Firms and Politicized Capitalism

The project builds on two survey waves conducted in 2006 and 2009 in China’s Yangzi Delta Region (see Capitalism from Below). The aim is to identify the drivers of corporate success in China’s emerging capitalist economy and to contribute to a better understanding of the long-term development of private firms. An important feature of the data collection effort in 2012 is the interdisciplinary, mixed method approach combining quantitative and qualitative survey methods collecting individual and firm-data (designed by Victor Nee, Cornell University and Sonja Opper, Lund University) with field experiments eliciting strategic preferences of the entrepreneurs and a local control group (designed by Håkan Holm, Lund University) and a network module describing the social network around each entrepreneur, today and back to the beginning of the venture (designed by Ronald Burt, University of Chicago).

Financial support:
This project was sponsored by the Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation, grant holder: Sonja Opper; Experimental research for this study was sponsored by the Knut Wicksell Centre For Financial Studies, the Crafoord Foundation and the Swedish Competition Authority, grant holder: Håkan Holm; Work by Ronald Burt on the network module was supported by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.