11 May 2015

Business systems in Asia explored

Source: OUP.
The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems, edited by Michael Witt and Gordon Redding, is the first book to explore business systems from India to Japan. 

According to publishers Oxford University Press, much of the existing literature within the "varieties of capitalism" (VOC) and "comparative business systems" fields of research is heavily focused on Europe, Japan, and the Anglo-Saxon nations. This is the first book to produce a detailed empirical picture of the institutional structures of most Asian nations and to explore the extent that existing theory applies to the Asian context.

The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems aims to address this imbalance by exploring the shape and consequences of institutional variations across the political economies of different societies within Asia. 

Drawing on the knowledge of 31 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 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 in the field and for business practitioners in Asia.

Michael A. Witt is a Professor of Asian Business and Comparative Management at the Singapore campus of INSEAD. He is also the General Editor of Asian Business & Management, an SSCI-listed journal on business and management in the Asian context. He is an Associate in Research at the Reischauer Institute at Harvard University, and has written a number of books, including The Future of Chinese Capitalism with Gordon Redding (OUP, 2007), Changing Japanese Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and an eight-volume edited compilation of seminal contributions on Asian business and its institutional context, Major Works in Asian Business and Management (SAGE, 2012). 

Gordon Redding is based at INSEAD in Singapore, teaching Asian business. He holds an Emeritus Professorship at the University of Hong Kong where he taught for twenty-four years, and where he founded and directed the business school. He is also Secretary-General of the HEAD Foundation in Singapore, a think-tank devoted to regional issues of social capital and development via higher education. His books include The Working Class Manager (Saxon House), Spirit of Chinese Capitalism (de Gruyter), and The Enterprise and Management in East Asia (Centre of Asian Studies), edited with Stewart Clegg and Dexter Dunphy.

The 752-page paperback (ISBN 978-0-19-874542-6) was launched in April 2015, and costs £30. This book is also available as a hardback or an e-book

Other editions of this book have been quoted extensively. View the list on Google Scholar.