Beyond Production: Changing Dynamics of Asian Business Groups

Solee Irene Shin, Gary G. Hamilton

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This article examines the changes that have occurred in the domestic economies of Japan, Taiwan, and Korea in the past two decades. It examines, first, the process through which these three economies have changed from relatively insulated manufacturing economies to multi-sector economies whose capacities are closely tied to regional and global economic currents. It then examines how these economies have gone through major economic events—recessions, depressions, and global economic crises—and how these changes have led business groups to refocus on domestic markets. It particularly focuses on the development of the retail sector of these economies, on the adoption of lean retailing techniques, and on the variation in business strategies across the three markets. This examination shows how firms and business groups structure the economies of which they are part. The article contributes to the literature on business systems and varieties of capitalism.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems
EditorsMichael A Witt, Gordon Redding
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199654925
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • retail
  • East Asia
  • business systems
  • varieties of capitalism
  • lean retailing
  • consumption
  • domestic economy
  • business groups
  • global financial crises


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