IDC Seminar by Associate Professor Steven White

09 Sep 2016 3.00 PM to 4.00 PM Lecture Theatre 4, Building 2 Level 4, 2.404

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Chinese firms have come to dominate many manufacturing industries in the global marketplace.  The Chinese leadership, however, has recognized the critical need for Chinese firms to be more innovative in order to break out of the low value-added segments of the value chain that they occupy in most of these industries, or risk being caught in the “middle-income trap”.  The recent emphasis on “innovation” and “creative industries” is actually part of a long-term, continued effort to catch-up. This presentation traces this effort and accomplishments, and then proposes that culture represents the greatest challenge for Chinese firms to move beyond their current fundamental strategy based on imitation and cost innovation.
About the Speaker
Dr. Steven White is Associate Professor in the Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy of Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management, where he focuses on issues related to creativity and innovation, entrepreneurship and internationalization. He is also Associate Director of Tsinghua University’s x-lab, a cross-functional innovation hub that brings together students, faculty, policymakers and executives to develop the innovative and entrepreneurial capabilities in teams as they develop solutions to complex business and social problems and found new ventures. His MBA and executive teaching is focused on strategy, innovation and design thinking for new venture opportunities, international growth strategies, and cross-cultural management. His current research projects investigate business model innovation, cooperative strategies, new entrepreneurial ventures, the emergence of new industry clusters, and China’s VC industry. He has published extensively in international journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies and Research Policy. In 2015 he was recognized as one of the top 20 China-based management scholars based on his publications and citations. Before joining Tsinghua, Dr. White taught at INSEAD, the China Europe International Business School and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He received his Ph.D. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, MA from the International University of Japan, and BS from Duke University.  He is a United States citizen and resides in Beijing, China.