Accounting for the growth and transformation of Chinese businesses and the Chinese economy: Implications for transitional and development economics

Tomo Suzuki, Yan Yan, Bingyi Chen

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Within the last decade, international accounting, as a common language of business and a mode of governance, has come to be widely disseminated in China, and has become an indispensable infrastructure of its socio-economy. This diffusion of accounting was propagated as a national strategy for growth, led by a few senior officials as key actors, and implemented through the National Accounting Institutes (NAIs) as a distinct institutional mechanism. Despite its importance, accounting is rarely examined in the literatures of knowledge transfer, institutional sociology, transitional economics and development studies. Drawing on the multidisciplinary methods of contemporary history, this paper casts light on the NAIs as a focal point which effectively transfers and disseminates new knowledge, order and the spirit of a market economy, and which could be further developed, with cautions, as a replicable model for transitional and developing economies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-694
Number of pages30
JournalSocio-Economic Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Oct 1



  • Accountics
  • China
  • Economic development
  • Financial institutions
  • National Accounting Institute
  • Strategy and leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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