Dear Colleagues:

I hope you are enjoying a pleasant summer.

Gordon Redding and I have just published (as co-editors) the Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems.   The book speaks to growing interest in institutional structures and institutional change in Asia.

Drawing on the deep knowledge of 32 leading experts, this book presents an empirical, comparative institutional analysis of 13 major Asian business systems between India and Japan. To aid comparison, each country chapter follows the same consistent outline. Complementing the country chapters are eleven contributions examining major themes across the region in comparative perspective and linking the empirical picture to existing theory on these themes. A further three chapters provide perspectives on the influence of history and institutional change. The concluding chapters spell out the implications of all these chapters for scholars and for business practitioners in Asia.

I include the Table of Contents below.  Further information, including a PDF of the introductory chapter, is available here:

Many universities now seem to have access to Oxford Handbooks Online.  As for getting a hardcopy, I would guess that OUP will offer a 20% discount at AOM.

I hope you will find the book interesting and perhaps also useful for your own work.

All the best,



Table of Contents

1: Michael A. Witt and Gordon Redding: Introduction

2: Michael A. Witt and Gordon Redding: China: Authoritarian Capitalism
3: Gordon Redding, Gilbert Y. Y. Wong, and William K. W. Leung: Hong Kong: Hybrid Capitalism as Catalyst
4: Lawrence Saez: India: From Failed Developmental State Towards Hybrid Market Capitalism
5: Andrew James Rosser: Indonesia: Oligarchic Capitalism
6: Michael A. Witt: Japan: Coordinated Capitalism Between Institutional Change and Structural Inertia
7: Edo Andriesse: Laos: Frontier Capitalism
8: Michael Carney and Edo Andriesse: Malaysia: Personal Capitalism
9: Mari Kondo: The Philippines: Inequality-Trapped Capitalism
10: Richard W. Carney: Singapore: Open State-Led Capitalism
11: Michael A. Witt: South Korea: Plutocratic State-Led Capitalism Reconfiguring
12: Zong-Rong Lee and Michael Hsiao: Taiwan: SME-Oriented Capitalism in Transition
13: Akira Suehiro and Natenapha Wailerdsak: Thailand: Post-Developmentalist Capitalism
14: Quang Truong and Chris Rowley: Vietnam: Post-State Capitalism

15: Michael Carney: Business Groups in Asia: An Institutional Perspective
16: Christina L. Ahmadjian: Corporate Governance and Business Systems in Asia
17: Gordon Redding, Michael Harris Bond, and Michael A.Witt: Culture and the Business Systems of Asia
18: Stephen J. Frenkel and Kyoung-Hee Yu: Employment Relations and Human Resource Management in Asia: Explaining Patterns in Asian Societies
19: Leslie Young: Financial Systems in Asia: Where Politics Meets Development
20: Axle Giroud: MNEs in Asian Business Systems
21: Arnoud De Meyer: National R&D Systems and Technology Development in Asia
22: Arie Y. Lewin and Xing Zhong: The Co-evolution of Global Sourcing of Business Support Functions and the Economic Development of Asian Emerging Economies
23: Peter Ping Li and Gordon Redding: Social Capital in Asia: Its Dual Nature and Function
24: Richard W. Carney and Michael A. Witt: The Role of the State in Asian Business Systems
25: Shige Makino and Daphne W. Yiu: A Survey of Strategic Behaviour and Firm Performance in Asia

26: Regina M. Abrami: Pictures of the Past: Historical Influences in Contemporary Asian Business Systems
27: Solee Shin and Gary G. Hamilton: Beyond Production: Changing Dynamics of Asian Business Groups
28: Richard Whitley: Change and Continuity in East Asian Business Systems

29: Michael A. Witt and Gordon Redding: Asian Business Systems: Implications and Perspectives for Comparative Business Systems and Varieties of Capitalism Research
30: Gordon Redding and Michael A. Witt: Asian Business Systems: Implications for Managerial Practice

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