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Business Ethics in Hong Kong: A Confucian Perspective and the Long-term Trend

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The presentation comprises of three studies relating to the current state and the future of business ethics in Hong Kong. The first study discusses the conceptualization and operationalization of virtue business ethics from a Confucian perspective. A three-factor model of Confucian business ethics is proposed and validated with structural equation modeling. The second study describes the business ethics performance of seven industries in Hong Kong from both cross-sectional and longitudinal perspectives. The property industry consistently is seen as relatively less ethical, while the retail industry usually outperforms others. The third study predicts the long-term state of business ethics development in Hong Kong using dynamic distribution analysis. The future long run steady state distribution indicates an encouraging finding that business in Hong Kong will converge to a slightly positive, long-term steady state.

Date:
Tuesday August 1, 2017
Time:
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location:
Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Room 2300 (2nd floor)
Cost:
Complimentary, RSVP required.
Includes:
Light snacks and beverages to be served.
Registration:
Please register here.
Inquiries:
beedie-events@sfu.ca.

Dr. Felix Tang is both an SFU BBA and MBA Alumni. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing at Hang Seng Management College. He is also the Director of Research Institute for Business and an Associate Director of the BBA Programme. He received numerous teaching awards, including the top teaching award at HSMC in 2015-16 for his outstanding performance in teaching.

His research interests include customer satisfaction, consumer ethics, business ethics, and service learning with a focus on Chinese cultural influence and issues important to Asian countries. He has recently contributed several articles in both marketing and management fields, such as Asian Journal of Business Ethics and Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics. Dr. Tang has served as a consultant for listed companies and SMEs.

China’s Economic Strategies in a Black Swan Lake

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The Brexit and stunning victory of Donald Trump were described as black swan events which result in severe doubts on the trend of globalization. Such uncertainty shadows the growth perspectives of open economies, especially China. Professor Bo Chen will share his viewpoints on the main challenges facing China’s economy under the global context-namely, the unstable domestic financial market, weaker RMB with capital flight, debt problem, real estate bubble, and economic structural changes. He will then summarize the reform policies aimed at dealing with these challenges. In particular, he will focus on the major reforms in the state and financial sectors.

Date: Monday, June 26th, 2017
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: 2800 (2nd floor)
SFU Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

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Professor Bo Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University in 2008. Dr. Chen is a professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He is also a Research Associate of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). Since June 2013, Dr. Chen has served as the executive director of the Research Centre on Free Trade Zone and participated in the consultation for the establishment of China (Shanghai) and China (Hubei) Free Trade Trial Zone. He was selected to give talks on Shanghai FTZ to senior officers at the Ministry of Treasury and the Ministry of Commerce. Since 2015, he has been a senior consultant to Fujian and Guangdong FTZs.

Furthermore, he is also a senior lecturer to the executives of central State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council on “One Belt, One Road” Initiative. Dr. Chen remains a senior consultant (to both central government and Shanghai Municipal government) on various undergoing macroeconomic reforms, especially on the policies on trade, investment, and SOEs.International Business Academy since 2012.

Introduction to a new crowdfunding business model: An innovative mechanism for establishing business partnership

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Crowdfunding originated and gained popularity in the West. The Chinese version of crowdfunding introduced in this talk is a new type of crowdfunding. This new business model first appeared in China in 2013 and is becoming increasingly popular among entrepreneurs, primarily as a novel mechanism for identifying and selecting business partners as well as for fundraising.

The Chinese version of crowdfunding is not simply about accumulating funds. The model is more concerned with accumulating people and ideas. In this model, all the key resources needed for launching an entrepreneurial project are pre-identified and potential investors are sought and selected among acquaintances who hold these resources. Also, this business model blurs the lines between customers and investors; the investor can also be the consumer and the administrator. This selection process ensures that all investors (also shareholders) share similar ideals, entrepreneurial mind-sets, and risk tolerance, and eventually a tightly knit network of people, resources, ideas, and investment is formed. Over the last couple of years, this innovative crowdfunding model has been successfully applied in Canada, leading to many successful entrepreneurial projects in entrepreneurial hubs such as Toronto and Vancouver. Dr. Jiawei Zhang and SFU Professor Natalie Bin Zhao recently published an article in the Ivey Business Journal: Crowdfunding’s Cafe Society, to systematically introduce the rationale and key issues associated with this new business model to the academia and practitioners’ community.

