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Ben Tipton

Ben Tipton

AB Stan. AM PhD Harv.
Emeritus Professor

Rm N314
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 3552
Fax +61 2 9036 5378
f.tipton@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Professor Frank B. (Ben) Tipton holds a Personal Chair in the Discipline of International Business. He has taught at the University of Sydney since 1979, having previously held positions at Harvard University, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, and the University of California, Riverside. He served as Head of Department and then Chair of Discipline of Economic History from 1984 to 2003. He has acted at various times as Head of School, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Associate Dean for Postgraduate Coursework Degrees and has served on the Boards of the Graduate School of Management and Public Policy, the Centre for European Studies, and the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific and worked to develop the Mater of International Business Program. With the establishment of the discipline of International Business, he moved to the School of Business in 2005.

Ben Tipton has an honours degree from Stanford University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Majoring in History and Economics, he did his honours work in Economic History with David Harris and in German history with Gordon Craig. He received his Masters degree and his PhD from Harvard University. His dissertation, a study of the regional variations in the economic development of Germany, was supervised jointly by economic historian David Landes and Nobel Prize-winning economist Simon Kuznets, and became the basis for his first book (1976).

Ben Tipton has taught a wide variety of courses in a wide variety of departments in the University, including Asian Studies, Economic History, Economics, European Studies, History, and South Asian Studies. In the Master of Commerce and Master of International Business programs he has developed popular units in International Business, including International Business in Asia, Firm Governance in Asia, Regulating E-Business and Comparative International Management. In addition to his role as Chair of Discipline of International Business, he currently has primary responsibility for the undergraduate unit International Business Strategy, the first of the sequence of compulsory units in the major program. He has taken an active role in curriculum development as a member of the Graduate Studies Board, and as Chair of the Faculty's Working Party on Quality Assurance in Teaching and Learning. Externally he has consulted at universities in Australia and Japan, and served for eight years as the University's representative on curriculum committees of the New South Wales Board of Senior School Studies.

Ben Tipton's research interests intersect with his teaching. Beginning his career as an economic historian specializing in nineteenth century German economic development, he has moved from Europe to Asia, to governance structures and strategic management, and to the ongoing impact of information and communication technologies. He began his study of Japanese while on sabbatical in Tokyo. His early article questioning the role of government in the economic development of Germany and Japan (1981) has been widely cited and reprinted (1990), and his further research in this area was funded by a multi-year grant from the Australian Research Council. Four of his books, in European social and economic history (1987, 1987), Asian economic development (1998), and German history (2003) have been widely adopted as texts at other institutions.

Ben Tipton was the Chief Researcher for studies of information technology policy and the digital divide in Southeast Asia (2002) and the changing borders between the public and private sectors in Southeast Asia (2003) undertaken by the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific as part of the ongoing project Building Institutional Capacity in Asia, funded by the Ministry of Finance of Japan. His most recent book is a comparative study of firm governance in Asia, set in a historical and institutional context (2007). His current research focuses on the intersection of public and private governance structures, and the ways in which state structures and public policy affect business strategy, in the Asian region.

Publications

2014

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB 2014 'Capitalist good guys: Bankers, businessmen and the US political system', Australian Review of Public Affairs Link

2011

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 2011 'The Impact of China on the Electrical and Electronics Industry in Southeast Asia' in ASEAN Industries and the Challenge from China, ed. Darryl S L Jarvis and Anthony Welch, Palgrave Macmillan, London, United Kingdom, pp. 230-64

4
Journal Article/s

Yang JY, Tipton FB and Li JT 2011 'A review of foreign business management in China', Asia Pacific Journal of Management, vol.28:3, pp. 627-59

2010

5
Conference Paper/s

Yang JY and Tipton FB 2010 'The Development of Foreign Business in China: A Literature Review & Future Research Direction', The 2010 Biennial Conference of the International Association for Chinese Management Research IACMR, Shanghai, China, 20th June 2010

2009

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB 2009 'Book Review: Barry Eichengreen, The European Economy since 1945: Coordinated Capitalism and Beyond (Princeton Economic History of the Western World), Princeton University Press, 2007. 504 pp. ISBN 978-0-691-12710-1', H-NET (German) Online Link

Tipton FB 2009 'Southeast Asian capitalism: History, institutions, states, and firms', Asia Pacific Journal of Management, vol.26:3, pp. 401-34

Tipton FB 2009 'Modeling National Identities and Cultural Change: The Western European, Japanese, and United States Experiences Compared', International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, vol.9:2 - Special Section: Cross Cultural Management in the Age of Globalization, pp. 145-68

