9780230000216

The Asian Insider Unconventional Wisdom for Asian Business

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230000216

  • ISBN10:

    0230000215

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-09-03
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

Unconventional wisdom is essential for business success in Asia. Asia is like nowhere else. Personalities count for a lot. So do culture and ethnicity. In The Asian Insider, bestselling author Michiael Backman takes the reader on a fascinating journey into Asia's business world, encompassing: the breakneck development of Shanghai and Beijing, the messiness of Mumbai, Southeast Asia, where Islam is emerging as a commercial as well as a political force, Japan, with its lackluster economy that is literally dying, Malaysia, with its extraordinary mix of race, politics, and business, Singapore, with all its paradoxes and ironies.

Author Biography

MICHAEL BACKMAN is an author, business analyst and columnist who specializes in Asia and Asian corporate practice. He is the author of the international bestseller, Asian Eclipse: Exposing the Dark Side of Business in Asia, which was named by The Economist as one of the sixteen finest general non-fiction books of the year. He is the co-author of Big in Asia: 25 Strategies for Business Success. He writes several regular newspaper columns on Asian business, has authored numerous articles for The Times of London, International Herald Tribune, Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review. He has lived and worked in Asia and travels widely and regularly throughout the region.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Facts xi
1 The Asian Insider: An Introduction
Part I How Asia Really Works 5(22)
2 Asian Family Connections
7(8)
3 Why Is Corporate Governance So Bad in Asia?
15(12)
Part II Government, the Rule of Law and Democracy in Asia 27(60)
4 Is Democracy Always Good?
29(9)
5 Paying Peanuts: Politicians' Pay in Asia
38(6)
6 Police Corruption and the Rule of Law in Thailand
44(6)
7 Executions and Extrajudicial Killings
50(8)
8 Government Statistics and Other Lies
58(9)
9 Thaksin Berlusconi and Silvio Shinawatra
67(10)
10 The End of Indonesia
77(10)
Part III Singapore and Malaysia 87(78)
11 Why Singapore Is Different: The Babas of Singapore
89(7)
12 Reinventing Singapore?
96(16)
13 Singapore Inc. or Singapore Sink?
112(10)
14 Singapore's Thriving Sex Industry
122(11)
15 Diversity and Decency in Malaysia
133(14)
16 Rumors and Gossip in Malaysia
147(5)
17 Meet Syed Mokhtar Albukhary
152(13)
Part IV Islam, Business and Asia 165(32)
18 Allahu Akbar! Islam in Asia
167(13)
19 Where Do Asia's Muslims Fit In?
180(5)
20 Southeast Asia's Arabs
185(5)
21 Pax Islamica: Malaysia and the Middle East
190(7)
Part V Japan, China, India and Korea: Asia's Monolith Economies 197(108)
22 Land of the Setting Sun: The Inevitable Death of Japan
199(6)
23 Law, Order and China
205(11)
24 China as a Consumer Market
216(13)
25 Shanghai: China's Financial Capital
229(4)
26 And Then There is Beijing
233(6)
27 The Dalai Lama Eats Meat
239(11)
28 The Indian Way
250(10)
29 The World's Biggest Democracy
260(9)
30 Mumbai: India's Financial Capital
269(5)
31 India's Great Software Revolution
274(8)
32 India: Back Office to the World
282(7)
33 Stunning Korea
289(12)
34 The Insider
301(4)
Notes 305(13)
Bibliography 318(4)
Index 322

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