This is a selective, annotated bibliography originally produced for LSE graduate students who attend a course I (jointly) teach on Business in the Global Environment. I feel that this bibliography gives a pretty comprehensive introduction to what is happening through the region from Japan through to India. China is over-represented, but that reflects the current state of the publishing industry. ASEAN is badly under-represented, and I will try to adjust the balance over the winter.
I have not put in ISBN numbers. You will be able to check up on any of these books by going to Amazon.com and searching on the title or the author. Amazon gives you lots readers reviews (often very good) and steers you towards related books which might interest you. ....... so use this bibliography as an initial stepping stone. (Louis Turner October 2007)
Ahonen & O'Reilly 2007
Digital Korea: Convergence of Broadband Internet, 3G Cell Phones, Multiplayer Gaming, Digital TV, Virtual Reality, Electronic Cash, Telematics, Robotics, E-Government and the Intelligent Home (Hardcover) / Tomi Ahonen (Author), Jim O'Reilly (Author) futuretext (June 6, 2007) This is an exceptional book which demonstrates South Korea's leadership in many areas of the whole digital sector. The authors put in lots of case material but, also, add in a great deal of comparative material so that it is possible to decide how far ahead the Koreans may or may not be in the various sub-sectors.
Aoki, Jackson & Miyajima (eds) 2007
Corporate Governance in Japan: Institutional Change and Organizational Diversity (Hardcover) / Masahiko Aoki (Editor), Gregory Jackson (Editor), Hideaki Miyajima (Editor) Oxford University Press, USA (September 28, 2007) This will become the definitive study of the Japanese corporate governance scene in the midst of this decade. A very thorough analytical job done by serious Japanese (and a few Western) scholars. They identify the emergence of hybrid forms of governance, incorporating Japanese and Anglo-American characteristics. The question they don't try to answer is whether this change will be fast enough to maintain Japanese competitiveness
(this is a personal favourite for when I'm fed up with the serious literature on the region). Asia! is a personality-driven monthly magazine which focuses on the pop-stars, film-makers, games-developers and the private lives of tycoons across the region. Also covers the Asian diaspora in the rest of the world. Frothy, non-academic, but a useful window on creative Asia. (I'll add subscription details in the near future)
Backman & Butler 2004
Big in Asia : 25 strategies for business success / Michael Backman and Charlotte Butler Edition:Rev. and updated. Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 Strong on the role of Chinese and Indian executives in Asia. Deals with Managing partnerships with Japanese and Koreans.
Bresnahan & Gambardella (Eds) 2004
Building high-tech clusters : Silicon Valley and beyond / Timothy Bresnahan and Alfonso Gambardella (Eds)(Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004) includes a significant chapter on Taiwan's Hsinchu Region (by Annalee Saxenian)
Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century (Paperback) / Kerry Brown (Author), Jonathan Fenby (Foreword) Anthem Press (August 1, 2007) Kerry has travelled extensively in China as language student, British diplomat and business executive. In a very readable way, his book brings out the sheer complexity of China. It won't teach you how to run a business in China, but reading it will alert you to some of the fault lines within China which could de-rail you.
Financial crisis and transformation of Korean business groups : the rise and fall of Chaebols / Sea-Jin Chang. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003. This covers the evolution of the Chaebols after the 1997 Asian Crisis.
Mr. China: A memoir (Paperback) / Tim Clissold (Author) Collins (February 28, 2006) The memoirs of a British executive who invested in some 20 Chinese companies during the 1990s. Gives a warts and all account of what the investment climate in China is really like (he ended up with heart attack). An interesting read.
De Meyer 2005
Global future : the next challenge for Asian business / Arnoud De Meyer ... [et al.] Publisher: Singapore : John Wiley & Sons (Asia), 2005. A series of 8 case studies written by CEOs, illustrating different aspects of internationalisation in Asia. Covers Sony, Kikkoman, Samsung Electronics, Li & Fung, Singapore Telecom, K.V Chanrai Group , Olam, Uni-President, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Netcom Corporation.
Demos 2007 (Atlas of Ideas)
- Kirsten Bound, Charles Leadbeater, Simon O'Connor, Molly Webb, James Wilsdon (2007) The Atlas of Ideas: Europe: Europe and Asia in the new geography of science (ISBN 9781841801810) http://www.demos.co.uk/files/EU%20Atlas%20-%20web4.pdf
- James Keeley, James Wilsdon, 2007 , China: The next science superpower? (ISBN 1 84180 173 9) http://www.demos.co.uk/files/China_Final.pdf
- Kirsten Bound, India: The uneven innovator (ISBN 1 84180 171 2) http://www.demos.co.uk/files/India_Final.pdf
- Molly Webb, Korea: Mass innovation comes of age London: Demos 2007 (ISBN 1 84180 171 0) http://www.demos.co.uk/files/Korea_Final.pdf
These make up a very readable, stimulating set of booklets produced by a well-connected British think tank. They report on a well-funded project, which was backed by a number of institutions which are central to British science policy. Good analysis, aupported with lively background case material.
