Research Projects

Family Business and the Local Community: An Extension to the Project “Pre-modern Family Institution and Origins of Implicit Contact in Japanese Corporate Culture: A Case Study of the Sumitomo Group”

(Funded under Hang Seng Bank Golden Jubilee Education Fund for Research, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities & Social Sciences)

Principal Investigator

Guan Wenna, Honorary Research Associate and Research Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences
(Remarks: Dr. Guan Wenna left the University’s service from October 1, 2014.)

Total Fund Awarded

HKD 40,000

Project Duration

April 2012 – March 2013

Project Description

This project is a case study of the Sumitomo Group, one of Japan’s oldest and most important companies. Through a close examination of its history and the changing milieu up to the Meiji Era, Dr. Guan will seek to discern how the interplay between pre-modern family institutions and business pursuits engendered lasting impact on the organizing and governing principles of Japanese capitalism.