Overseas Chinese capitalism and globalisation : Chinese businesses, entrepreneurship and economic development in Singapore

Heng, Teck-Kin. (2003). Overseas Chinese capitalism and globalisation : Chinese businesses, entrepreneurship and economic development in Singapore PhD Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Heng, Teck-Kin.
Thesis Title Overseas Chinese capitalism and globalisation : Chinese businesses, entrepreneurship and economic development in Singapore
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2003
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Associate Professor David Ip
Total pages 283
Collection year 2003
Subjects L
370100 Sociology
720401 Marketing
750199 Work not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
This research examines the changes of overseas Chinese capitalism in East Asia affected by state policies and globalisation through the case study of Singapore. It argues that the development of ethnic Chinese businesses and entrepreneurship has been largely shaped by socio-historical and socio-economic forces since its independence. However, the changing demographic pattern and economic performance in the recent years have necessitated Singapore to develop a different development strategy and vision in the era of globalisation. This in tum has created new opportunities and directions for Chinese entrepreneurship and business activities to renew themselves in the island-state.

The findings of this research suggest that globalisation has impacted visibly on the structure and organisation of new Chinese businesses. Nevertheless, the main features of organising economic activities among the Chinese enterprises remain largely unchanged. It is found that although many Chinese businesses have undergone noticeable changes, and that new typologies could be readily identified, familism, personal trust, business network and control of decision-making still dominate as the modus operandi for many recently new Chinese businesses and entrepreneurs in Singapore. Moreover, in view of the current economic globalisation and changing directions of development in Singapore, ethnic Chinese entrepreneurship is seen to be a significant economic impetus. Their business tenacity will also make good use of the new opportunities that have risen from a more competitive globalised economy.
Keyword Capitalism -- China
China -- Economic relations -- Singapore
Singapore -- Economic relations -- China

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