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The Yudahua Business Group in China's Early Industrialization

by Juanjuan Peng

The Yudahua Business Group in China's Early Industrialization Synopsis

By tracing the history of Yudahua from the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century, this study analyzes a successful inland business model among textile companies in modern China. The steady growth of this enterprise relied primarily on its strategy to focus on low-end markets to locate new mills in underdeveloped interior regions. This strategy further allowed the enterprise to pioneer industrialization in its host localities, demonstrating a major social and economic impact on the local societies. At the same time, Yudahua's unique team leadership pattern-five leading families shared its ownership and management-made the business an atypical family firm and allowed relatively easy institutional departure from Chinese social networks and adoption of Western corporate hierarchy. Therefore, by the late 1940s, Yudahua had gradually developed into a fairly integrated business group with a unified management structure and routinized connections between its member mills, which differed noticeably from the loose alliances normally found in other early twentieth-century Chinese business conglomerates.

The Yudahua Business Group in China's Early Industrialization Press Reviews

Peng's study of Yudahua extends recent work on Chinese business history by focusing on entrepreneurs whose business structure foreshadows reform-era corporate groups, and who-like Huawei's current leaders-honed their commercial and technical skills by developing markets in China's inland regions. -- Thomas G. Rawski, University of Pittsburgh

Book Information

ISBN: 9781498507011
Publication date: 4th March 2020
Author: Juanjuan Peng
Publisher: Lexington Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 206 pages
Categories: Asian history, History of specific companies / corporate history,

About Juanjuan Peng

Juanjuan Peng is associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University.

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