5
Conference Paper/s

Yang JY and Tipton FB 2009 'A Literature Review for Management of Foreign Firms in China: Where Are We and Where to Go?', Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2009 - "Green Management Matters", Chicago, United States, 11th August 2009

Yang JY and Tipton FB 2009 'Foreign-invested Firms in China: A Literature Review & Direction for Future Research', Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2009 - "Green Management Matters", Chicago, United States, 11th August 2009

2008

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB 2008 '"Thumbs-up is a rude gesture in Australia": the presentation of culture in international business textbooks', Critical Perspectives on International Business, vol.4:1, pp. 7-24

2007

1
Book/s

Tipton FB 2007 'The Asian Firms: History, Institutions and Management', Edward Elgar, London, United Kingdom, pp. 432

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB 2007 'Book Reviews: "Institutional Change in Japan" by Magnus Blomstrom and Sumner LaCroix (eds) London: Routledge, 2006 (European Institute of Japanese Studies, East Asia Economics and Business Series, 8) and "The Changing Japanese Political System: The Liberal Democratic Party and the Ministry of Finance" by Harumi Hori, London: Routledge, 2005 (Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series)', Japanese Studies, vol.27:3, pp. 332-4

5
Conference Paper/s

Tipton FB 2007 'Managing Under the Guidance of a Strong State: Capitalism in Southeast Asia', Australia and New Zealand International Business Conference (ANZIBA), Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 1st January 2007-31st December 2007

Xiao H and Tipton FB 2007 'Knowledge Management and Transfer Patterns in a Transitional Economy', International Conference on Information Technology and Management (ICITM2007), Hong Kong, (China), 5th January 2007

2006

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB and Xiao H 2006 'China' in Japanese Official Development Assistance in the Asian Region: Building Institutional Capacity in Asia 2005-06, ed. B Pritchard, Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific, Sydney, Australia, pp. 119-142

Tipton FB 2006 'South Korea' in Japanese Official Development Assistance in the Asian Region: Building Institutional Capacity in Asia 2005-06, Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 185-208

Tipton FB and Hundt D 2006 'Japanese ODA and Economic Development in South Korea' in Japanese Official Development Assistance in the Asian Region: Building Institutional Capacity in Asia 2005-06, ed. B Pritchard, Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific, Sydney, Australia

Tipton FB and Xiao H 2006 'Japanese ODA and Economic Development in China' in Japanese Official Development Assistance in the Asian Region: Building Institutional Capacity in Asia 2005-06, ed. B Pritchard, Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific, Sydney, Australia, pp. 119-142

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB 2006 'Book Review: The Rise of Historical Economics and Social Reform in Germany 1864–1894 by EG Solem', European History Quarterly, vol.36:1, pp. 150-151

Tipton FB 2006 'Germany's special path', Historically speaking: The bulletin of the historical society, vol.8:1

Tipton FB 2006 'Book Review: Industrielle Revolution in Deutschland: Regionen als Wachstumsmotoren [Industrial revolution in Germany: Regions as motors of growth] by H Kiesewetter (2004), Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag', Business History Review, vol.80:1, pp. 217-219

Tipton FB 2006 'Thumbs up is a rude gesture in Australia: The Presentation of culture in International Business Textbooks', Academy of International Business Insights, vol.6:2

Sun H and Tipton FB 2006 'The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on the US Economy', International Journal of Science and Research, vol.1:1

Tipton FB 2006 'Book Review: Die Herausforderung der Globalisierung: Wirschaft und Politik in Deutschland 1860-1914 [ The challenge of globilization: economies and politics in Germany 1860-1914] by Cornelius Torp, Kritische Studien zur Geschichswissenschaft, Band 168. Göttingen: Vandenheock & Ruprecht, 2005', Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, vol.28:2

Tipton FB 2006 'Book Review: The Rise of Historical Economics and Social reform in Germany 1864-1894 Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003', European History Quarterly, vol.36:1

5
Conference Paper/s

Tipton FB 2006 'Japanese ODA and Economic Development in China', Workshop on Japanese Official Development Assistance in the Asian Region: Sponsored by University of Sydney, Research Institutefor Asia and the Pacific, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, Institute for International Relations, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 1st January 2006-31st December 2006

Tipton FB and Hundt D 2006 'Japanese ODA and Economic Development in South Korea', Workshop on Japanese Official Development Assistance in the Asian Region: sponsored by University of Sydney, Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, Institute for International Relations, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 24th March 2006

Tipton FB and Hundt D 2006 'Japanese ODA and Economic Development in South Korea', Japanese Official Development Assistance in the Asian Region, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22nd March 2006

Tipton FB and Xiao H 2006 'Japanese ODA and Economic Development in China', Japanese Official Development Assistance in the Asian Region, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22nd March 2006

