The development of entrepreneurship in China

Jing Yu Yang, Jiatao Li

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In this paper, we provide an overview of the extant research on the development of entrepreneurship in China. This research focus is a relatively recent phenomenon since China's market transition started from late 1978. We review the literature over the 26 years from 1980 through 2005, as published in 11 leading English-language academic journals. We identify 68 articles from this review and analyze them based on the research subjects, methods, and firm types. From this review, and integrating with research on market transitions, we propose a three-stage model of market transitions that has important implications for entrepreneurship research in transition economies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-359
Number of pages25
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • Entrepreneurship development
  • Market transition
  • Transition economy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management


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