Chindia: How China and India Are Revolutionizing Global Business (Paperback) / Peter Engardio McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 23, 2006) Chapter 11 The New Competition pp 321-365
Regional Powerhouse: The Greater Pearl River Delta and the Rise of China / Michael J. Enright, Edith E. Scott and Ka-mun Chang (Comments) Wiley (June 24, 2005) Looks promising from Amazon reviews.
China CEO: Voices of Experience from 20 International Business Leaders (Paperback) / Juan Antonio Fernandez (Author), Laurie Underwood Wiley (April 15, 2006) Juan Antonio Fernandez, a professor at the China-Europe International Business School, and Laurie Underwood of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Shanghai have interviewed 20 top international executives working in China for Fortune 500 companies such as Airbus, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Microsoft, Sony and Unilever. This book has been selling well.
China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World (Paperback) / Ted C. Fishman Scribner (April 11, 2006)
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century (Hardcover Updated and Expanded) / Thomas L. Friedman Farrar, Straus and Giroux; (April 18, 2006) Global best-seller which focuses on the new sources of competition in the world, with particularly emphasis on the rise of China and India. Good first-hand reporting from the front line. Follows on from his previous hit, The Lexus and the Olive Tree (2000)
Alliance Capitalism The Social Organization of Japanese Business : The Social Organization of Japanese Business (Paperback) / ML Gerlach, University of California Press; New Ed edition (24 Jul 1997) The Keiretsu system has been at the heart of the Japanese economic system. This is most thorough English-language study of the phenomenon.
China's Global Reach: Markets, Multinationals, and Globalization (Revised and Updated Edition) (Paperback) / George, Zhibin Gu (Author) Fultus Corporation; Rev Upd edition (July 13, 2006) contains several dozen case studies on global multinationals doing business in China, like Wal-Mart, P&G, Intel, HSBC, Bank of America, Ford, Siemens, BP, Unilever, Sony, GE, GM, Morgan Stanley, and Microsoft.Â Also covers developments involving Haier, Huawei, TCL, Lenovo, China Telecom, Baosteel, China Oil, Sinopec, CNOOC, and Ping An.
Ghosn and Ries 2005
Shift: Inside Nissan's Historic Revival (paperback) / Carlos Ghosn and Philippe Ries; Publisher Currency Book/Doubleday 2005. Originally published in French in 2003, this is the first-person story of Ghosn who, through Renault's alliance with Nissan, showed that Japanese managers could respond well to Western managerial discipline. This is a seriously interesting read, which explains what he did with Nissan and why he was the right man for the job. (Reviewed 2.2008)
Gill & Kharas (eds) 2007
An East Asian Renaissance: Ideas for Economic Growth (Paperback) / Indermit Singh Gill (Editor), Homi J. Kharas (Editor) World Bank,The,U.S. (15 April 2007) This book follows on from The East Asian Miracle (World Bank 1993). It brings the Asian story up to date, giving more emphasis to the rise of China, looking at how the region is aggressively exploiting the sources of dynamism within Asia, while looking how it will integrate internationally while completing domestic integration. The most accessible semi-official overview of developments within the region.
Bangalore Tiger (Hardcover) / Steve Hamm (Author) McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 19, 2006) A major study of the rise of Wipro
Harvard Business Review on Doing Business in China (Harvard Business Review Paperback Series) (Paperback) by Harvard Business School Press (Editor), Rick Yan (Author), Kenneth Libeberthal (Author) Harvard Business School Press (December 2004) Could be useful
China and the Internet / Christopher Hughes (London: Routledge 2003) Scholarly, but genuinely interesting.
Diamond Dilemma: Shaping Korea for the 21st Century (Paperback) by Tariq Hussain Lulu.com (March 2, 2007) I haven't yet seen this book, but I have heard good things about it and its author. This should prove to be an important book on the evolution of the Korean economy.
Jwa & Lee 2004
Competition and corporate governance in Korea : reforming and restructuring the Chaebol / edited by Sung-Hee Jwa, In Kwon Lee. (Cheltenham ; Northhampton, MA : Edward Elgar, c2004 A relatively recent book on Chaebol reform.
