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  Special Workshop

Transnational Corporations, Trade and Development in China
Denver, U.S.A., February 28, 2014
 Overview of the Workshop

China’s national economy continues to globalize. It is important to see how this is playing out at an international level. A large number of Chinese companies, both state-owned and private, have been successfully internationalizing operations, in many cases in a matter of a few years. Acquiring an understanding of their motivation and behavior will help the global business community better work with them, and create an overall benefit for the global economy.

Partnered with the Center for China-US Cooperation and the Journal of Contemporary China at the University of Denver, USA, the Transnational Corporations Review (TNCR) with Ottawa United Learning Academy in Canada is calling for a Special Workshop on Transnational Corporations, Trade and Development in China. This workshop will discuss a number of carefully selected papers from the international conference in Wuhan University in November 2012, HEC Montreal in May 2013, and State University of Maringa, Brazil, in July 2013 organized by the Ottawa United Learning Academy and its partners in Canada, China, and Brazil. 

After this workshop, the authors will be asked to revise their papers for possible publication as a special issue in the Journal of Contemporary China, a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal abstracted and indexed in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and listed in the Journal Citation Reports with an impact factor of 0.792 in the category "Area Studies."

Invited Discussants   

  • Kul Bhatia, Western University, Canada
  • Eun Jin Hwang, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA 
  • Val Samonis, University of Toronto
  • Ari Van Assche, HEC Montreal

Proposed Papers

  • Internationalization of Chinese Enterprise: Assessment and Comparison, by Bai Yuan, Beijing International Studies University
  • China's R&D Production Efficiency and Impact Factors: An International Perspective, by Jianpin Liu, Shixiong Cheng and Xiaomei Zhu, Hubei University
  • Transaction Efficiency, International Labor Division and Transform Tendency of Dual Trade Structure, by Jingfeng Zhao, Zhixin Wang and Jin Qin, Northwest University
  • Outward Foreign Direct Investment in Chinese Enterprises, by Xiaoyan Ren and Shuili Yang, Xi’an University of Technology
  • Assessing Guangdong's Enterprises on Extent and Preparation for Internationalization, by Fengjuan Xiao, Malik Lounes and Qing Yang, Central University of Finance and Economics and South China Normal University, etc.

Selected Authors/Presenters Information

Professor Yuan Bai, Beijing International Studies University

Bai Yuan, Professor of Economics in Beijing International Studies University, Dean of School of Finance and Trade in Canvard Collage of Beijing Technology and Business University, Member of the Standing Committee of China International Cooperation Association. Academic interests:China’s outward foreign direct investment, creative industry and trade. Major works:Risks of China’s Outward FDI, published by China Financial Publishing House, Beijing, 2012.FDI in China’s Service Sector: Coming in and Going out, published by China Financial Publishing House, Beijing, 2009.China’s Creative Economy: Analysis of the Industries, published by the Publishing House of the University of Foreign Economics and Trade, Beijing, 2011.An Analysis of Creative Industries and Foreign Trade.China Financial Publishing House, Beijing, 2008.

Dr. Shixiong Cheng, Hubei University


Shixiong Cheng is an Associate Professor of International Economics at the School of Business, Hubei University. He has a Ph.D. in World Economics from Hubei University. His areas of research interests include inward and outward FDI in China, R&D impact on TFP growth,environment efficiency. He has published several papers in Chin Journals and presented his papers in conferences, such as the Canadian Economics Association and China Society of World Economics Association.

Professor Jianping Liu, Hubei University

JianpingLiu is Professor and Dean at the School of Business, Hubei University. He has a Ph.D. in PoliticalEconomy from Wuhan University in 2001. He is an Executive Director at China Society of World Economics and Vice-President at Hubei Society of World Economics. He is a lead and Supervisor for Ph.D. students in Theoretical Economics at provincial-level key disciplines in Hubei University.His areas of research interests include international economic relations, inward and outward FDI in China and R&D impact on TFP growth. He has published over 100 papers in China Journals and more than 10 academic monographs.

Dr. Jin Qin, Northwest University

Dr. Jin Qin obtained her graduate degree from Taiyuan University of Technology. She is currently studying in International Economics in Northwest University in Xi’an, China. Her recent studies and publications include Low-Carbon Economy on China’s Export Trade Structure Optimization Strategies;Low-Carbon Economy on China’s International Competitiveness of Industry, Transaction Efficiency, Evolution of Labor Division and Transform Tendency of Dual Trade Structure, and Human Resource Strategies in Emerging Industries in Shaanxi, China.

