Saul Estrin

Saul Estrin was the founding head of the Department of Management at LSE and formerly professor of economics and associate dean at London Business School. He researches in international business and entrepreneurship, especially with reference to emerging economies. He is former president of the European Association for Comparative Economic Systems and a fellow of the Academy of International Business.

Do Business Groups in Asia Really Spur Innovation?

In recent years, many Asian countries have received attention for their burgeoning economic development and innovation. Much of this development and innovation is driven by business groups, large and highly diversified networks of firms with common ownership (such as Samsung). Simon Commander and Saul Estrin argue in their new book that the role of business groups as catalysts for innovation is much more nuanced than the hype suggests. 

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