Business groups - large, diversified, often family-controlled organizations with pyramidal ownership structure, such as the Japanese zaibatsu, the Korean chaebol and the grupos economicos in Latin America - have played a significant role in national economic growth, especially in emerging economies. Earlier variants can also be found in the trading companies, often set up in Britain, which operated in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Business groups are often criticized as premodern forms of economic organization, and occasionally as symptomatic of corrupt 'crony capitalism', but many have shown remarkable resilience, navigating and adjusting to economic and political turbulence, international competition, and technological change. This Handbook provides a comprehensive analysis of business groups around the world. It examines the adaptive and competitive capabilities of business groups, and their evolutionary dynamics. 16 individual country chapters deal with business groups from Asia to Africa, the Middle East to Latin America, while overarching chapters consider the historical and theoretical context of business groups. With contributions from leading experts, The Oxford Handbook of business groups provides a comprehensive, empirically and theoretically rich guide for scholars and policy-makers. Available in OSO: http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/oso/public/content/oho_business/9780199552863/toc.html Contributors to this volume - Dante Mendes Aldrighi, Department of Economics, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Brian Boyd, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, U.S.A., Chi-Nien Chung, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Asli M. Colpan, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University, Japan, Andrew Delios, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Eduardo Fracchia, IAE Business School, Austral University, Argentina, Andrea Goldstein, OECD Development Centre, France, Mauro F. Guillen, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A., Sergei Guriev, New Economic School, Russia, Takashi Hikino, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan, Mike Hobday, Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Freeman Centre, Sussex University, U.K., Taeko Hoshino, Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO, Japan, Robert E. Hoskisson, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, U.S.A., Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School, U.S.A., Shinya Kawamoto, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University, Japan, Tarun Khanna, Harvard Business School, Hicheon Kim, Korea University Business School, South Korea, Young-Sam Kang, Konstantin Kosenko, School of Business Administration, The Hebrew University, Israel, Richard Langlois, Department of Economics, University of Connecticut, U.S.A., Keun Lee, School of Economics, Seoul National University, South Korea, Fernando Lefort, Ingeniero Comercial de la Pontificia Universidad Catolica de, Chile, James R. Lincoln, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, U.S.A., Ishtiaq P. Mahmood, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Luiz Mesquita, School of Global Management and Leadership, Arizona State University, U.S.A., Hideaki Miyajima, School of Commerce, Waseda University, Japan, Xufei Ma, Randall Morck, School of Business, University of Alberta, Canada, Fernando Postali, Department of Economics, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Juan Quiroga, IAE Business School, Austral University, Argentina, Jayati Sarkar, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, India, Ben Ross Schneider, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University, U.S.A., Masahiro Shimotani, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan, Akira Suehiro, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan, Lai Si Tsui-Auch, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Behlul Usdiken, Faculty of Management, Sabanci University, Turkey, Natenapha Wailerdsak, Faculty of Economics, University of the Philippines, Philippines, Yishay P. Yafeh, School of Business Administration, The Hebrew University, Israel, Toru Yoshikawa, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Canada.