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- DescriptionThis book disputes the traditional argument that the equal inheritance system hinders the growth of Chinese family business, approaching this t only in terms of ecomic capital, but also in terms of human capital such as education and leadership, and social networks. Zheng argues that most of the family business patriarchs only focus on the passing on ecomic capital, but give little attention to human capital and social capital when the come to the stage to transfer control to the next level. It further elaborates that the equal inheritance system itself isn't the destructive force that weakens family business competitiveness, but can assist ecomic development by generating dynamism and capital. Based on extensive primary research, the work discusses how equal division encourages sibling comparison, analysing how such comparisons initially generate stress and anxiety but will ultimately galvanize competition, benefiting the business. The author also assesses how family division can offer initial ecomic human and social capitals that can motivate siblings to start their own businesses and be free from the subjugation sometimes associated with a family firm. Through the evaluation of these issues the book argues that the equal inheritance system can be regarded as the origin of the self-employment mentality, which t only fosters the growth of Chinese family business by plays crucial role in promoting ecomic development. Providing a valuable contribution to the field, this work will be of great interest to all scholars of Chinese and Asian business.
- Author BiographyVictor Zheng is currently Research Assistant Professor of the Centre of Asian Studies, HKU. His research interest includes: Chinese family business and inheritance, Hong Kong commercial history and society, social indicators and social development.
- Author(s)Victor Zheng
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication14/12/2009
- SubjectManagement & Business: General
- Series TitleRoutledge Contemporary China Series
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note6 black & white illustrations, 23 black & white tables, 6 black & white line drawings
- Weight476 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsPaper over boards
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