Kim & Nelson (eds) 2000
Technology, Learning, and Innovation: Experiences of Newly Industrializing Economies (Paperback) by Linsu Kim (Editor), Richard R. Nelson Cambridge University Press (July 24, 2000)
China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future -- and the Challenge for America (Hardcover) by James Kynge Houghton Mifflin (September 27, 2006) Best selling winner of the Financial Times Business Book of the Year award (Kynge was once a reporter for the FT).Â Well-informed look at the forces at work.
The box : how the shipping container made the world smaller and the world economy bigger / Marc Levinson. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2006. Not necessarily about China or India, but you cannot understand how the region has emerged as an economic powerhouse, without having an understanding of how containers have changed the world.
The Toyota Way (Hardcover) / Jeffrey Liker McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 17, 2003) Toyota has been the talismanic Japanese company, leading the way in Lean Manufacturing. The company has powered to leadership of the world auto industry despite the travails of the Japanese economy in recent decades.
Remade in America : transplanting and transforming Japanese management systems / edited by Jeffrey K. Liker, W. Mark Fruin, Paul S. Adler New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999 I'm not aware of a more recent book on this.
Ling & Wiley 2006
The Lenovo Affair: The Growth of China's Computer Giant and Its Takeover of IBM-PC / Zhijun Ling and Martha Avery Wiley (June 23, 2006) Lenovo is probably the most visible Chinese company which is seeking to establish a global presence.
Dragon multinational : a new model for global growth / John A Mathews(New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.) Focuses on Acer, the Hong Leong hotel group, Ispat International,Â Cemex and Li and Fung. A relatively early book focussing on the rise of Third World multinationals.
McManus, Li & Moitra 2007
China and India: Opportunities and threats for the Global Software Industry / John McManus, Mingzhi Li, Deependra Moitra (Oxford, England: Chandos Publishing 2007) This book combines a British academic with an industrialist from India and business school academic in China. The analysis of the Indian and Chinese software scenes is very detailed and interesting conclusions come out of the comparisons. Mostly of interest to software and ICT specialists, but has value for those who want to compare the Indian and Chinese systems.
The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us (Hardcover) / Robyn Meredith W. W. Norton (July 16, 2007) One of the books which is starting to look at the rise of India in the slipstream of China.
Transforming China: Globalization, Transition and Development (Anthem Studies in Political Economy and Globalization) / Peter Nolan Anthem Press (June 2004) Peter Nolan is the doyen of British academics looking at the Chinese economy, with specific emphasis on the corporate sector. Also check out his earlier book China and the Global Economy: National Champions, Industrial Policy and the Big Business Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan (10 May 2001)
Porter, Takeuchi & Sakakibara 2000
Can Japan Compete? (Hardcover) by Michael E. Porter (Author), Hirotaka Takeuchi (Author), Mariko Sakakibara (Author) Palgrave Macmillan (12 Jul 2000) A particularly good study of the problems faced by the Japanese economy. Michael Porter brings his Harvard Business School background to the study.
Three billion new capitalists : the great shift of wealth and power to the East / Clyde Prestowitz Publisher: New York: BasicBooks ; London : Perseus Running [distributor], 2006. This is a best seller from President Reagan's former Secretary of Commerce.
Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace (Paperback) by Ngai Pun (Author) Duke University Press; Rev Ed edition (February 2005) One of the books focussing on the dark side of the Chinese story.
The travels of a T-shirt in the global economy : an economist examines the markets, power and politics of world trade, by Pietra Rivoli, Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2005 Has a significant section on the Chinese angle.
Rowen, Hancock, Miller (Eds) 2006
Making IT: The Rise of Asia in High Tech (Paperback) by Henry Rowen (Editor), Marguerite Hancock (Editor), William Miller (Editor) Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (October 26, 2006) Comes well recommended. Cases studies on Taiwan, India, Singapore, Korea, China, and Japan, with discussion of clusters.
The Honda Myth: the Genius and his Wake / Masaaki Sato: published Vertical Inc 2006. Originally an award-winning book in Japan in 1995. Sato, an exceptionally experienced business journalist, gives a warts and all analysis of the rise of Honda. Argues that the company has lost momentum with the retirement of Soichiro Honda and Takeo Fujisawa. Excellent on the industrial politics of Japan behind the "Japanese Miracle". (Reviewed 2.2008)
BioBusiness in Asia: How Asia can capitalize on the life science revolution / Dr Gurinder Shahi Pearson Prentice Hall 2004 For readers who already believe the 21st Century will be the century of Asia and Biotechnology then this book puts meat on the bone. For those who do not yet appreciate what the future holds, this will go a long way to convincing them. In the coming decades, the world is going to see a combination of ingredients coming together to deliver a powerful force in the global economy: Asia + Entrepreneurship + Biotechnology. This book is an essential tool for those on the ground who will make this happen [Hugh Purser, Director, Asia-Pacific Technology Network)
Sull & Wang 2005
Made In China: What Western Managers Can Learn from Trailblazing Chinese Entrepreneurs (Hardcover) / Donald N. Sull (Author), Yong Wang Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School Press 2005) I'm allergic to books which over-sell the lessons the West can learn from new miracle economies (having lived through the earlier waveÂ of books extolling the strengths of Japanese managers.
