Research Initiative

The world has been coming to China in an increasing rate since the days of Deng Xiaoping and the opening of the country’s doors in 1978. Since then, China’s rise to economic and political power has been nothing less than historic. China’s rise has corresponded with its ambitions globally. It hosted the Olympic Games in 2008 in its nation’s capital for all to marvel in its glory and organized the 2010 world expo. China is the most populous nation in the world, second largest economy in purchasing power terms, third largest trader, and gaining grounds in foreign direct investments and M&A, and international resource acquisitions. The development of the Chinese MNC is a new feature of globalization, one that will undoubtedly change the geopolitical landscape. This research initative China Goes Global investigates some emerging questions related to China’s globalization: Why do Chinese firms internationalize, how do they do so, and what is the impact of Chinese firms and institutions internationalization on other nations.

Until now, there are only a few publications focusing on the expansion and activities of Chinese firms abroad. With the initative ChinaGoes GlobalT , Jacobs University, Rollins College, Harvard University and Georgia Tech (CIBER) conduct a collaborative research initiative to analyze the structure and the inherent problems of this topic, and to give answers to these questions from a variety of stakeholders’ perspectives - corporate, governmental and non-governmental decision makers as well as researchers.

The outcomes of this project are so far the organization of several international conferences since 2006, the book China Rules: Globalization and Political Transformation (Palgrave McMillan, 2009), a Special Issue in Chinese Management Studies Journal (2009), and a a Special Issue iin the Thunderbird International Business Review (2011), as well as multiple journal articles and book chapters. 

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