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Author Bian, Morris L., 1961-

Title The making of the state enterprise system in modern China : the dynamics of institutional change / Morris L. Bian
Published Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 331 pages) : illustrations
Contents Development of the ordnance industry -- Expansion of heavy industries -- Enterprise governance structure -- Enterprise management and incentive mechanisms -- Enterprises provision of social services and welfare -- Danwei designation of state-owned enterprises -- Nationalist ideology of the developmental state
Summary When, how, and why did the state enterprise system of modern China take shape? The conventional argument is that China borrowed its economic system and development strategy wholesale from the Soviet Union in the 1950s. In an important new interpretation, Morris Bian shows instead that the basic institutional arrangement of state-owned enterprise--bureaucratic governance, management and incentive mechanisms, and the provision of social services and welfare--developed in China during the war years 1937-1945. Bian offers a new theory of institutional change that explains the formation of China's state enterprise system as the outcome of the sustained systemic crisis triggered by the Sino-Japanese war. This groundbreaking work combines critical analysis of government policies with case studies of little-studied enterprises in heavy industries and the ordnance industry. Drawing on extensive research in previously unavailable archives, Bian adds a valuable historical perspective to the current debate on how to reform China's sluggish and unprofitable state-owned firms
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-322) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Danwei -- History -- 20th century.
Government business enterprises -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Industrial management -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Industrial organization -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Industrial policy -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Iron industry and trade -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Ordnance -- Manufacture -- History -- 20th century.
Steel industry and trade -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004059653
ISBN 067401717X (alk. paper)
0674020936 (electronic bk.)
9780674017177 (alk. paper)
9780674020931 (electronic bk.)