The prospect of familism in the global era: A study on the recent development of the ethnic-chinese business, with particular attention to the indonesian context [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 79 (3):311 - 317 (2008)
The ethnic-Chinese business is often characterised by a central role of the family both in the structure of the firm and in its corporate culture. This has political, social as well as cultural reasons. The centrality of the family in business has its advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, it enables a fast, efficient and flexible process of decision-making. On the other hand, it often contradicts modern business professionalism. The younger generation of ethnic-Chinese business actors tend to preserve crucial elements of such family-centred characteristics. Yet, globalisation drives them to transform their business style, lessening its dependence on family resources and adopting more-modern professional ideas. Changes in current political situation, religious-cultural trend, demography and education contribute to making possible the transformation.
Keywords Chinese culture  Chinese-Indonesian  christian theology of family  Confucianism  corporate values  family business  globalisation  inter-generational succession  racial discrimination
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