Dr. Zhang will compare the Chinese version of crowdfunding with other forms of crowdfunding. He will also use the crowdfunding cases he personally guided and participated in to illustrate the core ideas, principles and methods involved in this new model. Learning from his personal experiences and observations, Dr. Zhang will also discuss common pitfalls and the possible solutions. Through this talk, Dr. Zhang hopes to introduce the Chinese version of crowdfunding as a new potential way to find and collaborate with business partners in the sharing economy and in this internet era with “too much information but not so much trust”.

Co-hosts:
UBC Asia Forestry Research Center
Grizzly Bear Institute of Canada
SFU Jack Austin Center for Asia Pacific Business Studies

Speaker: Dr. Jiawei Zhang
Commentator: Dr. Natalie Bin Zhao

Date: Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: UBC FSC 1221,
2424 Main Mall, Vancouver
Registration: Please register here.
Language: Mandarin (with English translation)
Inquiries: beedie-events@sfu.ca.
 

Jiawei Zhang (PhD, Dalian Maritime University) is a research fellow at the Jack Austin Center for Asia Pacific Business Studies at Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. He is also an adjunct professor at Dalian Maritime University, chief researcher of the Grizzly Bear Institute of Canada, and a research fellow at the Institute of Strategic Research of Peking University. His research areas include strategic planning, organizational management, business models, and supply chain management. In particular, Dr. Zhang focuses his research on Canada-China and USA-China economic relations as well as crowdfunding business models and niche market behavior. Dr. Zhang was the Chairman and President of a large company in China for more than ten years. He has rich management experience and is an expert in Chinese enterprise reforms and development and in China’s corporation laws. Dr. Zhang is also a successful angel investor and corporate consultant. The book Niche, translated by Dr. Zhang, and the book Rising Niche written by him, are bestsellers in China. His another book—The Winning Makers: The Ugly Duck Management—is popular among young entrepreneurs in China.

Myth-busting Chinese Corporations in Australia and Canada

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Date: Friday, January 27th, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: Segal Graduate School
500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Room 2800 (2nd floor)
Registration: Please register here.
Inquiries: beedie-events@sfu.ca.
Among policymakers, media, and the broader public, confusion reigns supreme when it comes to Chinese corporations. State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) are assumed to be blindly following Chinese Communist Party (CCP) or security service orders with little concern for their own commercial interests. And private Chinese firms are conflated with SOEs and viewed as pawns in the CCP’s regional expansion strategy, despite the enormous growth of the Chinese private sector over the past two decades.Lurking behind these judgments is a biased frame of reference that views Chinese investors primarily as a threat, especially when compared to foreign investors from traditional allies of Canada and Australia. This bias exacerbates regional tensions that are already strained due to US-Chinese rivalry. This paper challenges these myths and biases through case studies of major private and State-controlled Chinese corporations in Australia. Subjects will include infrastructure/resources firms (Chinalco, Landbridge Group, Fosun Group), real estate firms (Wanda Group), and hi-tech innovators (Huawei Technologies). While the main focus is on Australia, most of these Chinese companies have also invested in Canada, where similar attitudes towards Chinese investment are evident.