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Tipton FB 2006 'Cultural Typologies, Thick Description and Cultural Change in Triad Countries', Australian New Zealand International Business Academy Annual Conference (ANZIBA), Wellington, New Zealand, 18th November 2006

Tipton FB 2006 'Thumbs up is a rude gesture in Australia: The presentation of culture in international business textbooks', International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM) Biennial Conference, Berlin, Germany, 30th September 2006 Link

2005

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 2005 'Matching Desires with Expectations: Southeast Asian Policies to Attract Foreign Investment' in Regulating Foreign Direct Investment: Southeast Asia at the Crossroads, ed. B Pritchard, The Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific (RIAP), pp. 139-154

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB and Sun H 2005 'The economic impacts of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the United States', International Journal of Science and Research, vol.1:1, pp. 13-20

5
Conference Paper/s

Tipton FB 2005 'Matching Desires with Expectations: Southeast Asian Policies to Attract Foreign Investment', Symposium on Foreign Direct Investment in Southeast Asia and Implications for China, Conference sponsored by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and the Research Institute of Asia and the Pacific, University of Sydney, Shanghai, 18th March 2005

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Tipton FB 2005 '"Thumbs up is a rude gesture in Australia": The Presentation of Culture in International Business Textbooks', Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 11th November 2005

2004

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB 2004 'Book Review: Die industrialisierung der Saarregion 1815-1914, Band 2: Take-off phase und Hochindustrialisierung 1850-1914 [The industrialization of the Saar region, Vol. 2: Take off phase and intensive industrialization] by R. Banken, (2003), Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag.', Business History Review, vol.78:4, pp. 792-794

2003

1
Book/s

Tipton FB, Jarvis D and Welch A 2003 'Re-defining the borders between public and private in Southeast Asia: Malaysia, Phillippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. Financial sector, telecommunications, information and communications technologies, higher education', The Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific (RIAP), Sydney, Australia

Tipton FB 2003 'A history of modern Germany since 1815', Continuum and University of California Press, London, Berkeley and Los Angeles, United Kingdom, pp. 730

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 2003 'Economic landscapes: The historical geography' in Germany: A new social and economic history since 1800, ed. S Olgilvie and R Overy, Hodder Arnold, London, United Kingdom

Tipton FB 2003 'Government and the economy in the nineteenth century' in Germany: A new social and economic history since 1800, Hodder Arnold, London, United Kingdom

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB 2003 'Book Review: Statistics and the German state, 1900-1945: The making of modern economic knowledge by A. Tooze, (2001), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press', Economic History Review, vol.56:1, pp. 196-198

5
Conference Paper/s

Tipton FB 2003 'Getting the borders right: State, economy, and new technologies in Southeast Asia', Conference on the Social Impact of Information Technology in Asia, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 25th July 2003

2002

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 2002 'States and the digital divide in Southeast Asia' in Association of Asian Studies of Australia, Biennial Conference, Hobart, TAS, Australia

5
Conference Paper/s

Tipton FB 2002 'Bridging the digital divide in Southeast Asia', invited presentation, Ministry of Finance of Japan, Tokyo, Japan, 15th April 2002

10
Report/s

Tipton FB 2002 'Alleviating the digital divide: Policy recommendations - Malaysia, Thailand, The Philipines, Vietnam', The Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific (RIAP)

2000

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB, Braach-Maksvytis M and Kato H 2000 'Rational choice and postmodernism: Comparative analysis of the role of the state in the economies of Japan and Germany since 1945' in Japanese Studies: Communities, Cultures and Critiques, Vol 2: Identity Politics and Critiques in Contemporary Japan, Monash Asia Institute, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 133-164

1998

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 1998 'The problem of inventing a new German identity' in Memory, hisoty and critique: European identity at the millenium, MIT Press for ISSEI/University for Humanist Studies, Cambridge, MA, United Kingdom

Tipton FB 1998 'A new German identity? Or the ghost of German idealism?' in Modern Europe: Histories and identities, ed. P Monteath and FS Zuckerman, Australian Humanities Press, Adelaide, SA, Australia, pp. 61-72

Tipton FB 1998 'Regional history: West Jutland in theoretical and comparative perspective' in A North Sea Region: West Jutland and the World, II (Fiskeri - og Søfartsmuseets studieserie, nr.11), ed. E Damgaard, M Guldberg and P Holm, Fiskeri - og Søfartsmuseets Forlag, Esbjerg, Jutland, Denmark, pp. 9-32

1996

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 1996 'Technology and industrial growth' in Imperial Germany: A historiographical companion, ed. R Chickering, Greenwood Press, Westport, United States, pp. 62-96

