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Title: Management Issues in the Transformation of Chinese State-Owned Enterprises: the Case of the Steel Industry
Author: Xiao, Yuxin
ISNI:       0000 0001 3573 7748
Awarding Body: University of Keele
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2004
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This thesis is concerned with management issues in the transformation of Chinese State-owned enterprises during the national economic transition. The research has sought to explore the relationships between the outcomes of the transformation and - managerial behaviour, and the process of managing change. The main body of analysis and theoretical contributions arise from in-depth case sttidies, interviews with managers and officials, and extensive use of enterprise documents. The thesis provides a detailed insight into the implementation process of reform programmes in Chinese SOEs, and analyses the interaction between changes at' macro level and reform at the firm level. While the thesis supports previous research findings, that incomplete institutional change constrains the development of reform ' at the firm level, it also reveals that lack of management commitment and capabilities in managing change are contributing factors in accounting for the failure or unexpected outcomes of reform programmes. The study is a benchmark of a hugely important process impacting on the development of one of the world's fastest growing nations. The assessment of the change process should help inform future change initiatives, identify management issues which have emerged in the transformation process, and contribute to the search for ways of successfully achieving the intended aims of the reform programmes. Chapter 1 discusses the research questions, and describes the scope of the research and structure of the thesis. Chapters 2 & 3 together review the evolution of enterprise reform in China and the selected relevant literature, while Chapter 4 presents the basic methodological considerations. The reasons for choosing case studies as the main method are presented, and a more general framework for investigation and analysis is offered. Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8 document the background and major aspects of the formulation and implementation of reform prograu:'me~ in the three case companies. In Chapter 9, a detailed analysis of the empirical findings from the case studies is provided. This chapter is a synthesis of the findings, and a consolidation of the interpretation of theoretical and practical issues identified in this . thesis. Chapter 10 summarises the major findings and contribution of this research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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