What is Chinese about Chinese businesses? Locating the 'rise of China' in global production networks

Pan, Chengxin 2009, What is Chinese about Chinese businesses? Locating the 'rise of China' in global production networks, Journal of contemporary China, vol. 18, no. 58, pp. 7-25.

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Title What is Chinese about Chinese businesses? Locating the 'rise of China' in global production networks
Author(s) Pan, Chengxin
Journal name Journal of contemporary China
Volume number 18
Issue number 58
Start page 7
End page 25
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-01
ISSN 1067-0564
1469-9400
Summary There is an implicit but commonly held assumption that Chinese businesses are distinctively Chinese. Casting them in unitary and national terms, this assumption has often provided the underpinnings for the conception of the strength of Chinese businesses as signs of an emerging China threat. Drawing on a global production networks (GPN) approach, this paper aims to question the assumption by arguing that many Chinese businesses, embedded in the expanding global and regional production networks, have taken on important transnational characteristics. Given these transnational connections, Chinese business networks in both 'Greater China' and China proper are characterized more by diversity and fragmentation than by cultural coherence and homogeneity. This analysis of the transnationalization and fragmentation of contemporary Chinese businesses helps better understand and respond to the complex challenge posed by the economic dynamism in China.
Language eng
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016566

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