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 boards of Gourmet Kineya Co. Ltd. of Japan as an independent director and Sumitomo Rubber Industries as an Audit & Supervisory Board Member. 

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

Business Groups in the West: Origins, Evolution, and Resilience

By Asli M. Colpan and Takashi Hikino (Eds.). 2018 (Hardcover),Oxford: Oxford University Press.

This volume aims to explore the long-term evolution of different varieties of large enterprises in today's developed economies. It focuses on the economic institution of business groups and attempts to comprehend the factors behind their rise, growth, struggle, and resilience; their behavioral and organizational characteristics; and their roles in national economic development. The volume seeks to enhance the scholarly and policy-oriented understanding of business groups in developed economies by bringing together state-of-the-art research on the characteristics and contributions of large enterprises in an evolutionary perspective.

While business groups are a dominant and critical organization model in contemporary emerging economies and have lately attracted much attention in academic circles and business presses, their counterparts in developed economies have not been systematically examined. This book aims to fill this gap in the literature and is the first scholarly attempt to explore the evolutional paths and contemporary roles of business groups in developed economies from an internationally comparative perspective. In doing so, it argues that business groups actually rose to function as a critical factor of industrial dynamics in the context of Second Industrial Revolution in the late nineteenth century. They have adapted their characteristic roles and transformed to fit to the changing market and institutional settings. As they flexibly co-evolve with the environment, the volume shows that business groups can remain as a viable organization model in the world's most advanced economies today.

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Oxford Handbook of Business Groups

By Asli M. Colpan, Takashi Hikino & James R. Lincoln (Eds.). 2010 (Hardcover), 2012 (Paperback), 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