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Much of our existing knowledge about business and management has evolved in the West, but the emergence of Asian firms as major players in the world economy is challenging business and management scholars to widen their focus.

Asia represents a major source of variations in structure, behavior and context - from cultural, institutional and political to social and economic. This affords new opportunities for testing existing theories of business and management and for driving the development of new ones. Japan has already provided a precedent for this, with much of the current state of the art in technology and operations management resting on Japanese management foundations.

This major work presents a collection of seminal works on Asian business and management, carefully chosen by the editor on the ...

Editor's Introduction

Much of the existing body of knowledge about business and management has evolved in the West. The United States in particular has played a predominant role in conceptualizing and exploring management as a science, aided by its status as the world's leading economy and as a key source of business and managerial innovation.

The emergence of the Asian economies as major players in the world economy is increasingly challenging scholars in business and management to widen their focus beyond the West. At least two developments flow together to produce this challenge. First, business schools need to respond to the needs of their clientele to learn about business in Asia, which puts pressure on faculty to acquire the requisite Asia-related knowledge themselves. Second, Asia represents ...

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