 

Colin Hawes Colin Hawes is Associate Professor and Director of Courses in the Law Faculty at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Dr. Hawes studied Chinese at Durham University, UK, and in Beijing and Wuhan, China. He holds a Ph.D. in Asian Studies and an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. He practised law in Vancouver focusing on Asia-related cases before joining the UTS Law Faculty in 2005. Colin is especially interested in the intersection between corporations, law and culture: how cultural values impact on the way that corporations behave in different societies, and how large business corporations can be held accountable for their actions. He has published numerous articles on Chinese corporate governance and Chinese law and society in international journals and a book entitled The Chinese Transformation of Corporate Culture (Routledge Press 2012). Colin is currently engaged in collaborative research projects on the creative interpretation of corporate law by Chinese judges, and on the complex governance structures of large Chinese corporations.

Firm Response to Natural Disasters: Initial Findings from a Survey of 19 Countries

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Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: Segal Graduate School
500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Room 2800 (2nd floor)
Inquiries: Please contact beedie-events@sfu.ca.
How do firms perceive and response to natural disasters? The occurrence and severity of natural disasters have been increasing over time in past several decades. Word Bank (2016) estimated that the cost of natural disasters worldwide could reach US$314 billion annually by 2030 from $250 billion now. Because most of the critical infrastructure is owned by the private sector, business vulnerability is the vulnerability of society. While managers rated natural disasters as one of their top threats making negative impacts on their organizations (PwC, 2013), no systematic survey for the private sector has been conducted by academics as well as by practitioners. The presentation will show the initial findings from a survey conducted in Asia, North America, and South America. The findings will provide implications to managers that how they need to prepare and respond against the risk of natural disasters.

 

Chang Hoon Oh Dr. Oh is Professor of International Business at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. He was the Inaugural Alan Rugman Visiting Fellow in Henley Business School, University of Reading for 2015/2016. Before he joined academics, he worked for Samsung Electronics and Samsung Corporation as a marketing manager at their headquarters. He served his military service as an instructor, first lieutenant ROTC, in South Korea. His research centers on internationalization strategy, business continuity, and globalization versus regionalization. He also proceeds to interdisciplinary works and bridges between business and economics and between business and political science. He has published more than 40 articles in peer reviewed journals in business, economics, and political science, and his works appear in leading journals such as Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Global Environmental Change. He is Co-Editor of Multinational Business Review starting September 2016. He also serves for Journal of International Business Studies and International Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy as a capacity of editorial board member. He is a Canadian Representative and board member of European International Business Academy since 2012.

Exploring China’s State-led Investment in Latin America: Evidence from the Extractive Sector

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Date: Monday, October 17th, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: Segal Graduate School
500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Room 2800 (2nd floor)
Registration: Please register here..
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Exploring Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) in natural resource sectors in Latin America, based on data covering aid, loans, and FDI, we find that similar to the case in Africa, the Chinese government builds relationships with countries in Latin America through loans and infrastructure projects, which, in turn, helps Chinese firms, especially state-owned ones, secure deals in the natural resource sectors. We also find that Chinese firms’ disputes with governments of Latin American countries are significantly lower than other firms’ disputes with these governments, indicating that the relationship building at the intergovernmental level serves to mitigate the opportunism of host governments, and minimizes political risk at the national level for Chinese firms. In addition, by investigating the social risk implications of the Chinese OFDI model for Chinese firms, we find that Chinese firms’ disputes with nongovernmental stakeholders are significantly higher than other firms’ disputes, indicating the limitation of the state-led Chinese OFDI model. Moreover, Chinese firms may lack firm-level capabilities to deal with the political and social risks arising from nongovernmental political forces.

 

Carlos Vecino, former industrial engineer, holds a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Administration from the University of Montreal (HEC Montréal) with a focus in International Business and Finance. He is a full professor at the Escuela de Estudios Industriales y Empresariales – Universidad Industrial de Santander and has been a visiting professor of the department of Finance and the department of International Business at HEC Montréal. He has more than twenty-five years of academic experience as an undergraduate and graduate professor in Colombia and Canada. He’s also been a graduate program coordinator, a school director and a consultant for several organizations. Dr. Vecino is the author of several journal articles and papers in the business area, as well as books on topics such as the customs system in Colombia, Foreign Direct Investments in Latin America and Engineering Economy. Currently, he is an invited researcher at the Jack Austin Center of SFU.

