Is there a spirit of overseas Chinese capitalism?

Chuah, Swee Hoon and Hoffmann, Robert and Ramasamy, B. and Tan, Jonathan H.W. (2016) Is there a spirit of overseas Chinese capitalism? Small Business Economics . pp. 1-24. ISSN 1573-0913

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Abstract

The economic miracle of the Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia has been attributed to their unique economic culture forged from Confucian thought and the emigration experience. However, this Spirit of Overseas Chinese Capitalism (SOCC) hypothesis, based largely on qualitative research, has not been validated through quantitative work. This paper provides, for the first time, empirical evidence from a values survey and experiment which show that only some of the hypothesised SOCC values and behaviours differentiate the Chinese from less economically successful ethnic groups in Malaysia. While we find no evidence that Confucian values explain the success of the Overseas Chinese we do find it may lie in their (a) more conductive work values and (b) greater intra-ethnic cooperativeness, both accentuated by the emigration experience.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/796625
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11187-016-9746-5
Keywords: Chinese Diaspora Cultural values Family businesses Enterprise Questionnaire Experiment
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-016-9746-5
Depositing User: Howis, Jennifer
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 13:30
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 17:57
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/33850

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