Asli M. Colpan                               
Graduate School of Management
& Graduate School of Economics             
Kyoto University



Asli M. Colpan is Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Graduate School of Management and Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University. She was the Alfred Chandler Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School in 2016. Previously, she was also a visiting scholar at Harvard University and a visiting professor at MIT in 2013 and visiting professor at Koc University in 2015. She currently serves on the board of Gourmet Kineya Co. Ltd. of Japan as an independent director. 

Her research interests include corporate strategy, corporate governance, and especially the evolution of large enterprises in industrial and emerging economies. Her work has been published in such journals as Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Management Studies, Business History, Strategic Management Journal, Asian Business & Management, Corporate Governance: An International Review, and Asia Pacific Journal of Management. She is also the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Business Groups, Oxford: Oxford University Press and Business Groups in the West: Origins, Evolution and Resilience, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

In 2010 she was awarded the Tachibana Prize for the most outstanding female scholar at Kyoto University. She is currently an Associate Editor of Asian Business & Management and Senior Editor of Management and Organizational History.

Featured Work

Oxford Handbook of Business Groups
By Asli M. Colpan, Takashi Hikino & James R. Lincoln (Eds.). 2010 (Hardcover), 2012 (Paperback). Oxford Handbook of Business Groups. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Business groups - large, diversified, often family-controlled organizations with pyramidal ownership structure, such as the Japanese zaibatsu, the Korean chaebol and the grupos economicos in Latin America - have played a significant role in national economic growth, especially in emerging economies. Earlier variants can also be found in the trading companies, often set up in Britain, which operated in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Business groups are often criticized as premodern forms of economic organization, and occasionally as symptomatic of corrupt 'crony capitalism', but many have shown remarkable resilience, navigating and adjusting to economic and political turbulence, international competition, and technological change. This Handbook provides a comprehensive analysis of business groups around the world. It examines the adaptive and competitive capabilities of business groups, and their evolutionary dynamics. 16 individual country chapters deal with business groups from Asia to Africa, the Middle East to Latin America, while overarching chapters consider the historical and theoretical context of business groups. With contributions from leading experts, The Oxford Handbook of business groups provides a comprehensive, empirically and theoretically rich guide for scholars and policy-makers. For more information about this volume, please visit OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS The Oxford Handbook of Business Groups ONLINE