Tipton FB 1996 'Two texts in search of an identity: Meinecke and Greenfeld on German nationalism' in Europe: Retrospects and prospects, Southern Highlands Publishers, Manly East, Australia, pp. 109-119

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB 1996 'Neuere arbeiten zur wirtschafts- und sozialgeschichte Asiens [Recent work in the economic and social history of Asia]', Geschichte und Gesellschaft, vol.22:2, pp. 266-298

1995

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 1995 'Nationalism and economic development in nineteenth century Europe' in Nationalism and postcommunism, ed. A Czarnota, H Koscharsky and A Pavkovic, Darmouth Publishing Company, Aldershot, Australia, pp. 19-37

1994

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 1994 'The regional dimension in the historical analysis of transport flows' in Inland navigation in 19th century Europe, ed. A Kunz and J Armstrong, Verlag Philipp von Zabern and Manchester University Press, Mainz and Manchester, Germany, pp. 167-180

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB, French P and Rewell K 1994 'Medical funding in weights and measures', Today's Life Science, vol.6:8, pp. 16-20

1993

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB 1993 'Historical perspectives on the problem of regional integration in a united Germany', European Studies Journal, vol.10, pp. 57-77

1992

1
Book/s

Tipton FB 1992 'Storia economica [Economic history]', Milan: Jaca Book. French translation: Histoire Économique. Paris: Editions Mentha, Milan and Paris, Italy

1991

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 1991 'The economic dimension in German history' in Modern Germany reconsidered, ed. G Martel, Unwin Hyman, London, United Kingdom, pp. 211-236

1990

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 1990 'The role of government in the economic development of Germany and Japan: A sceptical reevaluation' in Government and business (International Library of Critical Writings in Business History), ed. S Tolliday, Edward Elgar, London, Australia

1987

1
Book/s

Tipton FB 1987 'An economic and social history of Europe, 1890-1939', ed. FB Tipton and RA Aldrich, Macmillan and John Hopkins University Press, London and Baltimore, United Kingdom

1984

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 1984 'L'economia durante la seconda guerra mondiale [The economy during the Second World War]' in L'Europa nell'orizzonte del mondo, vol. 1 (Corso di storia d'Italia e d'Europa, vol. 8, part 1), Jaca Book, Milan, Italy, pp. 253-264

Tipton FB 1984 'L'economia europea dal secondo dopoguerra agli anni Settanta [The European economy from the Second World War to the 1970s]' in L'Europa nell'orrizonte del mondo, vol. 2 (Corso di storia d'Italia e d'Europa, vol. 8, part 2), ed. A. Boland et al, Jaca Book, Milan, Italy, pp. 323-378

1983

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 1983 'L'economia europea e mondiale (The European and world economy)' in Il passagio del secolo e la Grande Guerra (Corso di storia d'Italia e d'Europa, vol. 7), ed. J C Allain et al, Jaca Book, Milan, Italy, pp. 85-146

1982

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 1982 'L'economia europea del 1815 al 1880 [The European economy from 1815 to 1880]' in L'Europa della borghesia (Corso di storia d'Italia e d'Europa, vol. 6), ed. J C Allain et al, Jaca Book, Milan, Italy, pp. 17-62

1981

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB 1981 'The role of government in the economic development of Germany and Japan: A sceptical reevaluation', Journal of Economic History, vol.41, pp. 139-150

1980

2
Book Section/s

Tipton FB 1980 'National growth cycles and regional economic structures in nineteenth century Germany' in Historische Konjunkturforschung [Historical economic cycle research] (Historisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschungen, vol. 11), ed. WH Schröder and R Spree, Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart, Germany, pp. 29-46

1979

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB 1979 'Small business and the rise of Hitler', Business History Review, vol.53, pp. 235-246

1976

1
Book/s

Tipton FB 1976 'Regional Variations in the Economic Development of Germany during the Nineteenth Century', Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, Connecticut, United States

1975

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB and Walker C 1975 'Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery', History and Theory', , vol.14, pp. 91-121

1974

4
Journal Article/s

Tipton FB 1974 'The national consensus in German economic history', Central European History, vol.7, pp. 195-224

Tipton FB 1974 'Farm Labor and Power Politics: Germany, 1850-1914', Journal of Economic History, vol.34, pp. 951-979

Tipton FB 1974 'Retrospective: Jürgen Kocka, Unternehmensverwaltung und Angestelltenschaft am Beispiel Siemens, 1847-1914 [Firm governance and white collar employees in the example of Siemens, 1847-1914]', Journal of Modern History, pp. 330-336

Research Expertise

  • Digital divide
  • Firm governance in Asia
  • Information technology in Asia
  • Operating environment for international business in Asia
  • Private-public sector relations in Asia