My research has covered a wide range of themes on the Vietnamese economy. After joining the Institute of Developing Economies in 1996, I started to research Vietnam, with a particular focus on external economic relations. Over time, my interests shifted to the domestic economy and political economy with respect to industries, businesses, and institutions. My early work culminated in the edited book The Transformation of Vietnamese Industry during the Period of Transition (IDE, 2006), which illuminated the processes of market-driven industrial development in the context of under-developed institutions. Subsequently, I engaged in fieldwork-based analysis of the Vietnamese motorcycle industry, which turned out to be one of the early works that highlighted the dynamics of industrial development the targeting burgeoning multi-layered developing country markets as well as the scope of active strategies by suppliers in developing countries. My recent work also covers political economic themes, including industrial policies, state-owned enterprise reform, and state−business relationships.
Current research projects
The other group of project examines industry, with a particular focus on the strategy of suppliers in global value chains as well as the impact of US–China trade tensions on the Vietnamese economy. My work in this area aims to elucidate general implications of the Vietnamese experience for development in latecomer developing countries, especially those aspiring to develop through integration with the global economy.