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Gordon Redding


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Gordon Redding is Adjunct Professor of Asian Business and Comparative Management at INSEAD, and has for seven years been Director of the Euro-Asia and Comparative Research Centre prior to its planned move to Singapore. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Hong Kong.

He is a specialist on Asian management and especially on Chinese capitalism and he spent 24 years based at the University of Hong Kong, where he established and was founding Director of the University of Hong Kong Business School and its sister organization in executive education, the Poon Kam Kai Institute of Management.

His research has focused on the understanding of Asian business systems comparatively, and especially on Chinese, Korean and Japanese forms of capitalism compared to those of the West. As well as encompassing cultural effects this approach also includes analysis of the influence of institutions and societal processes seen historically, and implications for firm strategy. In addition his work has included lessons for multi-nationals working in the region, and the operating problems of expatriate management. He has published ten books, including The Spirit of Chinese Capitalism (de Gruyter) and The Future of Chinese Capitalism (Oxford University Press, co-author Michael Witt) and over a hundred research papers.

After a degree at Cambridge he had eleven years practical managerial experience as an executive in the UK department store industry before taking his doctorate at Manchester Business School. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics and received the 2006 Award for Distinguished Scholarship of the International Association for Chinese Management Research. He maintains close relations with universities in China, including Zhejiang, Cheung Kong, Xiamen and CEIBS. He is a consultant to large companies on matters connected with organizing for business in the Asian region and internationally.

His current work is represented in the paper: Gordon Redding, ‘The thick description and comparison of societal systems of capitalism’ Journal of International Business Studies, 2005, 36, 123-155.

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