Global Change: The Impact of Asia in the 21st Century

Global Change: The Impact of Asia in the 21st Century


Edited by Professor Richard Thorpe, Edited by Stephen Little

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 458 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 224mm x 27mm | 649g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0333920066
  • ISBN 13: 9780333920060
  • Illustrations note: 34 tables, and 28 charts and diagrams

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Following on from the previous successful Global Change volume Organisational Strategy and Technological Adaptation to Global Change, this volume presents leading edge research into the disparate economies of Asia, and considers the dynamics and developments of those economies and their implications for the emerging global economy. Global Change is based on debates that took place at the second Global Change conference at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1998. The conference captured the Asian economic crisis very much as it was happening, and enabled both the causes and effects of the crisis to be analysed by researchers, practitioners and key academics who specialise in the region. Richard Thorpe and Steve Little present here a selection of edited papers from the conference which focus on Asia's impact in the twenty-first century: ranging from the history of developments in Asia over the last twenty to thirty years and the changes in growth, to the processes of globalisation and its effects. The contributors are specialists in the Asian region, enabling them to analyse recent case evidence from an 'insider' perspective.

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RICHARD THORPE is Professor in Management and Director of the Graduate Business School in the Faculty of Management and Business at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Throughout the 1990s, he has worked and researched with colleagues in Britain, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic on projects with Central and Eastern Europe. He has published widely on aspects of management and development. STEVE LITTLE is Senior Lecturer in Knowledge Management for the Open University Business School. Following eleven years in Australia based at Griffith University, Brisbane, and the University of Wollongong NSW, Steve has also held visiting professorships to the Urban Research Programme at the Australian National University and the Fujitsu Centre for Managing Information Technology in organisations at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Table of contents

Introduction PART 1: FRAMING THE CONFERENCE The Century of the Pacific Rim A Story of Monetary Mismanagement Investing in Asia's Dynamism Globalization and FDI in Asian Developing Countries The European Union and East Asia: Geoeconomics, Economic Diplomacy and Crisis Management Corporate Governance: Global Issues and Japanese Perspectives PART 2: DIVERSITY Theories of Japanese Multinational Investment: Critical Comments from the UK Perspective Learning from Learning at Toyota Japanese Style of Management of Japanese Affiliates in Germany and the UK Global Companies and Local Markets: The Internationalization of Product Design and Development Activities PART 3: WEST INTO EAST Adoption of East Asian Management Practices: Experiences of Some 'Best Practice' Organisations in the UK The Impact of British Direct Investment in China Since the Open Door Policy German Exports: Past Development and Future Prospects: Distribution Policy as a Competitive Strategic Component of Mittelstand Firms in the ASEAN Countries Experiences of Joint Venture Companies in China: Management and Operational Issues PART 4: CHINA Strategic Development in China's Changing State and Non-State Enterprises China Reconstructs: The Transformation of Management in Two Telecommunications Technology Producers Clusters, Industrial Districts and the Competitiveness of Chinese Industries PART 5: SOUTH EAST ASIA (SINGAPORE) Indigenous Supply Chain Development: Case Study Evidence from Singapore's Electronics Cluster International Production Networks and Human Resources: The Case of the Malaysian Electronics Industry Planning and Partners: The Growth of Aerospace Industry in South East Asia The Asian Crisis: The End of an Economic Miracle