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Professor Gordon REDDING  
Professor at INSEAD, Director of the Euro-Asia Centre, Professor Emeritus at the University of Hong Kong.


The acclaimed co-author of "The Future of Chinese Capitalism" and "Changing Japanese Capitalism" is a world renown specialist on Asian management who has spend four decades analyzing Asian business. Prof. Redding's research is multi-dimensional encompassing culture, institutions, societal processes and history. Prof. Redding's keynote speech will be a source of inspiration and ideas to EIASM scholars.

Keynote Speech : "Asian Capitalisms: Research Frameworks"


Portfolio Partner, Center for Corporate Governance, Institute for Leadership and HRM
Lecturer, University of St. Gallen ***
Independent Researcher based in Shanghai and Beijing

Professor Thierry VOLERY
Swiss Research Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
University of St Gallen

***The profile of the University of St. Gallen, a leading Swiss University
founded in 1898,
is shaped by an integrative view of Business Administration,
Economics, Law, Social Sciences and the Humanities.
Its Center for Corporate Governance has as its vision to be a unique,
independent and international center for board effectiveness through
the combination of research, practice and education.


Management and entrepreneurship research on Asia is growing in scale, scope and depth as China and India are poised to join Japan and become the three largest economies in the world after the US. This powerful Asian impulse consists of new and old businesses which are increasingly affecting Western financial and commodities markets, supply chains, established companies and institutions, as well as the definition of global corporate strategy and governance. While practitioners are thriving, or failing, with the Asian business challenge, academicians are devoting increasing research and analysis to understand and disentangle the particularities of Asia’s new and old firms, as well as the sources of their fresh competitiveness.

EIASM provides with this Workshop a new arena for gathering and discussing current research on management and entrepreneurship in Asia. The event will be a unique opportunity for researchers to share their experiences, give feedback on each other’s work and form new research collaborations while seeking to explore the theoretical and empirical issues related to a diversity of themes. In short, the Workshop aims to strengthen research on Asian organizations, managers, firm-founders, strategy, organizational behaviour and resources, thereby contributing to the development of knowledge in the fields of strategic management and entrepreneurship. The workshop aims to attract well-known scholars to share their interests and perspectives. We will invite keynote speakers of high calibre to launch the 2008 Workshop.


The Workshop intends to provide a forum for research on a wide range of critical perspectives of Asian management and entrepreneurship.

Our goal is to encourage general theory and empirical research to develop a knowledge base which will help us understand (a) Asian best management practices,
(b) firm formation, as well as
(c) the challenges on the global business world of these two momentous forces.

As a result, the three Workshop tracks hold specific research questions and themes on which we welcome contributions:

Tack 1: Asian Best Management Practices

1. Specific sources of competitive advantage of established Asian firms.
2. Knowledge creation, definition and diffusion in Asian organizations.
3. Asian FDI and internalization strategies.
4. Input based growth vs. efficiency based growth strategy formulation at Asian firms.
5. Traditional management is a Western science: indications that management is becoming an Asian science.
6. The modus operandi of the Chinese and Indian Diaspora; the value of guanxi, social and political networks.
7. Asian operations: production methods, human resources, brand management, corporate culture, and business models.
8. Asian firms from the top: their governance, decision-making and strategizing processes.
9. How does the European market (and its economic and monetary union) affect strategy formulation of old and new Asian firms?
10. Made in Japan, Made in Europe and Made in the US vs. Make in China and Made in India vs. Made Together.

Track 2: The Factors of Asia’s Entrepreneurial Energy and Momentum

1. Creativity, values and innovation of new Asian firms.
2. Survival rates, the cost of failure and performance.
3. Formal and informal start-up capital: venture capital, business angels, family and friends.
4. Women and entrepreneurship.
5. Ethnicity and culture as firm founding motivations.
6. Distinct biases and heuristics mediating entrepreneurship: Asian perceptions of business opportunities.
7. Institutional elements and the structure of opportunity in Indian and Chinese entrepreneurship, and in Japanese non-entrepreneurship.
8. Governance and management challenges of maturing start-ups.
9. Entrepreneurship of last resort: images, myths and metaphors of Asian entrepreneurs.
10. Entrepreneurship and economic development.

Track 3: The Asian Business Challenge on the Global Economy
1. The challenge of ownership structure; strategies and performance of family, public, and state-owned firms.
2. Responses of established Western and Japanese firms to Chinese and Indian start-ups.
3. Mercantilism, export-orientation and trade surpluses as destabilizing factors for markets and nations.
4. Japan’s ‘lost decades’ and its impact on Asia and the World.
5. IPR protection structures, institutions and incentives of old and new firms.
6. Subsidized foreign entry: national institutions and policy supporting the internationalization of Asian firms.
7. Asian conglomerates and family firms: reorganization, governance, decentralization, minority shareholders, international partnerships and transparency.
8. Old and new firm’s contribution to environment degradation/protection.
9. The Kaisha: Re-emergence, re-structuring and innovation.
10. Indian high-tech service firms and their Western counterparts: cooperation and competition.


Please click HERE to download the workshop programme.




The conference will take place in the premises of the "Fondation Universitaire" , rue d'Egmont 11 in 1000 Brussels.

The workshop will start early on Monday December 1st (around 8:30 am) to end around 5 pm on the following day.

For joining instructions, please have a look on : http://www.fondationuniversitaire.be/plan.html 
(Additional details will be posted in due course)


In case you need a hotel reservation, here are 2 hotels suggested. You are requested to contact the hotel directly to make your booking.

Hotel LEOPOLD ****: Rue du Luxembourg 35 - 1050 Brussels
Tel. 32 2 5111828 Fax : 32 2 5141939 -

Hotel ARGUS ***: Rue Capitaine Crespel 6 - 1050 Brussels
Tel : 32 2 5140770 fax : 5141222 - email : reception@hotel-argus.be - http://www.hotel-argus.be

RESOTEL can also help you to find a room : Fax 32 2 7793900 or by email : info@resotel.be

There is a limited number of rooms available in the Fondation Universitaire.  In case you are interested, please contact michelante@eiasm.be


The fees include participation to the Workshop, the workshop documents, lunches, the workshop dinner, morning and afternoon refreshments.

Fees will be posted shortly

Cancellations made before November 5, 2008 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.

Payments should be made by :

  • The following credit cards: Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard/Access


Ms. Graziella Michelante - EIASM Conference Manager
Tel: +32 2 226 66 62 - Fax:
Email: michelante@eiasm.be