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Title: Emerging forms of business venture under market socialism in China : a comparative study of four cases
Author: Zheng, Ping
ISNI:       0000 0001 3577 6050
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2007
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The purpose of this thesis is to explore the distinctive characteristics of emerging forms of business enterprise under market socialism and identify how rapid environmental and institutional changes in economic reforms are impacting upon them; particularly in shaping their management models. Some general patterns in the development of business ventures are identified to outline the dynamics of organizational change and management under market socialism in China. In chapter one, we review trends and characteristics in the development of market socialism in China and examine the general environment within which organizations operate: the economic and political systems. A summary account for the formation of market socialism is presented in this chapter. The impact of these for changing management processes is discussed in chapter two. The focus of this chapter is upon management practices under the two periods of `state' and `market' socialism. The evolution of enterprise management in China is examined in this historical context because this legacy has shaped many of the present features of management in present-day China. These first two chapters provide the background for our empirical research into four different types of enterprise management as these are emerging in China. These are (1) changing forms of state ownership; (2) collective-owned enterprises; (3) privately-owned business ventures; and (4) foreign joint-ventures. The methodology used for the empirical research is outlined in chapter three. Chapters four, five, six and seven present empirical data collected in the four case study organizations. These are analyzed by reference to the McKinsey 7-S framework. In chapter four, the case study of a state-owned enterprise - `Liaoning Times Group' is illustrated and analyzed; a collectively-owned enterprise - `Shenyang Liming Anna Clothing' is discussed in chapter five; `Dalian Dali Cashmere Product Company' -a privately-owned enterprise is investigated in chapter six; and `Dalian Sunfed Fashion Clothing' -a foreign joint-venture in chapter seven. In chapter eight, we compare the differences and similarities between the four cases studies and identify emerging trends in management practices as they are evolving under the continuing development of market socialism in China.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: H Social Sciences