Dr. Julian Dierkes
271 Choi, 822-6237
j |dot| dierkes |at| ubc |dot| ca
Office hours: Wed 12-13h
University of British Columbia
Institute of Asian Research
Preliminary Course Calendar
IAR 507: East Asian Organizations in Comparative
Term II, January - April 2007
Thu 10-12h [not Wed as listed in Course Calendar]
for an overview over the objectives and format of the seminar.
Two books in particular will be relied on extensively throughout the
course and participants might therefore find it useful to purchase
- W. Richard Scott, Organizations - Rational, Natural, & Open
Systems. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall. [Note that multiple
editions of this book are in circulation and the book is widely
available used. As it is required reading for some courses in the
Business School, the University Bookstore should also carry it.]
- Marco Orru, Nicole Woolsey Biggart and Gary Hamilton, eds. The Economic Organization of East Asian Capitalism. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1997.
Many of the other books (particularly, T. Rohlen, For Harmony
and Strength, C. Johnson, MITI and the Japanese
Miracle, and P. Evans, Embedded Autonomy) should
also be available used through most used-book outlets and are
therefore recommended for those with further interest in the study of
East Asian Organizations.
Required and some recommended readings from books are available in the
Koerner Library Reserve Room to be borrowed
for one day. See below
for URLs of required and recommended journal articles. Please be
considerate of other participants in the seminar in retaining copies
of the readings. This means that seminar participants will have to
coordinate the borrowing of materials.
Required readings are listed in a logical order and should ideally be
read in that order.
PART I: THE HISTORICAL ORIGINS OF CAPITALIST ECONOMIES (2 weeks)
January 11: Introduction
January 18: Course Planning
January 25: Paving the Way for Capitalism
- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations: "Book I: On the Causes of
Improvement in the Productive Powers. On Labour, and on the Order
According to Which its' Produce is Naturally Distributed Among the
Different Ranks of the People" [many different print editions] or
- Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Manifesto of the Communist
Party: "I. Bourgeois and Proletarians" [many different print
- Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of
Capitalism. New York: Scribner, 1958: "Author's Introduction"
(13-31), "Chapter II: The Spirit of Capitalism"(47-78), "Chapter V:
Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism"(155-183).
- Max Weber, Economy and Society. Berkeley: University
of California Press, 1978: "The Other-Worldliness of Buddhism and Its
Economic Consequences" (Vol. 1: 627-30).
- Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation. Boston:
Beacon Press, 1957.
- Albert Hirschman, The Passions and the
Interests. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977.
- Gary Hamilton, "Civilizations and the Organization of Economies",
in Neil Smelser and Richard Swedberg, eds. Handbook of Economic
Sociology. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.
PART II - THEORIES OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR (2 weeks)
February 1: Organizational Theory
- W. Richard Scott, Organizations - Rational, Natural, and
Open Systems. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1981 (Third
Edition): Chpt. 2 ("Organizations as Rational Systems"), chpt. 3
("Organizations as Natural Systems") and chpt. 4 ("Organizations as
Open Systems"). [Note that the chapter numbering changes with
different editions available on reserve, so double-check chapter
February 8: Institutional Analyses
- W. Richard Scott, Organizations - Rational, Natural, and Open
Systems: Chpt. 5  ("Combining the Perspectives").
- Walter Powell and Paul DiMaggio, "Introduction" in The New
Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis. Chicago: University of
Chicago Press, 1991.
- Marco Orru, Nicole Woolsey Biggart and Gary Hamilton,
"Organizational Isomorphism in East Asia" in Powell and
DiMaggio, The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis:
in Orru, Biggart and Hamilton, eds. The Economic
Organization of East Asian Capitalism. Thousand Oaks: Sage
Publications, 1997: 151-187.
PART III - APPLYING ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY TO EAST ASIA (9 weeks)
February 15: The Roots of the Post-war Japanese Economy
- Chalmers Johnson, MITI and the Japanese
Miracle. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1982: Chpts 1, 3,
6, 7 (3-34, 83-115, 198-274).
- Bai Gao, Economic Ideology and Japanese Industrial Policy:
Developmentalism from 1931 to 1965. New York : Cambridge
University Press, 1997.
- William Tsutsui, Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific
Management in Twentieth-Century Japan. Princeton: Princeton
University Press, 1998.
- Takanobu Nakajima, Masao Nakamura and Kanji Yoshioka, "Japan's
Economic Growth: Past and Present" in Nakamura, ed. The Japanese
Business and Economic System. New York: Palgrave, 2000.
