Social Capital Starvation and the break-up of regional business groups

Social Capital Starvation and the break-up of regional business groups

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The Secretary-General of the HEAD Foundation and co-Editor of the Oxford Business Handbook of Asian Business Systems, Professor Gordon Redding, looks at what research has to say about the common Chinese saying that a family’s wealth does not last beyond three generations. A study of leadership transitions in public-listed family businesses in the region between 1996 and 2005 indicates that over the five years in which each transition took place, the overall average loss of market-adjusted stock return was 56%. Professor Redding addressed four key questions in his lecture:

  1.  What are the causes of such long-term fragility in this organizational type?
  2. How significant is the type as a contributor to the forms of capitalism in the region?
  3. What are the means of avoiding the weaknesses at the organizational level?
  4. What are the means of avoiding the weakness at the societal level?

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.