Family Business Development in Mainland China: From 1872 to 1949

Business History, Forthcoming

44 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2015

See all articles by Cheryl Susan McWatters

Cheryl Susan McWatters

Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa; University of Ottawa - Management

Qiu Chen

University of Ottawa

Shujun Ding

University of Ottawa - Telfer School of Management

Wenxuan Hou

University of Edinburgh - Business School; Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance

Zhenyu Wu

University of Manitoba

Date Written: November 24, 2015

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.

Keywords: Family business; Mainland China; Early development; Late Qing Dynasty

JEL Classification: N00, N85

Suggested Citation

McWatters, Cheryl Susan and Chen, Qiu and Ding, Shujun and Hou, Wenxuan and Wu, Zhenyu, Family Business Development in Mainland China: From 1872 to 1949 (November 24, 2015). Business History, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2695079

Cheryl Susan McWatters

Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa ( email )

Ottawa, Ontario
Canada

University of Ottawa - Management ( email )

Ottawa, Ontario
Canada

Qiu Chen

University of Ottawa ( email )

Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada

Shujun Ding

University of Ottawa - Telfer School of Management ( email )

136 Jean-Jacques Lussier Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada

Wenxuan Hou

University of Edinburgh - Business School ( email )

University of Edinburgh
29 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.wenxuanhou.com

Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance ( email )

Zhenyu Wu (Contact Author)

University of Manitoba ( email )

181 Freedman Crescent
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5V4
Canada

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