Culture and the Business Systems of Asia

Redding, Gordon, Michael Bond, & Michael A. Witt (2014). The Role of Culture in Asian Business Systems. In Michael A. Witt and Gordon Redding (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems, 358-382. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

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Gordon Redding

INSEAD

Michael Harris Bond

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Michael A. Witt

INSEAD; Harvard University, Reischauer Institute

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This chapter of the Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems provides an overview of culture in Asia. Culture is defined as shared meaning interpreted in institutions in patterns that are best analysed through a complex adaptive systems framework. The understanding of the variety of Asian cultures begins with certain socio-economic givens, such as level of development. Data are then presented to reveal variations between societies in values, social axioms, and patterns of socializing. Clusters of countries are proposed, namely the Advanced Cities, Japan, the Advanced Northeast, the Emerging Southeast, and the Post-Socialist. The effects of culture on organizations are introduced via analysis of vertical order, horizontal order, and differences in rationale. This chapter contributes to the literature on business systems and varieties of capitalism as well as international management.

Keywords: culture, Asia, business systems, varieties of capitalism, institutions, socioeconomics, values, social axioms, rationale

Suggested Citation

Redding, Gordon and Bond, Michael Harris and Witt, Michael A., Culture and the Business Systems of Asia (2014). Redding, Gordon, Michael Bond, & Michael A. Witt (2014). The Role of Culture in Asian Business Systems. In Michael A. Witt and Gordon Redding (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems, 358-382. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2190792 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2190792

Gordon Redding

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Michael Harris Bond

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