March 1: "Japanese Management"
- Ahmadjian and Lincoln, "Keiretsu,
governance, and learning: Case studies in change from the Japanese
automotive industry", Organization Science, 12
- Michael Gerlach, "The
Japanese Corporate Network", Administrative Science
Quarterly, 37 (1992): 105-139.
- James Lincoln, Gerlach and Ahmadjian, "Keiretsu
Networks and Corporate Performance in Japan", American
Sociological Review, 61 (1996): 67-88.
- Lincoln and Gerlach, Japan's Network Economy - Structure,
Persistence, and Change. New York: Cambridge University Press,
- Aviad Raz, Emotions at Work: Normative Control,
Organizations, and Culture in Japan and America. Cambridge, MA:
Harvard University Asia Center, 2002: "Introduction" and "Design,
Devotion, and Defiance" (esp. 1-54).
- Eleanor Westney, "Japanese Enterprise Faces the Twenty-First
Century" in DiMaggio, ed. The Twenty-First-Century
Firm. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.
- James Womack, Daniel Jones and Daniel Roos, The Machine That
Changed the World. New York: HarperCollins, 1991: Chpts. 3, 4,
6 (48-103, 138-168).
March 16: Outlines of Seminar Papers Due
Mar 19: Korean Business Organization
- Eun Mee Kim, Big Business, Strong State. Albany:
State University of New York Press, 1997: Chpts. 3-6 (51-211).
- Biggart, "Institutionalized Patrimonialism in Korean Business" in
Orru, Biggart and Hamilton, eds. The Economic Organization of
East Asian Capitalism: Chpt. 8 (215-236).
- Carter Eckert, Offspring of Empire: the Koch'ang Kims and
the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism, 1876-1945. Seattle :
University of Washington Press, 1991.
- Jung-en Woo, Race to the Swift: State and Finance in Korean
Industrialization. New York: Columbia University Press,
- Roger Janelli and Dawnhee Yim, "The Mutual Constitution of
Confucianism and Capitalism in South Korea" in Timothy Brook and Hy
Luong, eds. Culture and Economy - The Shaping of Capitalism in
Eastern Asia. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997:
March 26, 10a-12p:Taiwan and Overseas Chinese Business Networks
- Hamilton, "Organization and Market Process in Taiwan's Capitalist
Economy" in Orru, Biggart and Hamilton, eds. The Economic
Organization of East Asian Capitalism: Chpt. 9 (237-293).
- Heng Pek Koon, "Robert Kuok and the Chinese Business Network in
Eastern Asia: A Study in Sino-Capitalism" in Brook and Luong,
eds. Culture and Economy: 155-181.
- Faird Harianto, "Business Linkages and Chinese Entrepreneurs in
Southeast Asia" in Brook and Luong, eds. Culture and
March 29: Firms in the PRC's Economic Transition
- Margaret Pearson, China's New Business Elite: the Political
Consequences of Economic Reform. Berkeley: University of
California Press, 1997.
- Lisa Keister, Chinese Business Groups. New York:
Oxford University Press, 2000.
- Marshall W. Meyer and Xiaohui Lu, "Managing Indefinite
Boundaries: The Strategy and Structure of a Chinese Business
Firm", Management and Organization Review, 1 (2005):
April 5: Additional China Week
- Guthrie. 2005. "Organizational Learning and Productivity: State
Structure and Foreign Investment in the Rise of the Chinese
Corporation", Management and Organization Review, Vol. 1, No. 1:
- David Ralston, Jane Terpstra-Ton, Robert Terpstra, Xueli Wang, and Carolyn Egri. 2006. "Today's State-Owned Enterprises of China: Are They Dying Dinosaurs or Dynamic Dynamos?", Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 27, No. 9: 825-843.
- Hamilton and Biggart, "Market, Culture, and Authority: A
Comparative Analysis of Management and Organization in the Far East"
in Orru, Biggart and Hamilton, The Economic Organization of East
Asian Capitalism: 111-150.
- Elena Ianchovichina and Terrie Walmsley, "Impact
of China's WTO Accession on East Asia", Contemporary
Economic Policy, 23 (2005): 261-77.
- Stephan Haggard, Pathways from the Periphery: The Politics
of Growth in the Newly Industrializing Countries. Ithaca:
Cornell University Press, 1990.
- Peter Hall and David Soskice, Varieties of
Capitalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
April 20: Seminar Paper Due
April 25: Peer Evaluations Due
Last updated: March 2007