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Entrepreneurship in Pacific Asia: Past, Present & Future [Paperback]

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Presents the results of extensive international field research with a view to compiling key information on the business environment throughout Pacific Asia. Reflects what is happening in an important region of our global economy. Softcover.

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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages   227
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN  9810239300  
ISBN13  9789810239305  

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A Resource Guide to Understanding Entrepreneurship in Asia  Dec 2, 1999
Pacific Asia has become a very important region for commerce since the easing of trade barriers and expansion of the global economy. The effects of globalization have had a tremendous impact on Pacific Asia, not only through the creation of big multinational corporations, but their effects on social values and nature of doing business resulting from this increased competition. In Entrepreneurship in Pacific Asia Past, Present and Future, Professor Leo Paul Dana gives an in-depth description of the entrepreneurial events that have been occurring in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Professor Leo Paul Dana is the deputy director of the MBA International Business Program at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, as well as a Senior advisor for the World Association for Small & Medium Enterprises and the Associate Director of the ENDEC Entrepreneurship Development Center. Along with his expertise on entrepreneurship, Professor Dana has personally visited each location and therefore each chapter is written from his personal travels and experiences.

This book answers all your questions about how countries in Pacific Asia are dealing with the internationalization of entrepreneurship in the new global economy. This includes new and exciting incentives governments are providing to encourage entrepreneurs and create new opportunities for locals as well as the need for foreign experts to help train and work with local talent. The support programs that local governments are beginning to implement and the increasing amount of venture capital that is now more readily available for entrepreneurs, has made Pacific Asia a very attractive region for new business enterprises.

Each chapter begins with a countries historical overview that is essential in understanding the specific events that tailored and shaped the entrepreneurial activities and opportunities in each individual country. By acknowledging the past, we can better understand what strategies need to be implemented in order to support a strong entrepreneurial spirit in the future.

Professor Dana has shown how culture can greatly affect the business practices of a country. From the work-loving, motivated Buddhists in Thailand, to the multicultural, diverse and efficient Singaporeans, each country has its own cultural diversity that has shaped the economy and business community.

One of the main stresses of this book is on the role of the Chinese in entrepreneurship. The Chinese have deep entrepreneurial roots in each of the chapters described. For example, there are one million ethnic-Chinese in Vietnam. In Ho Chi Minh they compose 12% of the population yet control up to 50% of the local economy. Usually making up only a small percent of a country's total population, the Chinese have historically been very active and influential on their economies.

This book is perfect for both new business students who want to gain insight into the field of international business and entrepreneurship as well as more advanced students who can gain a more clear insight into the characteristics of Pacific Asian economies and business opportunities available in these 12 countries.

After reading this book, one will be able to see the limitations and advantages offered in each country and compare how these governments have attempted to expand there efforts into stimulating new business opportunities and remain competitive in the new global economy.

A MUST READ : Best book on Asian entrepreneurship !!!!!!  Oct 22, 1999
Did you know that marijuana is not only legal in Cambodia, but is often used as a flavoring in soups? Or that traditional Chinese law in the fifth century forbade merchants from wearing nice clothes in public? Did you know that in Japan, giving a potted plant to a sick patient is a bad omen, a sign that a malady may take root? Or that Laos produces some three hundred tons of opium annually? How about the fact that the Philippines is the word's third largest English-speaking country (in terms of population)?

In Leo Paul Dana's new book, Entrepreneurship in Pacific Asia: Past, Present & Future, the countries of the far east are presented with both the precision of a shrewd business man, and the sensitivity of one for whom this region of the world holds an obvious and ineluctable charm. Covering the ten countries that make up what is known as the "far east" - Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam - Leo Paul, in short erudite chapters, attempts to convey both the complexity and appeal of a region that harbors extremes of material wealth, divergences of spiritual practice and histories as rich in flavor as they are in turmoil.

The book is the first of its kind, pulling together a wealth of knowledge that will be required reading for anyone - student or professional - interested in getting to know either the culture or the business possibilities that abound in Pacific Asia. In Indonesia, for instance, a carefully constructed balance has been created between the country's massive reliance on agriculture, and the need to modernize and create more opportunities for entrepreneurship. Development programs have been set up to bridge the gap between traditional village life and the needs of a growing world economy. Considering the tensions in East Timor, it is important for entrepreneurs and western businessmen to be sensitive to climates that are undergoing such radical changes. And while it is perhaps impossible to retain the sort of agriculturally based economies that have led us to the present day, it is a worthy cause, as Leo Paul shows, to try and save those cultures within a broader context. Even in France, where the world economy is clipping along, there are fierce battles raging over how to manage GM foods and how the cultural inheritance for today's children will be defined. Leo Paul's book testifies to the presence of an Asian entrepreneurial spirit, and at the same time attempts to show the importance of paying attention to the cultural values that define that spirit. In Singapore, for example, "clan associations" were founded in an attempt to foster co-operation among people who spoke the same language. As Leo Paul says, "Mingling with other members helped individuals understand trends in product development as well as price fluctuations."

The complexity of entrepreneurship in Asia is astounding. The importance and preponderance of Chinese immigrants, for example, is a phenomenon which Canadians and Americans have witnessed on their own shores, but whose effect, perhaps, they have been ignorant of in other regions of the world. The Chinese brought both Mandarin Script and Chinese Medecine to Singapore; and in the Philippines, although they comprise only 2 percent of the population, they control more than half of the market capitalization in that country. Often, despite prejudice from local populations, as well as from colonial powers, the Chines have not only fostered, but helped expand an entrepreneurial spirit throughout Pacific Asia.

Filled with stunning photographs, taken by Leo Paul himself on his trips to the various regions detailed in the book, Entrepreneurship in Pacific Asia is a must read for the business minded of the next generation. That is, those who recognize that the world of business is no longer an isolated one, that to be successful you have to understand, or at least be interested in the whole world. An exciting time indeed to be an entrepreneur!


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