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Chinese Business Networks And Chinese Entrepreneurship: Myths And Partial Truths—A Review Essay

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In the 1990s, the study of Chinese entrepreneurship and business practices was given impetus by the anxiety over China’s rapid economic expansion and the fear that the country might pose an economic and ultimately politico-military threat to countries in Asia and beyond. This chapter reviews five books, which attempt to engage with the academic debates concerning the Chinese business enterprises and, equally important, efforts to dispel the myths and misunderstandings that were pervasive among the journalistic and policy writings of the 1990s. It provides an overview of each of them according to the chronological order of their publication. The five books reviewed in the chapter emerged in a different political climate: amid the anxiety about an economically dominant global Chinese community. Their unprecedented achievement lies in addressing head-on the myths that surround Chinese entrepreneurship and Chinese business networks.

Keywords: Asia; Chinese business networks; Chinese entrepreneurship; global Chinese community



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