Corporate behaviour and political risk : Dutch companies in China, 1903-1941

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Corporate behaviour and political risk : Dutch companies in China, 1903-1941

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Corporate behaviour and political risk : Dutch companies in China, 1903-1941
Author: Putten, Frans-Paul van der
Publisher: Research School of Asian, African and Amerindian Studies (CNWS), Leiden University
Issue Date: 2001-05-23
Keywords: China
Dutch companies
International trade
Organizational behaviour
Political aspects
Risk
Abstract: How do multinationals respond to political risk? Especially in non-Western countries, foreign investors are frequently confronted with political insecurity. This book takes a close look at the relationship between multinational corporations and political factors in early twentieth-century China, when political change in this country was highly dramatic. Revolutions and war tore apart many of the traditions of imperial China, and threatened the interests of foreign companies in one of the world's most promising markets. This study focuses on the interests of Dutch firms and their response to political risk in China before the Pacific War. This includes very large corporations that are again active in the Chinese market today, such as Shell, Philips, Unilever, and ABN-Amro. Their behaviour in China up to 1941 is analysed and explained in order to gain a better understanding of the attitude of foreign investors towards political developments during a turbulent and formative phase in Chinese history.
Description: Promotores: J.L. Blussé van Oud-Alblas, A.E. Kersten
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Putten, F.-P. van der, 2001, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: Studies in Overseas History ; 2
CNWS publications ; 102
ISBN: 9057890615
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/15900
 

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