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Business Groups in the West: Origins, Evolution, and Resilience

Asli M. Colpan and Takashi Hikino


This volume aims to explore the long-term evolution of different varieties of large enterprises in today’s developed economies. It focuses on the economic institution of business groups and attempts to comprehend the factors behind their rise, growth, struggle, and resilience; their behavioral and organizational characteristics; and their roles in national economic development. The volume seeks to enhance the scholarly and policy-oriented understanding of business groups in developed economies by bringing together state-of-the-art research on the characteristics and contributions of large ente ... More

Keywords: business groups, big business, developed economies, emerging economies, multidivisional enterprises, conglomerate firms, family business, Chandlerian paradigm

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198717973
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198717973.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Asli M. Colpan, editor
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Management and Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University

Takashi Hikino, editor
Mizuho Securities Endowment Professor, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University

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Part I Concepts and Arguments

Chapter 1 Introduction

Asli M. Colpan and Takashi Hikino

Chapter 3 Politics, Institutions, and Diversified Business Groups

Ben Ross Schneider, Asli M. Colpan, and Weihuang Wong

Chapter 4 Business Groups as Networks

James R. Lincoln and Matthew Sargent

Part II National Experiences of Business Groups

Group 1 Historical Front Runners in Western Europe

Chapter 5 Britain

Geoffrey Jones

Chapter 6 Belgium

Marco Becht

Chapter 7 The Netherlands

Ferry De Goey and Abe De Jong

Chapter 8 Germany

Harm G. Schröter

Chapter 9 France

Youssef cassis

Group 2 Catch-up Nations in Western Europe

Chapter 10 Sweden

Mats Larsson and Tom Petersson

Chapter 11 Italy

Andrea Colli and Michelangelo Vasta

Chapter 12 Spain

Alvaro cuervo-cazurra

Chapter 13 Portugal

Álvaro Ferreira da Silva and Pedro Neves

Group 3 Western Offshoots

Chapter 14 The United States in Historical Perspectives

Takashi Hikino and Marcelo Bucheli

15 The United States in Contemporary Perspectives

David Collis, Bharat Anand, and J. Yo-Jud Cheng

Chapter 16 Australia

Simon Ville

Chapter 17 Canada

Randall Morck and Gloria Y. Tian

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