This book would have never been written without cooperation, encouragement, and advice from our friends and colleagues. They are our co-authors.
We would like to give special thanks to Dr. Frank-Yurgen Richter, president of the Geneva-based Horasis consultancy and one of the opinion leaders on today’s Asia, for actively supporting the idea and making many valuable comments.
Working on the book required three intensive research sessions at the Singapore campus of INSEAD, one of the world’s best business schools, famous for its edge in the area of Asian business and economic studies. We take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Professor Hellmut Schutte who was our host there. He not only let us in, but also offered a lot of food for thought, generously sharing his innovative ideas, and kindly supplied very important materials and data.
Brain-storming discussions with INSEAD’s leading scholars Peter Williamson, Michael Witt, and Philippe Lasserre provided precious intellectual inputs.
We are also very grateful to people from the INSEAD staff, especially the Tanoto Library team, who made the research work there an unforgettable experience.
Outside INSEAD, we had very fruitful discussions with Dr. Chia Lin Sien, a distinguished expert on Asian affairs, who was part of the academic staff of the National University of Singapore for thirty years until 2001 before spending two years at the Waseda and Soka Universities in Japan as a visiting professor, and Mr. Wong ...