|2.||. The emergence of corporate structures: Recent studies on stock markets and other newly available materials will enable scholars to look at company law and corporate structures. These kinds of studies depend on company archives.|
|3.||. Marketing strategies and management styles: The company records include their own magazines, catalogues, and posters. These kinds of materials help researchers better understand marketing strategies. Some newspapers, such as Shenbao and the North China Herald, also have marketing intelligence sections.|
|4.||. Consumer styles: Business historians could draw on autobiographies, company promotion materials, pamphlets, calendar posters, and paintings to reconstruct changing consumer preferences in modern China.|
|5.||. Legal disputes: Available in company archives are many contracts and documentation of legal disputes, which could support solid research on the legal aspects of Chinese business. For example, did law or custom weigh heavier in resolving business disputes?|
|6.||. Chinese business networks: We have a number of studies of Chinese business networks, but there is still no clear consensus on what a Chinese business network is, or what is particularly "Chinese" about such business networks. The new material can help us to better understand topics such as how patterns of emigration and different forms of trading affected the network structure. In the past, scholars have focused primarily on the positive sides of networks, but interviews could provide insight on the negative/dysfunctional aspects of networks.|
|7.||. Industrial technology: Some company archives contain information on industrial designs and engineering and industrial technology. The University of California at Berkeley Library houses materials on some translations of Western science texts into Chinese. These kinds of materials could help us to understand one of the more neglected topics in this field.|
In sum, we need to have more case studies of individual enterprises in order to analyze these and other issues; thus, access to archives and new materials matters. After we have a sufficient number of cases, we can piece them together into more conclusive images of how Chinese business has functioned in the distant and more immediate past, a past that will continue to shape a rapidly evolving present.