SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentIMBA Program, First Year IMBA Program, Second Year
Course NameChinese Business in Global Perspective
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule



  1. 1.  Introduction and Organization

  2. 2.  Coping with the new economic order in the post-pandemic world   



    World Economic Forum, “Chief Economists Outlook”, May, 2023.



    IMF, “Geo-economic fragmentation and foreign direct investment”, April, 2023




    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

  1. 3.   Historical Legacies of Pre-Reform China


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


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


    Historical review video


  1. 4.  State Business Relationship and Chinese Business Culture



    Meg Rithmire, Hao Chen, “The Emergence of Mafia-like Business Systems in China”, The China Quarterly, Volume 248 , Issue 1 , December 2021 , pp. 1037 – 1058.


    Yanjie Bian, “The Prevalence and the Increasing Significance of Guanxi.” The China Quarterly, Vol. 235 (Sep 2018), pp. 597-621.

    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.


  1. 5.  China’s Belt and Road Initiatives and regional development



    “China’s massive belt and road initiatives”, 2023 


    “China’ Belt and Road Initiative: Sustainability in the new silk road”, University of Cambridge, 2022. 


    Zheng, Jane, 2022, “Rethinking the growth machine logic in cultural development: urban sculpture planning in Shanghai”, China information, 2022, 0920203X221081328.


  1. 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.


  1. 7.  China’s AI and high tech development  



    “How business and close China’s AI gap”, May, 2023


    Jennifer Pan, “Controlling China’s Digital Ecosystem: Observations on Chinese Social Media”, China leadership monitor, June, 2022. 


    Yin Li and Kaidong Feng ,”China’s Innovative Enterprises at the Frontiers: Lessons from Indigenous Innovation in Telecom-Equipment and Semiconductor Industries”, China Review, Volume 22, Issue 1, February 2022, pp. 11-37.


    “China’s Advanced AI Research Monitoring China's Paths to "General Artificial Intelligence”

    CSET Report, July, 2022


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


    IT, AI, big data,Telecom, bio-tech, electronics, e-commerce, fintech, new energy car , etc. 


    9.  Electric Vehicles, new energy, and environmental industries in China 

    “How did China come to dominate the world of electric Cars”, May, 2023

    Sirma Altun1  · Ceren Ergenc”The EU and China in the global climate regime: a dialectical collaboration-competition relationship”, Asia Europe Journal, May, 2023

    Gørild M. Heggelund, “China’s Climate and Energy Policy: At a Turning Point? “ International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics , Vol. 21, No. 2/3 (2021), pp. 9-23.

     Anna  Holzmann and  Nis  Grünberg, “ “Greening”  China: An analysis of Beijing’s sustainable development  strategies.” The Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Jan 07, 2021

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


    Choose specific issues, such as Chinese automobile industries, 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.


  1. 11.  Culture and Creative Sectors in China 


    Zi’ang Zhang , Zengxian Liang , Jigang Bao , “From theme park to cultural tourism town: Disneyization turning of tourism space in China” ,Regional Sustainability, 2 (2021), 156-163


    Ho, Hang Kei, “Twenty-first Century Wine Consumption Trends in East Asia :History, Luxury and Transformation”, Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change , vol. 6 , no. 2 ,2021


     Junhan Ye ,”The Application of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in Digital Humanities: Applying to Dunhuang Culture Inheritance, Development, and Innovation”, Journal of Computer Science and Technology Studies , 2022


  1. 12.  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. 


  1. 13.  The Chinese Model revisited  



    Mark Leonard, “China is ready for a world disorder: America is not”, Foreign Affairs, July/August, 2023

    Jae Ho Chung, “Homework for Beijing: Five Hurdles on China’s Path to Becoming a ‘Responsible Great Power’ ” Asian Perspective, Vol. 45, No. 1 (2021).

    Kai Yang, Stephan Ortmann, “From Sweden to Singapore: The Relevance of Foreign Models

    for China's Rise.” The China Quarterly, Vol. 236 (Dec 2018), pp. 946-967.


  1. 14.  Guest Speaker (tentative)



  1. 15.   Conclusion

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



Class participation and presentations:  60%

         Term paper (3000 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.  

The following two books were published about five years ago, but still provid general background reviews of Chinese economy and business development. Updated information and materials will be offered in the weekly readings:



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

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

Urls about Course