Talent development is key for innovation

The presentation of the Government Work Report during the two sessions in Beijing last week is always reason for discussion and reflection. As an observer and researcher of Chinese innovation for over a decade, I pay particular attention to the support and regulation regarding innovation. In recent years innovation has been a key strategic direction for reform, increase of productivity and overall economic development.

Read more: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2017-03/12/content_28523680.htm; http://cn.chinadaily.com.cn/2017-03/15/content_28580844.htm(Chinese version)

Global entrepreneurs should dare to take the responsibility to lead the frontier

The reality is that the world has always been more complex and interdependent than we would like to admit. The current negative trends and national emotions are probably a result of the disappointment of the large group of common middle class citizens in the lack of tangible positive rewards of a global economy. In my opinion, as a business school professor, the answer should probably be in an increasingly important role for entrepreneurs in shaping the future and making changes not only in the economy but also in the society. Entrepreneurs are the real change makers and social entrepreneurs may be able to mobilize key stakeholders, including governments and citizens, most effectively. China, as one of the largest stakeholders in the world economy and society, will inevitably play a large role in this process. And, China has proven in the past years to be a supporter of entrepreneurship and innovation; China’s economic power is mostly driven by entrepreneurs.

Read more (in Chinese): http://cn.chinadaily.com.cn/2017-01/18/content_27990697.htm

China’s inevitable role in pushing the frontier of innovation

The official Davos website points out that Global events this year have reminded decision-makers that the more complex a system, the greater a community’s concern about its future. The weakening of multiple systems has eroded confidence at the national, regional and global levels. And, in the absence of innovative and credible steps towards their renewal, the likelihood increases of a downward spiral of the global economy fuelled by protectionism, populism and nativism. What’s your outlook for the world economy in 2017? How can we innovatively and solidly foster the renewal of the global system? What kind of responsibility do you expect China to take within that process?

Read more: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2017-01/10/content_27913743.htm

Respect local market, priority for Chinese entrepreneurs going abroad


As the One Belt One Road initiative rolls out, many Chinese corporations are stepping up to co-finance, invest or contract projects with local companies along the Silk Road, while investors tend to be more worried about localizing projects and financial risks. Could you give some suggestions to Chinese companies to deal with this?

Read more: http://africa.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2016-12/22/content_27744138.htm; http://cn.chinadaily.com.cn/2016-12/27/content_27790306.htm (in Chinese)


Chinese changemakers are on the rise

In August 2016 Chinese taxi hailing platform Didi Chuxing acquired Uber China after closing several investments with Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent (BAT), Apple, Foxconn and China Investment Corp. These impressive investments totalled US$1 billion, with the market valuation reaching US$35 billion. Didi Chuxing now lays claim to 300 million users, 10 million orders per day and 14 million drivers in over 400 Chinese cities. Founder Cheng Wei is only 33 years old and joins a long list of young Chinese changemakers that are disrupting Chinese markets.
Read more: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/10/27/chinese-changemakers-are-on-the-rise/

Can China’s Internet celebrities run successful businesses?

Entrepreneurs like Luo and He are “media guys, someone who really knows how to do internet marketing, how to create fans, how to convince people”, said Greeven, who’s also an associate professor of Zhejiang University. However, “they may not always understand their products well enough… they appear to have limited experience in how to manage the people and how to get the knowledge… but the product in the end is above anything,” he said.

Read more: South China Morning Post