Heterogeneous Business Regimes


Name: Jakob Arnoldi
Title of project: Heterogeneous Business Regimes
Project group: Public Management & Social Development
Year of commencement: The year of initial grant that led to the start of the project


Project introduction:




Economic development in China has resulted in business regimes, which to some degree exhibit similarities with other Asian countries, yet which in crucial aspects are unique products of the political history and current political structure of China. Dominant here is the role of government in the economy.  Existing research has documented the extensive networks linking various types of economic enterprises with government but there has been very little focus on how regional and municipal governments in China have created different business regimes and political economies. There also has been little attention to the differences between central and local governments in terms of modes of economic governance and strategy. We hence see today not a business regimes in China or one mode of government intervention but rather heterogeneous business regimes when comparing Chinese regions. The heterogeneous business regimes are the results of different provisions of political, legal, and social rights, different industry sectors and company clusters, different patterns of incoming FDI, different forms of human capital available across regions and not least different levels of institutional development across the regions. The project Heterogeneous Business Regimes addresses this gap in the literature on China’s economic development.



Primary contact person: Jakob Arnoldi, Professor

Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, Department of Management

Fellow project partners: Anders Ryom Villadsen, Aarhus University

Yulia Muratova, Aarhus University

Chaohong Na, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics


SDC research project affiliation:
  • Chinese business groups and their internal structures.
  • Spatial patterns of mergers and acquisitions across Chinese regions and their underlying causes.
  • Corporate governance in family and state owned businesses.
  • Cultural diversity and the effect on risk perception.


Scheduled project activities: Workshop in December 2016 on the boundaries between public and private enterprises in China.