Success Amidst Prejudice: Guanxi Networks in Chinese Businesses in Indonesia and Malaysia
The study of ethnic Chinese business networks in Southeast Asia is under-theorized. In explaining their economic success, much of the literature on this phenomenon tends to adopt an excessively socio-cultural interpretation, focusing on guanxi. Such an essentialist reading tends to imbue cultural attributes with a sense of timelessness. However, one cannot ignore the ethnic prism through which political and economic life vis-à-vis the ethnic Chinese is viewed in Indonesia and Malaysia. To surmount the lack of trust in their operating environments, Chinese businesses resort to extensive use of embedded social-cultural and political networks. 'Political guanxi' highlights the need to consider the institutional and politico-economic aspects of Chinese economic success. Yet, the extensive use of political guanxi cannot guarantee long-term success, let alone the survival and prosperity of the citizen-Chinese community.
Asian Studies | Business | Law and Politics | Law and Race | Race and Ethnicity
Law, Society and Governance
Journal of Asian Business
University of Michigan
TAN, Eugene K. B..
Success Amidst Prejudice: Guanxi Networks in Chinese Businesses in Indonesia and Malaysia. (2000). Journal of Asian Business. 16, (1), 65-83. Research Collection School Of Law.
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