From External Liberalization to Domestic Deregulation: the Logic behind SOE Reform in China

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: Segal Graduate School
500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Room 2800 (2nd floor)
Registration: Please register here..
Inquiries: Please contact beedie-events@sfu.ca.

China’s economy is slowing down and expected to enter the so called “medium high growth” track. However, it is unanimously agreed that the goal cannot be achieved without deep structural reforms. Thus reform on the State-owned Enterprises (SOE) is one of the high portfolio economic strategies in China. In September, 2015 Central Committee and the State Council announced the proposal on SOE reform. The proposal appears to be aimed at much-needed longer term structural change. If the reform is successful implemented, SOE system would be more modernized, and market-oriented. And it may create a wide range of business opportunities to both domestic and foreign investors. As a government consultant, Dr. Bo Chen will share his viewpoints and analyses on the background, logic, as well as challenges, of the SOE reform.

Professor Bo CHEN received his Ph.D. degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) in 2008.

Besides his current appointment in Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SHUFE), Dr. Chen is also a Research Associate of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). Since June 2013, Dr. Chen has served as the executive director of the Research Centre on Free Trade Zone and participated in the consultation for the establishment of China (Shanghai) Free Trade Trial Zone. He was selected to give talks on Shanghai FTZ to senior officers of Ministry of Treasury, Ministry of Commerce. Since 2015 he has been a senior consultant to Fujian and Guangdong FTZs. Furthermore he is also invited to lecture senior executives of central State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council on “One Belt, One Road” Initiative. Dr. Chen remains as a senior consultant (to both central government and Shanghai Municipal government) on various undergoing macroeconomic reforms, especially on the policies on trade, investment, and SOEs.

His opinions about China’s economy policies appear in various mainstream media such as CCTV, BBC, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Lianhe Zaobao. Besides the central/federal governments of China, New Zealand, and Australia, Dr. Chen has also given keynote speeches on China Macroeconomic Policies and Reforms to many leading business groups and think tanks such as the Goldman Sacks Group, HSBC, the Deutsche Bank, BAML, the Asian Society, CEPII and the Rhodium Group.

Export Diversification and the Product Space

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Developing countries are placing increased emphasis on diversifying their export basket and ‘adding more value’, yet these policies are often haphazardly designed with little connection to economic theory & evidence. By analyzing 40 years of global export data with both traditional and network methods, we can find strong patterns of relationships between products. This ‘product space’ strongly shapes the opportunity set for countries in their efforts to diversify output and move to higher value activities, and combined with recent experiences in productive development policies suggests how governments can most effectively achieve export diversification.
Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Simon Fraser University (Live)
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, B.C.
Canada V5A 1S6
Fishbowl 4th floor, WMC 4335

Space is limited, please RSVP to Judy Zaichkowsky.


Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Room 4400 (4th floor)

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Bailey Klinger, BBA SFU 2002, PhD Harvard 2008, is co-founder, Executive Chairman & Chief Scientist of EFL Global. Bailey’s research has focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and productive transformation in developing countries, and has been published in leading Journals such as Science. He serves as Senior Advisor to the Minister of Production in Peru, and on various boards. He has a Masters in Public Administration in International Development and PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Contingency Effects of National Culture and Institutions on How Social Networks Influence Individual Creativity

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This talk is presented in partnership with the Centre for Global Workforce Strategy.

Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm Presentation & QA
Location: Segal Graduate School
500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Room 2800 (2nd floor)
RSVP: Please reserve a spot by registering here.
Inquiries: Please contact beedie-events@sfu.ca
 

Abstract
While the role of social networks in organizations has received considerable attention, researchers have paid less attention to how national culture and institutional differences across countries influence network mechanisms. To help fill this gap, we examine how a host country’s national cultural and institutional contexts influence the relationship between an individual’s social network (ties and position) and creativity in a multinational organization. Using hierarchical linear modeling, a test of hypotheses is conducted based on unique sociocentric data from one multinational organization of 1698 individuals (1436 respondents) in 28 subsidiaries across 17 countries around the world. Results suggest that national culture (individualism-collectivism) and institutional context (regulative institutions) significantly impact this relationship. Our findings call into question the feasibility to generalize social network theories across different macro-contexts.

