SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentIMBA Program, First Year IMBA Program, Second Year
Course NameChinese Business in Global Perspective
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

  1. Introduction and Organization


  2. An Overview of Economic and Business Environment in China

    Yingyi Qian, “How Reform Worked in China”, Dept. of Economics, UC Berkeley, 2001.

    WBR, 2013, Part I. , Ch 1, China’s path: 1978-2030; Ch 2, A New Development Strategy for 2030. pp. 4-24.

    Ling Chen & Barry Naughton, A Dynamic China Model: The Co-Evolution of Economics and Politics in China. Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 26, No. 103(January 2017), pp. 18-34


  3. Historical Legacies of Pre-Reform Era

    A brief historical and background introduction to China in the pre-reform era

    DVD: The Morning Sun.


  4. State Business Relationship and Chinese Business Culture

    Chapters in The China Question (2018): Ch 26, Does Law Matter in China; Ch 28 Who is Confucius in Today’s China? Ch 35, What is the Future of China’s Past?

    Chen, MingJer & Danny Miller, “The Relational Perspective as a Business Mindset: Managerial Implications for East and West,” Academy of Management Perspectives, Vol. 25, No. 3(August 2011), pp. 6-18.

    Fangtao Zou & Yongqiang Gao, “Guanxi with Government as a Source of Competitive Advantage in Mainland China,” Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge: Cambridge, Vol. 10, No. 2(March 2007), pp. 158-162.


    5. Regional Business Opportunities and China’s Belt and Road Initiatives

Fulong Wu, “Planning Centrality, Market Instruments: Governing Chinese Urban Transformation under State Entrepreneurialism,” Urban Studies, Vol. 55, No. 7(May 2018), pp. 1383-1399.

Chien-peng Chung & Thomas J. Voon, “China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative: Political- Economic Calculations of Southeast Asian States,” Asian Survey, Vol. 57, No. 3(May/June 2017), pp. 416-449.

Jeffrey Reeves, “China’s Silk Road Economic Belt Initiative: Network and Influence Formation in Central Asia,” Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 27, No. 112(February 2018), pp. 502-518.


6. Cases and Presentations: Doing Business in the Regional context and BRI

Choose specific cities, such as Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Chongqing , Xian, or more detailed study on BRI/AIIB . etc.


7. China’s high tech development and “Made in China 2025” Plan

Mckinsey Global Institute, “China’s Digital Economy: a leading global force,” August 2017.

Jon Schmid & Fei-Ling Wang, Beyond National Innovation Systems: Incentives and China’s Innovation Performance,” Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 26, No. 104(March 2017), pp. 280-296.

McKinsey Greater China FIG Practice, “Disruption and Connection: Cracking the Myths of China’s Internet Finance Innovation,” July 2016.


8. Cases and Presentations: High tech, e commerce, big data, and the Chinese version of industries 4.0

IT, AI, Telecom, bio-tech, electronics, software, e-commerce, internet finance, “science parks” in China;


9. Environmental protection and new energy business in China

Jonas Nahm, “Exploiting the Implementation Gap: Policy Divergence and Industrial Upgrading in China’s Wind and Solar Sectors,” The China Quarterly, Vol. 231(September 2017), pp. 705-727.

Anna L. Ahlers & Yongdong Shen, “Breathe Easy? Local Nuances of Authoritarian Environmentalism in China’s Battle against Air Pollution,” The China Quarterly, Vol. 234(June 2018), pp. 299-319.


“The EU-China Energy Cooperation Report”, 2017


10. Cases and Presentations: Business of Energy and Environmental Protection in China

Choose specific issues, such as new energy development, climate change, air and water pollution, or specific regions, such as Pearl River Delta Area, Yangtze River Delta, or Pan Bo-Hai Sea area.


11. Taiwan-China Business Connections and discussions

Shirley Lin, Taiwan’s China Dilemma (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016). Selected chapters. Chapter 4, 5, 6.

Group discussions


12. Culture and Creative Sectors in China

Michael Keane, Handbook of China’s Culture and Creative Industries in China, 2016. Chapter 8, 15.

Changwook Kim, “Locating Creative City Policy in East Asia: Neoliberalism, Developmental State and Assemblage of East Asian Cities,” International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 23, No.3(June 2015) , pp. 312-330.

Elena Meyer-Clement, “The Evolution of Chinese Film Policy: How to Adapt An Instrument for Hegemonic Rule to Commercialisation,” International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 23, No.4(July 2015) , pp. 415-432.


13. Case studies: Culture and Creative Sectors in China

Outbound and inbound tourism, Chinese film/TV/mass media industry, preservation of Chinese cultural heritages, China’s “cultural and creative” industries, and other cities for cultural industries like Hangzhou, Beijing, etc.


14. Guest Speaker


15. 12/11 Conclusion

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Class participation and presentations: 60%

Term paper (4500-5500 words): 40%

No mid-term and final exams.

Term paper due date : to be announced

Textbook & Reference

No standardized textbook is required for this course. However, the professor strongly recommend the students to read the recent World Bank Report, downloadable from the internet : World Bank, China 2030: Building a Modern, Harmonious, and Creative High-Income Society, 2013 (WBR)


The following two books provide a general background review of Chinese economy and business development:



  1. Jennifer Rudolph and Michael Szonyi ed., The China Question, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018)

  2. Barrry Naughton, Chinese Economy (MIT Press, 2018)



Major Academic Journals: China Quarterly (CQ), China Journal (CJ), Issues and Studies (IS), Journal of Contemporary China (JCC).


Magazine: China Business Review (CBR), China Perspective (CP), Beijing Review, Shanghai Daily, The Economist, etc.


Internet and Database:

  1. Pro Quest, EBSCO

  2. Beijing Review (

  3. World Bank (

  4. China Business Review (

  5. China Daily

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