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Entrepreneurial and Business Elites of China The Chinese Returnees Who Have Shaped Modern China

Book details for Entrepreneurial and Business Elites of China
Wenxian Zhang (editor), Huiyao Wang (editor), Ilan Alon (editor),

Hardback, 246 x 174 x 23mm , 325 pp

 06 May 2011

 Emerald Group Publishing Limited



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This important reference title focuses exclusively on the elite entrepreneurs of new China and contains more than 100 substantial profiles of top overseas returnees who have made noteworthy contributions to the Chinese economy since the reform era began in 1978. For the purpose of this book, a returnee is defined as a Chinese native who was born in China, left to study overseas as a student, visiting scholar or guest researcher for over one year, and has returned to China to work on a permanent basis. This edited book begins with an introduction outlining the brief history of the returnees, and their impacts on Chinese society in general and economic development in particular. The biographical work summarizes each individual's life and business career, with a central focus on his/her accomplishments and the key roles played in the new Chinese economy. Also included are: references; a list of common abbreviations; and English-Chinese cross references of individual names indexed in the book.


"Entrepreneurial and Business Elites of China: The Chinese Returnees Who Have Shaped Modern China provides up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of top overseas returnees who have made noteworthy contributions to the Chinese economy since the reform era began. These elites are the men and women who mattered, both in the early years when returnee migration was rare, and in recent years where it has become much more prominent. Understanding the stories of the entrepreneurial and business elites is an important step for understanding the international migration force overall. Dr. William Kerr, Harvard Business School " "This is a fascinating book for the general public and particularly for those who have a keen interest in business China. The information is current and the entries are at appropriate length, which are short enough to general readers but long enough to be comprehensive, providing adequate information on the individual entrepreneur and the field associated with him/her. Highly recommended for the public, but particularly for business students as well as professionals. Mr. Haipeng Li, Executive Director, Chinese American Librarians Association; Chair, American Library Association IRC East Asia & Pacific Committee; Associate Director, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University" "Animal spirits are the basis of entrepreneurial economies such as China's and knowing more about the lives of successful businessmen is therefore crucial to understand that country's economy. By focusing more in particular on the role of talent circulation in the global economy, this book adds a very welcome perspective to the study of Chinese business elites. It is recommended reading to anybody interested in the Chinese economy and globalization. Dr. Andrea Goldstein, Senior Economist, OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development); Consultant, the Inter-American Development Bank"