Dr Carl F Fey is a Professor of International Business at Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki, Finland. Until October 2015 he served as Dean of Nottingham University Business School China, the Director of Executive Education and a Chaired Professor of International Business. Under Fey’s leadership NUBS China placed a focus on quality education and research focusing around the three Is of International, Innovative, and Interactive and grew to have about 2500 students and a faculty of 90 coming from 28 countries around the world (Fey hired over 55 long-term faculty and over 20 full-time visiting faculty during his 4.5 year deanship). Prior to joining Nottingham University Business School China he was a Professor at Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden where among other responsibilities he helped the school start and develop a branch campus in Russia which became a leader in business education in Russia for executive education and EMBA programs on which the school focused. Dr Fey obtained his PhD at the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada.

Most of Dr Fey’s research focuses on understanding how cultural and institutional differences between countries require adaption of management theory and practice for success in the transforming economies of China and Russia. More specifically, Dr Fey’s research focuses on international aspects organizational culture and effectiveness, leadership, strategic human resource management, foreign market entry, mergers and acquisitions, and knowledge transfer. Dr Fey has published over 45 articles in various academic journals including the Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Organization Science. Fey has also published articles in many managerially-oriented outlets such as the Wall Street Journal. He received 2013 Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) Decade Award for the paper Minbaeva, D., Pedersen, T., Björkman, I., Fey, C. F., & Park, H. J. 2003. MNC knowledge transfer, subsidiary absorptive capacity and HRM. Fey is a sought-after teacher (focusing on International Business, international management, Leadership, and Organizational Behavior) who is especially experienced in selling, designing, directing, and delivering executive education programs.

The Chinese Crowdfunding Business Model

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This seminar will be presented in Mandarin with consecutive translation.
Date: Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am Presentation & QA
Location: Segal Graduate School
500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Room 2800 (2nd floor)
RSVP: Registration is full. Walk-ins are welcome space permitting.
Inquiries: Please contact beedie-events@sfu.ca
Abstract
Crowdfunding originated in the United States and was later introduced to China, where it exploded in popularity in 2012. I will discuss the basic concepts and the operational model of the Chinese crowdfunding, as represented by Peking University’s 1898 Café. I will also share insights of the Vancouver 1029 Café and other businesses that have used the same business model. Through the analysis of cultural differences between the East and the West, and of different business environments, I will focus on the prospects and the potential problems associated with the Chinese crowdfunding business model, especially when it is applied in North America, and I will discuss some solutions to these problems as well.
Professor Zhang Jiawei is a visiting scholar of the Jack Austin Center for Asia-Pacific Business Studies at Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. He is also a research fellow at the Institute of Strategic Research of Peking University, and the chief research fellow at the World Shipping Research Center of Dalian Maritime University. His research includes strategic planning, new business models, and supply chain management. In particular, Professor Zhang focuses on economic issues related to China and North America as well as the crowdfunding business model and niche market behavior.

Professor Zhang has rich business experience. He was the Chairman and President of a large state-owned company in China for more than ten years. He is an expert in Chinese enterprises’ reform and development and has a deep understanding of China’s Corporation Law. He is also a successful Angel investor and a well-known consultant for companies.

Professor Zhang was the chief architect behind the establishment of the Vancouver 1029 Café, the first Chinese-style crowdfunding coffee shop overseas. Professor Zhang was thus named “the first overseas Chinese applying the Chinese crowdfunding model.” His translated book Niche is one of the bestselling books in China, and his new book The Winning Makers—The Ugly Duckling Management has gained instant popularity among young entrepreneurs in China.