By Kai Yiu Chan

This ebook examines the connection among enterprise growth and the constitution of industrial in pre-war China via a cautious and pioneering examine of the organizations of Liu Hongsheng in the course of the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties. not like earlier stories that experience targeting such conceptual discussions as 'networks' and the position of the nation in chinese language fiscal and enterprise background, this current paintings makes a speciality of the institutional alterations inside chinese language company to seriously delineate the key associations within the operating of Chinese-owned corporations. not just does it discover these associations of Western foundation, comparable to the corporate and sleek banking, but in addition these of local tradition.

Liu Hongsheng used to be one of many leaders of the chinese language enterprise group in Shanghai from the 1910s to the early Fifties. in the course of the exam, using various past unused archival fabrics, of the main strains of his companies together with coal-distribution, wharf operations, cement making, match-manufacturing, banking, and actual property, this examine identifies the key institutional adjustments excited about the process the growth of the total company earlier than the outbreak of the second one Sino-Japanese struggle. specifically, the writer argues that the 'accounts workplace' or 'zhangfang' used to be the center of the organization.

This booklet could be of significant curiosity to experts and scholars of chinese language company and financial historical past. It additionally presents a base for comparative company and fiscal historical past, specially when you have an interest in evaluating ecu and American companies with the chinese language ones. finally, this booklet serves the curiosity of students and scholars of East Asian background, who will locate in Liu's tale a considerable instance of the inventive institutional size of industrial within the chinese language diaspora.

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