Provides the complex historical background for understanding the development of family businesses in China from the late 19th Century to the present. The example of the Rong family, analyzes China’s most prominent industrialist family in China before 1949, the organizational structure and transformation of Chinese family business in terms of management hierarchies, kinship alliances and local networks. Emphasizes the response of the family business to the major political crises shows how the … Read more »

Provides the complex historical background for understanding the development of family businesses in China from the late 19th Century to the present. The example of the Rong family, analyzes China’s most prominent industrialist family in China before 1949, the organizational structure and transformation of Chinese family business in terms of management hierarchies, kinship alliances and local networks. Emphasizes the reaction of the family business to the major political crises, shows how they dealt with the transition to a socialist government in 1949 and interpreted the success of overseas Chinese family business as well as reviving the family business networks in the course of China’s economic reforms.
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Elisabeth Koll
13 pages.
Release Date: 9 November 2007. Prod #: 308066-PDF-ENG
Rong Family: A Chinese Business History HBR case solution

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