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Projects and activities

The CMGB has three focal areas of research:

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A), innovation and business transformation

Chinese companies' globalisation endeavours are largely driven by cross-border M&A activities, which are reshaping the globalisation agendas. This research area covers:

- Why and how Chinese companies use M&As strategy for globalisation

- What challenges they are facing

- How to overcome the pitfalls to achieve win-win situation for all partners involved in Chinese M&As

- The business transformation and technological upgrading of Chinese companies to gain global competitiveness

- Identifying the strategies that can foster business transformation

- How research and development (R&D) and innovation management affect companies' strategies and approaches in transforming their businesses and upgrading innovation capability

Talent management and global entrepreneurship

Talent management and entrepreneurship are crucial for China and the world. Returnee entrepreneurs are change makers and make a significant contribution to Chinese society and the business world. The mass entrepreneurship and innovation movement in China and its successful strategy in attracting top talent from all over the world might offer some lessons for other developing countries. Entrepreneurship is not an individual endeavour; it requires collective efforts and collaboration among government, business and public sectors. This research area explores the key lessons learned from China's global talent mobility and how entrepreneurial talent manages growth and partnerships in institutional transformation in China.

Global challenges and sustainable development

We are living in a time of uncertainty, but the UN's 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) paint a bright future. China's collaboration with the rest of the world to tackle the global challenges will be a necessity. We believe a nuanced and micro-level understanding of individuals, their behaviours and social interactions in organisations is instrumental for explaining processes and macro-level outcomes. This is therefore important for scholars, managers and policymakers to tackle societal and economic grand challenges facing the global economy today.

Illustrative projects for the Centre for China Management and Global Business are listed below.

Research projects

Contact us

Professor Yipeng Liu

For more information please contact Professor Yipeng Liu, CMGB Director.

Email: yipeng.liu@henley.ac.uk
Telephone: 0118 3788554