21. Chinese Business Ventures into China

  1. D. Douglas Caulkins3 and
  2. Ann T. Jordan4
  1. Heidi Dahles1 and
  2. Juliette Koning2

Published Online: 2 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch21

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

How to Cite

Dahles, H. and Koning, J. (2012) Chinese Business Ventures into China, in A Companion to Organizational Anthropology (eds D. D. Caulkins and A. T. Jordan), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, USA

  2. 4

    University of North Texas, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

  2. 2

    Oxford Brookes University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 29 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199827

Online ISBN: 9781118325513



  • Chinese business ventures;
  • Chinese legacies;
  • ethnic Chinese entrepreneurship;
  • organizational anthropology


An analysis of the multilayered legacies of ethnic Chinese business ventures is a more appropriate way to come to an understanding of how ethnic Chinese businesses perceive of and establish themselves in China. The chapter first briefly describes the data sets and research methodologies. Then follows a discussion of the ways in which ethnic Chinese entrepreneurship is conceptualized in diverse disciplines and in anthropology in particular. Next, a number of cases is presented featuring Indonesian, Malaysian, and Singaporean businesspeople of Chinese descent currently involving themselves with China and the consequences of such an involvement for their (international) business strategies. Subsequently, these cases are analyzed in a comparative framework against the background of the diverging legacies of past involvement with China of both the ethnic Chinese communities and the nation-states they are residing in. Finally, the chapter discusses the theoretical implications of the findings and makes suggestions for future research.