- Preface and Acknowledgements
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- China: Authoritarian Capitalism
- Hong Kong: Hybrid Capitalism as Catalyst
- India: From Failed Developmental State Towards Hybrid Market Capitalism
- Indonesia: Oligarchic Capitalism
- Japan: Coordinated Capitalism Between Institutional Change and Structural Inertia
- Laos: Frontier Capitalism
- Malaysia: Personal Capitalism
- The Philippines: Inequality–Trapped Capitalism
- Singapore: Open State-Led Capitalism
- South Korea: Plutocratic State-Led Capitalism Reconfiguring
- Taiwan: Sme-Oriented Capitalism in Transition
- Thailand: Post-Developmentalist Capitalism
- Vietnam: Post-State Capitalism
- Business Groups in Asia: An Institutional Perspective
- Corporate Governance and Business Systems in Asia
- Culture and the Business Systems of Asia
- Employment Relations and Human Resource Management in Asia: Explaining Patterns in Asian Societies
- Financial Systems in Asia: Where Politics Meets Development
- MNEs in Asian Business Systems
- National R&D Systems and Technology Development in Asia
- The Co-evolution of Global Sourcing of Business Support Functions and the Economic Development of Asian Emerging Economies
- Social Capital in Asia: Its Dual Nature and Function
- The Role of the State in Asian Business Systems
- A Survey of Strategic Behaviour and Firm Performance in Asia
- Pictures of the Past: Historical Influences in Contemporary Asian Business Systems
- Beyond Production: Changing Dynamics of Asian Business Groups
- Change and Continuity in East Asian Business Systems
- Asian Business Systems: Implications and Perspectives for Comparative Business Systems and Varieties of Capitalism Research
- Asian Business Systems: Implications for Managerial Practice
Abstract and Keywords
This article provides an overview of social capital in Asia. Social capital is trust and appears in two main forms: relational, based on societal norms, and systemic, based on societal institutions. The relational encourages personalistic transactions; and systemic trust, supports more formal, and usually larger, transactions backed by law. For economic development, the systemic form becomes crucial but needs to be compatible with relational norms. The dimensions of social capital are often dual in nature. This article employs a theory that accepts this and analyses the phenomena as yin–yang balancing, seeing trust as a culturally determined enabler of social cooperation. The evolutions of trustworthiness in Japan, China, and the Philippines are analysed. This article contributes to the literature on varieties of capitalism and business systems as well as that on social capital. It raises the question of the middle-income trap and development more generally.
Peter Ping Li is Professor of Chinese Business Studies at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
Gordon Redding is a professor of Asian Business and Comparative Management at INSEAD, Singapore, Professor Emeritus of Management Studies, University of Hong Kong and the Secretary General of the Head Foundation, Singapore.
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