Trading Networks of Chinese Entrepreneurs in Singapore
The entrenchment of entrepreneurs in local, regional, or global business networks based on kinship, clanship, territorial, or ethnic ties has often been cited as characteristic of Chinese business communities in Southeast Asia. Qualitative interviews with Singaporean Chinese merchant-exporters were conducted in order to examine this thesis. The findings reveal that there is a strong tendency among Chinese entrepreneurs in Singapore to rely on external commercial relationships with ‘outsiders’ and ‘friends’ rather with those related by blood or marriage. It is suggested that kinship reciprocity may under some circumstances curb the autonomy and freedom of the transacting actors, thus limiting their abilities to make decisions in the regional and international market-places. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources
SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia
MENKHOFF, Thomas and Labig, Chalmers.
Trading Networks of Chinese Entrepreneurs in Singapore. (1996). SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. 11, (1), 128-151. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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