‘Insider Control’ and the Effects on Economic Systems

A Critical Review
  • Xiaokang Zhao
  • Wei-hua Jin


The purpose of this paper is to discuss the so-called ‘insider control’ phenomenon and its effects on economic systems, particularly in China. The paper will introduce the concept of the ‘insider control’ phenomenon and its background, such that a clear view with respect to the derivation of the ‘insider control’ can be seen. Then, the Chinese case and its impact upon the economic reforms process will be discussed. It is followed by the use of the open-system concept to try to understand the emergence and spread of such a phenomenon, in order to examine the usefulness and plausibility of using Critical Systems Thinking (Jackson, 1991) to guide a systems-based inquiry into ways of solving or dissolving ‘insider control’. The importance of this approach is associated with the sustainability of Chinese economic development for the benefit of the Chinese nation and the world as a whole.


Corporate Governance Enterprise Reform East European Country Critical System Thinking Inside Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaokang Zhao
    • 1
  • Wei-hua Jin
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Systems Research, Lincoln School of ManagementLincoln University Campus, University of Lincolnshire and HumbersideLincolnUK

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