Seminar:Organisational Ecology and Economic Transition in China

22 March 2012

Co-presented with Business School, the University of Sydney.

A/Prof. Jane Luexamines the economic transition from planned economy to market economy in China from an organisational ecology perspective. She depicts the Chinese domestic economy as mainly comprising three organisational populations: state-owned enterprises (SOEs), collectively owned enterprises (COEs), and privately owned enterprises (POEs). She conceptualizes economic transition as a population level change from an old organisation form (SOE), through a transitional or hybrid form (COE), to a new form (POE).

Her main theoretical argument is that when a new organisational form runs counter to the prevailing institutional codes and norms represented by the old, dominant form, a transitional or hybrid form that share identities with the old form and the new form respectively can transfer legitimacy to the new form. Thus the transitional form plays a pivotal role in the transition from the old form to the new form, providing legitimation and support for the latter. Using annual census data covering all Chinese manufacturing sectors firms that were founded during 1998-2007, she found a competitive relationship between SOEs and POEs and a commensalistic relationship between SOEs and COEs; the relationship between POEs and COEs is one of predator-prey.

Jane Lu is an associate professor in NUS Business School, National University of Singapore. She received her Ph.D. from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario in 2001. Her research centers on international strategy such as FDI location choice, entry mode choice and alliance partner selection.

Jane Lu has published in leading academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management and Journal of Business Venturing, among other journals. She has co-authored a textbook: International Business: An Asia Pacific Perspective (Pearson).

Time: 12:00pm-13:30pm

Location: Room 310, China Studies Centre, Old Teachers College

Cost: Free event, RSVP essential

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