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Chinese Industrialisation and its Implications to Management Theory

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Abstract: This paper seeks to explore and explain what Chinese manufacturing developments in the last 35 years can inspire and challenge the management studies. The paper recognises that the classical industrialisation model and industrial systems have brought China not only to the largest manufacturing nation but also to the tipping point where its success can destroy its achievements and even the world. The new generation of industrial strategy and management theory has to learn from the Chinese manufacturing experiences and explore new type of strategic and system solutions.

Presenter’s Biography: Dr Yongjiang Shi is a University Lecturer in Industrial Systems in the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge and a Research Director at the Institute for Manufacturing’s Centre for International Manufacturing. He has been teaching and studying management of international manufacturing network and supply chain for over twenty years and his research interests include global manufacturing networks, business ecosystem development, multinational corporations’ strategies in China, and sustainable industrial systems. He is also the Guangbiao Visiting Professor in Chinese Zhejinag University Management School where he is teaching Global Manufacturing and China Development for the EMBA Programme. Dr Shi has led or collaborated to a number of projects on business ecosystems and industrial sustainability, and has developed considerable experience in industrial symbiosis and circular economy, business ecosystems’ strategic patterns and capabilities, value creation networks, best practices for sustainable supply chain management, carbon reduction strategies and resource exploitation during industrialisation.

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