Saving the Sun: How Wall Street Mavericks Shook Up Japan's Financial World and Made Billions / Gillian Tett (Paperback - Sep 7, 2004) Collins (September 7, 2004) This is the classic story of how Ripplewood Holdings, a small Private Equity fund, took over and turned around the failed Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan, now known as Shinsei. Gives a vivid picture of how appalling the management of Japanese banks was in the era of the Bubble economy. Tett was the Financial Times' Tokyo correspondent during the early 2000s and tells a fascinating story well.
Tsai and Cheng 2006
The Silicon Dragon: High-Tech Industry in Taiwan / Terence Tsai and Bor-Shiuan Cheng, Publisher: Edward Elgar, 2006. This gives a very detailed overview of the Taiwanese semiconductor industry, with chapters on ITRI, the Science Parks, Macronix, TSMC, UMC, Applied Materials, Philips Semiconductors, UTC and Acer. Although some contributions were written in 2004, a number only take the story to around 2000. With that proviso, an excellent introduction to a key centre of industrial excellence. (Reviewed 2.2008)
Japan Remodeled: How Government and Industry are Reforming Japanese Capitalism / Steven K Vogel Cornell University Press (Feb 2007) A major academic interpretation of how the Japanese system has partially reformed itself. It tells the story of how Japan responded to the collapse of the Bubble Economy. It goes relatively deeply into how five or six major Japanese companies (including Nissan) have evolved over that period.
Why Globalization Works (Yale Nota Bene) (Paperback) / Martin Wolf (Author) Yale Nota Bene; 2New Ed edition (4 Feb 2005) Probably the best exposition on the process of globalisation. Good on the place of China and India in this process. Author is one of the Financial Times' most influential columnists
Womack & Jones 1996/2003
Lean Thinking : Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Revised and Updated (Hardcover) by James P. Womack (Author), Daniel T. Jones (Author) Free Press; 2 Rev Upd edition (June 10, 2003) Womack and Jones led the ground-breaking MIT study on Lean Manufacturing (Machine that Changed the World), which first highlighted the Toyota-led production engineering revolution which had taken place in Japan.Â This book takes the lean philosophy way beyond the factory.
World Bank 1993
The East Asian Miracle: economic growth and public policy, World Bank Policy Research Report, Oxford 1993 The classic official overview of Asian catch-up, with an implicit message that government targeting was not particularly important. Needs to be taken with a pinch of salt.
World Investment Report 2006
FDI from Developing and Transition Economies: Implications for Development (Chapter III, Emerging Sources of FDI). The annual World Investment Reports from UNCTAD are a superb source of statistical analysis, filled with exceptional case material, covering all aspects of the multinational company phenomenon as it affects emerging economies. This one charts the rise of MNCs from, amongst others, the countries from Asia. Available in pdf format from the web.
- The 2005 volume focuses on TNCs and the Internationalisation of R&D
- The 2004 volume focuses on The Shift Towards Services (UN 2004) Chapter 4: The offshoring of Corporate Service Functions: the next shift?
Innovative East Asia: The Future of Growth (World Bank Publication) (Paperback) by Shahid Yusuf (Author) World Bank,The,U.S. (30 April 2003) Covers issues such as the place of clusters in Asia, innovation systems, the rise of international production networks, the place of education and the role of ICT in the region's development.
Zeng & Williamson 2007
Dragons at Your Door: How Chinese Cost Innovation Is Disrupting Global Competition (Hardcover) by Ming Zeng (Author), Peter J. Williamson (Author) Harvard Business School Press (June 12, 2007) An excellent study of Chinese companies which have turned themselves into global players, by building on their low-cost beginnings to identify the "loose bricks" in the fortifications of established Western competitors. Strong analysis of firms such as Huawei, China International Marine Containers, Chery Automobile, Haier, Lenovo, Pearl River Piano Group, TCL - with passing reference to many other Chinese companies. The authors are thorough in their analysis, without over-emphasising the lessons.