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Family business development in mainland China 1872–1949

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  • Cheryl Susan McWatters
  • Qiu Chen
  • Shujun Ding
  • Wenxuan Hou
  • Zhenyu Wu

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http://ssrn.com/abstract=2695079
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-432
JournalBusiness History
Volume58
Issue number3
Early online date17 Jan 2016
DOIs
StateE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jan 2016

Abstract

This study reviews family business in mainland China from 1872 to 1949 and provides evidence of its early development and its origins in 1872 when the first modern manufacturing firm was founded. We analyse the social, economic, and political environment in which family firms in mainland China were embedded to improve our understanding of how this unique organisational form was established and developed. Our analyses cover the late Qing Dynasty and the period from 1912 to 1949 during which the Republic of China ruled mainland China. Implications for current family business theory and practice are discussed.

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