 Dr. Xiaoyan Ren, Xi’an University of Technology

Dr. Xiaoyan Ren is currently studying and researching in the Faculty of Economics and Management, Xi’an University of Technology. She is also a Lecturer in theDepartment of Applied Economics in Xi’an Jiaotong University. Her research interests centers on management of transnational corporation. She has participated in the project of the National Social Science Fund of China and several programs of Shaanxi Province Soft Science Plan.Her outstanding contributions and clear thinking are highly appreciated by the team members. She published several academy papers in domestic journals, one was indexed by CSSCI and two of which were indexed by EI.

Professor Fengjuan Xiao, Central University of Finance and Economics

Dr. Fengjuan Xiao is an Associate Professor at the School of Finance of the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE). Her research area covers development, international finance, trade, businesses and civil society education. She was a Coordinator of CUFE-VU (Victoria University of Australia) Joint Program from 2004-2008, responsible for project management and communications. Her earliest position was an administrator and interpreter at Foreign Affairs Division of CUFE, from 1987 to 1990. She was a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar in Claremont Graduate University at California from 2011-2012. She also visited Germany and Australia for several times as a scholar active in academic activities. She is now running a 2013 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) Program of “Not Taught in Classroom” (Civil Society Education in China) granted by the International Exchange Alumni of the State Department of the United States.

Professor Qing Yang, South China Normal University

Professor Qing Yang received his Doctor degree in Management Science and Engineering in the School of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Since 2004, he has been Professor and Head of Department of International Economics and Trade in the School of Economics and Management, South China Normal University. Prior to this position, he was a Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Commerce, Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand. He was also a Professor and Head of Department of International Economics and Trade in the School of International Business, Foshan University, Guangdong. From 1982 to 1996, he was an Associate Professor and Head of Group of Economy Statistics, Department of Planning and Statistics, Jiangxi University of Economics and Finance.

Professor Shuili Yang, Xi’an University of Technology

Shuili Yang is Professorand Vice Dean of the Economics and Management School at Xi’an University of Technology, where he received his PhD in Business Administration. Dr. Yang He has been engaged in studying and investigating in the field of management of transnational corporation, especially on corporation governance and motivation mechanisms. Recent years, he has successfully hosted and completed three projects of the National Social Sciences Fund of China, six programs of Shaanxi Province Soft Science Plan, and four programs of the Xi’an Soft Science plan. He has published over fifty papers in domestic journals and one English paper was indexed by SSCI. He is the member of China Enterprise Management Association, the vice-chairman of System Engineering Society of Xi’an, and the evaluation expert for the projects of National Philosophy and Social Science Fund and Shaanxi Province Soft Science Plan.

Professor Jingfeng Zhao, Northwest University

Professor Jingfeng Zhao received his Ph.D. degree from Renmin University of China. He achieved in his research in world economics, and published over 80 papers. His major contribution to the theory of world economics is to analyze systematically economic globalization and regional economic unification in the development of the world economy. He makes use of the theory of economics, and on the basis of this, put forward some solutions which are proper for China and developing countries in participation in world economy. The work he is doing has considerable effect in the research world in China.

 Professor Xiaomei Zhu, Hubei University

Dr. Xiaomei Zhu is a Professor at the School of Business, Hubei University. She is also a Deputy Dean at the School. ProfessorZhu received her Ph.D. degree in Economics from Wuhan University in 2004. She went to Stanford University’s Hoover Institution as a visiting scholar in 2005. From 2007 to 2011, she was engaged in post-doctoral research at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. Professor Zhu’s main research areas are international finance and regional economy. She has enjoyed a very distinguished academic career, and presided over more than 10 national-, provincial- and ministerial research projects. She has also produced one monograph and more than 50 academic papers, as well as to win the first prize for outstanding achievements of social science in Hubei province.

Contact Information

Workshop Lead: Dr. Suisheng (Sam) Zhao, Professor and Director, Center for China-US Cooperation, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, USA. Workshop Assistant, Ms. Dana Lewis. Workshop Collaboration: Professor Jennifer Ma, Ottawa United Learning Academy. Email: tncr.special@gmail.com.


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