The emergence of the private entrepreneur in reform era China:re-birth of an earlier tradition, or a more recent product of development and change?

Atherton, Andrew and Newman, Alex (2016) The emergence of the private entrepreneur in reform era China:re-birth of an earlier tradition, or a more recent product of development and change? Business History, 58 (3). pp. 319-344. ISSN 0007-6791

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Abstract

A private sector that now dominates economic activity has emerged in China since 1978, even though many of the essential institutions for market competition have been lacking or are under-developed. We find that there is no evidence that this upsurge of entrepreneurship is a re-birth of an earlier tradition. Instead, the dynamics of entrepreneurial emergence can be attributed to reforms and institutional changes that have occurred since 1949, both before and after the introduction of economic reforms in late 1978. We find that these institutional changes have been evolutionary, adapting to, as well as shaping, emerging forms of economic activity, including entrepreneurship. Our conclusion is that these dynamics of adaptation and evolution produce ‘rule ambiguities’ within the institutional framework that create opportunities for entrepreneurs as well as making these opportunities vulnerable to further institutional change.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Business History
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Business History on 21/01/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00076791.2015.1122702
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1400/1403
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Departments: VC's Office
Lancaster University Management School > Institute for Enterprise & Entrepeneurial Development (IEED)
ID Code: 76109
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 01 Mar 2016 11:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2019 02:30
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/76109

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