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Business Networks and Strategic Alliances in China

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Business Networks and Strategic Alliances in China

9781845423063 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Stewart R. Clegg, Professor, University of Stavanger Business School, Norway and Nova School of Business and Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, Karen Wang, University of Technology, Sydney and Mike Berrell, formerly of RMIT University, Australia
Publication Date: 2007 ISBN: 978 1 84542 306 3 Extent: 352 pp
Business Networks and Strategic Alliances in China addresses how knowledge transfer and innovation are interwoven within complex networks and how social capital contributes to the acquisition of crucial resources and business success in multi-type enterprises in China.

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Business Networks and Strategic Alliances in China addresses how knowledge transfer and innovation are interwoven within complex networks and how social capital contributes to the acquisition of crucial resources and business success in multi-type enterprises in China.

The book explains how China’s remarkable global economic impact in recent years has developed from foreign investment and that the dominant vehicle for economic development has been the International Joint Venture (IJV) between Chinese manufacturers and overseas enterprises. Strict guidelines on FDI mean that foreign firms have been obliged to form relationships with Chinese organizations. The authors illustrate that as a direct result, the quality and nature of the relations, networks, and alliances forged is crucial for the success of Chinese businesses.

A sophisticated empirical, theoretical, comparative and historical guide to understanding the nature of business networks in China is provided by this work. As such, it makes a distinct contribution to the furtherance of evidence-based management theory and practice and will strongly appeal to those with an interest in management, international business and Asian studies.
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‘. . . the book can serve as a valuable reference for both novice scholars and experts with an intimate understanding of the business network literature who are interested in the dynamics of China’s integration with the global economy.’
– Laixiang Sun, The China Quarterly
Contributors
Contributors: K. Atuahene-Gima, W. Barner-Rasmussen, M. Berrell, I. Björkman, J. Child, S.R. Clegg, H. Dahles, J. Gamble, L.A. Keister, H. Li, R. Li-Hua, J. Peng, J. Selmer, S.T.T. Teo, E. Todeva, K. Wang
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Contents:

PART I: KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
1. Business Networks and Strategic Alliances in China: An Introduction
Stewart Clegg, Karen Wang and Mike Berrell

2. The Nature of Power, Control, Trust and Risk in International Joint Ventures: Implications for Relationships and Performance
Mike Berrell

3. The Role of Culture in International Business Relations: Pre-knowledge versus Socialization Tactics
Jan Selmer

4. Social Capital and Knowledge Transfer between Subsidiaries of Foreign MNCs and Local Organizations: Comparing the Cases of China and Finland
Wilhelm Barner-Rasmussen and Ingmar Björkman

5. The Adoption of Agency Business Activity, Product Innovation and Performance in Chinese Technology Ventures
Haiyang Li and Kwaku Atuahene-Gima

6. Tacit Knowledge and Inter-firm Learning in China
Richard Li-Hua and Jian Peng

PART II: CHINESE BUSINESS RELATIONS
7. Inter-firm Relations in Business Groups: Group Structure and Firm Performance in China
Lisa A. Keister

8. Creating Social Capital as a Competitive (Dis)advantage
Heidi Dahles

9. The Contextual Balance of Social Capital within Hierarchical Relations in China: Benefits and Risks
Karen Wang

10. Human Capital, Social Capital and Firm Performance in Chinese SMEs
Stephen T.T. Teo and Karen Wang

11. Business Networks in China: Legacies and Practice
Emanuela Todeva

12. Guanxi and Ethical Business Issues in China
Jos Gamble

13. Performance in International Joint Ventures in China: Critical Factors
John Child

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