Writing this book made me realize that with the support of people writing can become an enjoyable task. I particularly benefited from Mrs Yu, a Burmese research associate at the School of Management, Asian Institute of Technology, who helped me in gathering literature, drawing figures and formatting.
I am also grateful for the feedback that I received for earlier drafts of the book, particularly from Raman, a Nepalese doctoral student at the School of Management. He read every chapter several times and looked for inconsistencies and a lack of clarity. With his help, I have tried to simplify the terminology employed throughout the book and included more figures to help the reader making connections between sections.
Without the data gathering of two former MBA students – Ramesh Hamal, a Nepalese, and Cheng Wanxiang, a Chinese – I would not have been able to provide empirical substance to the book. Their work enabled me to draw on the experience of organizations in Asia which serve as examples throughout the book.
During the process of writing this book, I had my second child, Aline. Being pregnant, I had the time needed to focus on writing without being disturbed by other activities that normally accompany a regular faculty job. Since I had my daughter before finishing this book, I feel, however, that she probably suffered most due to the lack of time that I committed to her after she was born. I also wish to thank those people around me who supported me throughout the writing process, especially my husband – Steffen Raub – and my son, Julian.
BETTINAS. T. BÜCHEL