chapter  5
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THE FINDINGS OF THE THREE EMPIRICAL STUDIES presented in the previous chapters indicate that there are many similarities in economic and social behaviour between Hindu industrialists in central Gujarat, Chinese and Malay entrepreneurs in northern Malaysia, and Muslim businessmen in Central Java. While earlier studies on entrepreneurship in South and Southeast Asia tended to stress variability, conversely this study points out that there are striking resemblances in entrepreneurial behaviour across the two regions. As discussed in Chapter 1, these similarities are usually hidden under the variations in analytical approaches that tend to overemphasize the unique characteristics of businessmen in India, Malaysia and Indonesia.