Call for chapters : Business Networks in East Asian Capitalisms

Call for chapters : Business Networks in East Asian Capitalisms

Business Networks in East Asian Capitalisms : enduring trends, emerging patterns. Editors: Dr Jane Nolan (Aberystwyth), Professor Chris Rowley (City), Professor Malcolm Warner (Cambridge). Chandos Publishing, Elsevier.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, much was written about the growth of ‘network’ capitalism in East Asia. Scholars argued that if Western capitalist economies were ‘firm-based’, East Asian capitalist economies were ‘network-based’. In other words, understanding capitalism in East Asia required a close examination of the dynamics of networks and a recognition of their position as the institutional foundation of East Asian economies (Boisot and Child, 1996; Hamilton, 1996; Tung and Worm, 2001). However, while many East Asian networks share a common grounding in Confucian values, emphasizing harmonies and hierarchies in relationships, they do, nevertheless, vary in systematic ways based on historical, institutional and political differences (Redding, 1990; Whitely, 1992). As Hamilton (1996) notes, the theoretical significance of East Asian business networks hinges on understanding how networks of interpersonal relationships, that emerge in specific institutional environments, influence economic organization and economic performance. Throughout the region, despite sharing a common cultural heritage, different networks and organizational strategies are used in different contexts, drawing our attention to the way in which ‘efficiency’ in management practice and organizational forms are socially constructed and relative to local cultural values and political and institutional circumstance.

The aim of this book is to build on the foundational studies conducted in the 1990s by gathering together contemporary empirical and theoretical chapters which explore these themes in a comparative perspective. We invite contributions from authors working on the relationship between personal and business networks in one or more of the following countries: China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. Authors may emphasize enduring trends in social and business networks and/or track new emerging patterns, both within East Asian nations or between East Asia and other regions and such as Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Proposals should address some or all of the following questions

1. What are the specific characteristics of business networks in the country under investigation? To what extent do they share similarities with other countries in the region, because they are based on a common cultural or institutional heritage, and how do they differ given local historical and political processes?

2. How do these networks influence economic organization and economic performance? How is the relationship between networks, organization and economic performance perceived, constructed and justified in the local context?

3. While rooted in traditional structures and dynamically evolving institutions, how do these networks reflect economic integration into regional and global markets? How do the networks shape the particular ‘variety of capitalism’ in the region/nation under investigation?

Important deadlines and dates

  • Expressions of interest and abstract submissions (500 words): 1st May 2015
  • Notification of decision and invitation to submit chapter: 15th May 2015
  • Submission of chapter: 15th September 2015
  • Editorial feedback to authors: 15th October 2015
  • Revised chapter submission: 1st December 2015
  • Handover to publisher: January 2016
  • Anticipated publication date: July 2016

Expressions of interest and abstracts to Dr Jane Nolan: janenolan@cantab.net

Information about the editors

Dr Jane Nolan

Jane Nolan is a Reader in International Management at the University of Aberystwyth (July 2015). She was formerly a Senior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge and also taught at the University of Leicester. She has research interests in international human resource management, gender, work and organization, and Asian business and management. Her research has been funded by the ESRC and the Nuffield Foundation.

Professor Chris Rowley

Is at Cass Business School, City University, London, UK and the HEAD Foundation, Singapore. He was researched widely on Asian business and management with over 500 publications. He is Co-Editor of the leading journal, Asia Pacific Business Review. He has been a visitor to many universities in Asia and has also given practitioner talks, seminars and workshops.

Professor Malcolm Warner

Malcolm Warner is Professor and Fellow Emeritus, Wolfson College, Cambridge and Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has been the Editor-in-Chief, of the International Encyclopedia of Business and Management [IEBM], eight volumes (London: Thomson, 2002) and the author/editor of many books and articles on Asia. His latest work has recently been published: Understanding Management in China: Past, Present and Future, (London: Routledge, 2014). He is currently Co-Editor of the Asia Pacific Business Review.

Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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