China Goes Global conference convenes at Harvard

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The fourth annual China Goes Global conference will be held at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University Oct. 6-8, 2010. Hosted by the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, this event will convene scholars, business executives, and students from around the world to present original research on the political, economic, cultural, and social dimensions of the China’s globalization.

In addition to panel presentations, the conference will include keynote addresses from several distinguished scholars and business executives: Gordon Redding, adjunct professor and director of the Euro-Asia and Comparative Research Centre of Asian Business and Comparative Management at INSEAD; Oded Shenkar, the Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management and professor of management and human resources, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University; Jing Ulrich, managing director and chairman of China Equities and Commodities, J.P. Morgan; and Louis T. Wells, Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management, Harvard Business School.

China In Focus

China is the world’s most populous nation with 170 cities of over one million people. It has the largest online population in the world, and more than 600 million of its citizens subscribe to wireless phone services and 12 percent purchase the world’s luxury goods. Now the world’s second largest economy (in GDP PPP) and the third largest trader, China has almost two trillion dollars in foreign reserves.

Yet, critics argue that the country’s dramatic economic growth is unbalanced and potentially unsustainable in the long term. The country struggles with environmental and societal challenges, and many Chinese companies are near bankruptcy.

Advancing Analytical Research on China’s Globalization
It is within this context that presenters will explore the growth of Chinese enterprises in new markets and economic sectors. Panel presentations will address the following topics:

  • Social, political, and economic influences of China’s globalization;
  • The effects of China’s globalization on the business environment of firms in developed and emerging countries;
  • The role of the U.S. and China as economic, political, and business leaders in the 21st century;
  • Factors associated with China’s emerging global economic prowess; and
  • Western political and economic models and theories that explain China’s current trajectory.

“The rise of China’s economy and the increasing global reach of its companies is drawing worldwide attention,” said Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center. “China is now a major economic actor and governments, companies, and many academics are looking to see how its policies will unfold and how they will affect the global economic recovery. We look forward to convening such a prestigious group of scholars to discuss the implications of China’s growing profile on the world’s stage.”

This is a ticketed event. For more information, please visit Journalists interested in covering the conference should contact Kate Hoagland at 617.495.4347 to reserve a space.