2nd CBSI International Conference on

China Innovation and Global Integration:

Silicon Valley and Beyond



China Business Studies Initiative, University of San Francisco

School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Peking University

Department of International Science and Technology Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology of China


Conference Local Organizer:

World Federation of Overseas Chinese Associations

Date: May 17-19, 2017

Location: Beijing, China

Submission Deadline: January 25, 2017



In 2015, China reported a 6.9 percent GDP growth, its lowest in 25 years.  The slowing growth of the world’s second-largest economy is a challenging puzzle to solve for business leaders, policy makers, and scholars around the world. With the two traditional forces of China’s economic growth (low-cost labor force and heavy capital investment) losing steam, can China’s economic miracle be sustained for the foreseeable future?  And if so, how?


Innovation and entrepreneurship are viewed as the keys to boosting China’s economic growth.   According to McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), China needs innovation to generate a 2 to 3 percent increase in annual GDP in order to maintain a 5.5 to 6.5 percent increase in annual GDP in the next decade.  If this innovation is successfully implemented, it would be responsible for contributing as much as $3 trillion to $5 trillion per year to GDP by 2025.  These statistics are the reasons behind China’s recent initiative of promoting “mass entrepreneurship and innovation by all” (大众创业万众创新) as the national strategy for the economic restructuring of China, a policy that echoes the “indigenous innovation” (自主创新) policy utilized in the past to improve Chinese industry. 


Further integration into the global economy is another key for China’s growth.  Guided by the “Go Out Policy”, a strategy that promotes Chinese investments abroad, China's outbound foreign direct investment (OFDI) exceeded inbound foreign direct investment (IFDI) for the first time in 2014.  According to the Rhodium Group, Chinese firms invested a record $15.7 billion in the USA in 2015, a 30% increase from last year, with privately owned Chinese companies comprising 84% of total investments. Additionally, China revealed its “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) strategy, which aims to integrate geographically connected countries in Eurasia. The OBOR strategy also aims to absorb China’s production overcapacity via the land-based “Silk Road Economic Belt” (SREB), as well as the oceangoing “Maritime Silk Road” (MSR).


How will Chinese innovation and global integration change China and the world? What are the opportunities and threats for organizations and individuals, both inside and outside China? How should governments, corporations, and global institutions respond in order to make China and the rest of the world a better place for the next generation? These are the questions concerning policy makers, business leaders and scholars.


In an effort to answer some of these questions, the China Business Studies Initiative (CBSI) at the University of San Francisco launched its first international conference focusing on Chinese multinationals in the USA in 2015. The conference provided a unique, interactive forum for practitioners and researchers to discuss issues, share knowledge and insights, evaluate the impacts of current policies, and set research agendas. Building upon the success of the inaugural conference, we are pleased to announce the 2nd CBSI international conference. We invite submissions of academic papers, case studies, and practitioner perspectives.


Topics of special interest:


·         Innovation by Chinese multinationals inside & outside of China

·         Venture capital/angel investments from China & towards China

·         China’s “Mass entrepreneurship and innovation” strategy

·         China’s “One Belt One Road” strategy & global economy

·         Technology transfers and reverse knowledge transfer between Chinese multinationals and the host country

·         M&A of Chinese firms in the foreign market: challenges and opportunities

·         Challenges of global integration: cultural, institutional, regulatory and legal issues.

·         Image: managing skepticism toward China’s innovation

·         Politics: managing conflicts and relationships with local and national governmental entities

·         Adapting managerial practices to the overseas market

·         Marketing Chinese brands across the globe

·         CSR philosophy and practices and community engagement performance in Chinese multinationals

·         Human Resources: Recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining overseas talent in Chinese multinationals

·         Cross-cultural differences between China and other parts of the world

·         Organizational Behavior and innovation within the Chinese context

·         The social and psychological dynamics of Chinese entrepreneurship

·         Understanding individual and organizational constraints of employee creativity in China

·         Chinese overseas investment in real estates & hotels and Chinese tourists

·         Chinese innovation/integration in Global energy and sustainability practices

·         Other related topics


These topics are examples, not restrictions; submissions on any topic that relates directly to the theme of China Innovation & Global Integration are welcomed.


Participation & Submission Guidelines:


We invite scholars, business leaders, policy makers, and other interested individuals and organizations to join the conference as an interactive forum for practitioners and researchers to discuss the issues concerning Chinese Innovation & Global Integration.  We hold equal emphasis for both academic and practical orientation.


For scholars, the conference aims to provide an opportunity to present research, connect with practitioners, and identify questions concerning practitioners. We invite submissions of both academic papers and case studies. Case study submissions should include a 2~3-page abstract on case triangle (Theory, Context and Business Situation, and Learning Objectives). Participants with complete case studies and teaching notes will have the opportunity to have their work recommended to publishers, such as Ivey Publishing. Academic paper submission should include a 2~3-page extended abstract with the following components (where applicable):


·         Purpose

·         Design/methodology/approach

·         Findings

·         Research limitations/implications

·         Practical implications (every abstract is expected to include a minimum of a half page of this component)

·         Originality/value


Please follow the style guide of Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) for general formatting, as well as the providing of references.


For practitioners, the conference aims to provide an opportunity to present concerns and questions on China Innovation & Global Integration, to share the best practices, and to access knowledge found in academic research. Practitioner submissions are encouraged, but not required, to follow the standard academic format. (A brief one-page summary of questions, concerns, and/or best practices should suffice.)


Best Paper Awards & Publication Opportunities:


All accepted submissions will be included in the conference proceedings, unless advised otherwise. The Best Paper Award will be presented to the individual(s) judged by the conference committee at the end of the conference. Authors who wish to have their papers considered for the best paper award should submit full papers following the JIBS guidelines by the submission date. The conference is partnering with an international journal to compile a special issue reflecting the theme of the conference. The author(s) of articles presented will be invited to submit their work to the special issue. The author(s) of cases presented will be invited to have their work submitted to Ivey Publishing.




Important Dates:


Submission Deadline:

January 25, 2017

Notice of Acceptance:

February 25, 2017

Early Bird Registration:

March 10, 2017

Conference Dates:

May 17-19, 2017



Contact Information


Abstracts and panel proposals should be submitted to:


For additional information and questions, please visit the www.cbsiconference.com or email [log in to unmask].

Dr. Liang Wang

Assistant Professor
Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy
School of Management
University of San Francisco
China Business Studies Initiative (CBSI) Executive Board member
2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. 94117-1080
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