News & Highlights

  • May 2020

HBS MBA Class of 2022 Online Welcome Event

On May 17, HBS Greater China Club and Harvard Center Shanghai co-hosted a virtual welcome event for newly-admitted students with current MBA students and HBS alumni. The HBS Greater China Club panel shared valuable experience and practical tips regarding life at HBS. Eight alumni representatives from Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong reflected on what they have accomplished after graduating and how the MBA program contributed to their accomplishments. The event ended with a Q&A aiming to help new students build a foundation for life at HBS.
  • April 2020

Career Mentoring Webinar with Current MBA students

On April 26, more than 10 HBS alumni, many of whom graduated during the economic downturn in 2002 and 2008, virtually met with current MBA students to provide insights into how to secure job opportunities in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. This event was co-hosted by the HBS Entrepreneurship Club, HBS Greater China Club, HBS Association of Beijing and Harvard Center Shanghai. Alumni shared their perspectives on the current job market and provided advice on seeking internships and how to balance starting a new position and long-term career development.
  • JANUARY 2020

The Global Classroom: Student Immersion in China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka

As part of the MBA elective curriculum students have the opportunity in their second year to enroll in an Immersive Field Course – or “IFC.” These courses are driven by faculty research and industry connections, and provide students with an opportunity to step out of the classroom and put the skills they have learned to practice in the field. In January 2020, Professor Willy Shih in the Technology and Operations Management Unit and Associate Professor Meg Rithmire in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit, led 45 students to China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka on a 13-day trip called “Asia - China’s Belt & Road Initiative.” In China, the students spent six days Shenzhen, Dongguan, Zhuhai, and Hong Kong. Students visited manufacturing factories, container ports, logistics centers, air cargo terminals, and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (the world’s longest sea crossing) to understand China’s role in the global supply chain. They also engaged in dialogue with local business leaders and operators about China’s Belt and Road Initiative and presented their findings to local company executives and HBS alumni.
  • DECEMBER 2019

HBS New Venture Competition Roadshow Event

On December 21, 2019, HBS Club of Shanghai organized a pitch competition to help young entrepreneurs in China to secure funding and connections in the region. The winning team will participate in the HBS 2020 Alumni New Venture Competition, Asia-Pacific Alumni Track. More than 80 private equity and venture capital investors attended the event. 13 teams, shortlisted from hundreds of applicants, pitched their business ideas to a panel of 15 judges. The top three teams were awarded a cash prize.

New Research on the Region

  • Forthcoming
  • Article
  • Studies in Comparative International Development

The Rise of the Investor State: State Capital in the Chinese Economy

By: Meg Rithmire and Hao Chen

The nature and extent of the role of the Chinese state in the economy is fundamental to many empirical and theoretical debates about that country’s political economy. We document and explain the rise of a novel form of intervention on the part of the Chinese state: the expansion of state capital beyond ownership of state firms. We argue that state investment as a mode of state intervention in the economy is conceptually distinct from both “state capitalism” and the “developmental state” in its introduction of new agents to distribute state capital to firms and new mechanisms through which states, especially authoritarian ones, monitor and influence business actors. We document the growth of the investor state in several ways. Case studies of three high-profile shareholding firms in China demonstrate that state capital can be deployed strategically, for example to respond to financial crisis or facilitate industrial upgrading, but also generates moral hazard, resulting in corruption and resource misallocation, and international alarm about the intentions of Chinese firms. We further compare the rise of state shareholding firms in China to similar phenomena in Brazil and Malaysia, concluding that the practice has both economic and political logics.

  • July 2020
  • Case

The Shuanghui-Smithfield Acquisition (A)

By: Dante Roscini and Stacy Tan

  • July 2020
  • Teaching Material

The Shuanghui-Smithfield Acquisition (B)

By: Dante Roscini and Stacy Tan

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