KYOTO International Conference on
The Evolutionary Dynamics of Business Groups in Emerging Economies
November 26-28, 2007@E@Kyoto University & Doshisha University
1. General Aim of The Conference

The aim of this conference is to convene international scholars for the purpose of exploring the economic role of large enterprises in emerging economies. More specifically, the conference will focus on the contribution to national economic development of business groups, a common and significant enterprise form in such economies.

The large enterprise has figured centrally in world economic growth since the North Atlantic economies experienced the Second Industrial Revolution at the end of the nineteenth century. Research on large enterprises in national economic systems has thus focused on the advanced economies of North America, Western Europe, and Japan. By contrast, research on the large enterprise form in emerging economies remains much less developed. Due in part to problems of data availability, scholars have yet to paint a comprehensive picture of the structure and functioning of large-scale enterprise in emerging economies, especially the diversified-often family controlled- business group. Influential studies have been done on such national cases as Argentina, Chile, Mexico, India, South Korea and Thailand, but most are not of the analytical rigor that allows broad comparison and synthesis. While occasionally researchers have embraced such theoretical lenses as historical inquiry, institutional and network perspectives, the resource-based view of the firm, and transaction cost and agency approach, much such work does not have an organized and systematic conceptual and methodological foundation.

The proposed international conference seeks to strengthen scholarly and policy understanding of business groups in emerging economies by producing and discussing a set of first-rate creative papers on the strategy, structure, governance and performance of large enterprise forms in those settings. We therefore welcome papers that address a range of issues pertaining to this topic but in particular concerning the following six:
  1. The long-term development/evolution of business groups in national economic contexts. What forces have facilitated and constrained the emergence and growth of the groups?
  2. How are the viability and competitiveness of the groups affected by such factors as ownership, management, financial structure, organization, social and political network, and technology?
  3. Strategic considerations such as primary industry composition, product portfolio, and overseas expansion.Structural considerations such as organizational design and control mechanisms. How the relationships between strategy and structure have changed historically?
  4. Corporate governance topics such as the cooperation and conflict between the owning family and the salaried management. How groups have resolved the tension between family-based pressures for closed ownership and internal control and independent interests and discretionary actions on the part of professional executives appointed by and accountable to the family owner?
  5. Issues in business-government relationships, such as industrial policy and the gcrony capitalismh problem. The roles of political, cultural, and social structural factors, relative to economic factors, in the formation and evolution of the groups.
  6. The economic viability of the family-centered diversified business groups in a changing economic and technological environment. As political, legal, and other institutional environments modernize and converge internationally, will the business group form fade away? Will they evolve into the divisionally-organized corporate structures that today are the norm for large firms in advanced economies?
The conference organizers are particularly, yet not exclusively, interested in submissions that concern the following national cases: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Egypt, Israel, and South Africa. We anticipate that the conference will address the large enterprise/business group phenomenon in some 12 national economic settings. All of the submitted papers will be considered for the book publication that is negotiated with an international academic press.

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2. Conference Venue

November 26th and 27th
Kyoto University, Yoshida Campus, Clock Tower Centennial Hall,
International Conference Hall V

Please click below for the access map.

Access Map: Kyoto University, Yoshida Campus, Clock Tower Centennial Hall,
International Conference Hall V(PDF)

Address: Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501

November 28th
Doshisha University, Imadegawa Campus, Kambaikan,
Business School Hall KMB 211

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Access Map: Doshisha University, Imadegawa Campus, Kambaikan,
Business School Hall KMB 211(PDF)

Address: Karasuma Higashi-iru, Imadegawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8580 Japan

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3. Conference Program

Download a copy of the conference program. (Final Program)

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4. Travel & Directions

Please click below for directions to Kyoto University. and Doshisha University.

Getting to Kyoto University, Yoshida Campus
Getting to Doshisha University, Imadegawa Campus
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5. Lodging

Please contact Ms. Rika Nakaema at

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6. Conference Organizers (in the alphabetical order)
  1. Asli M. Colpan
    Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness,@Doshisha University

  2. Takashi Hikino
    Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University,

  3. James R. Lincoln
    Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley,

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7. Contact

For questions and comments regarding the conference, please contact:
Asli M. Colpan
Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness
Doshisha University
Karasuma Imadegawa, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 602-8580
TEL: 075-251-3183 FAX: 075-251-3139

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8. Registration

Online registration has been closed.

Please contact the number/address below for any questions.
Fax:075-251-3139 (Attention: Ms. Rika Nakaema)

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Sponsored by

Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness,
Doshisha University

Mizuho Securities Endowment,
Graduate School of Management,
Kyoto University

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