The 4th East China University of Science and Technology - University of San Francisco International Symposium:


Foreign Direct Investment from Emerging Market Economies in an Era of Global Uncertainty


Date: May 25-26, 2019

Location:  Shanghai, P.R. China


Currently, the international economic structure is undergoing tremendous changes. On one hand, anti-globalization sentiment and subsequent protectionism keep rising across the developed economies. The protectionist trade policies of United States, and the China-US trade war in particular, are causing the world economic system to undergo turbulent adjustments and hindering foreign direct investment from emerging market countries. On the other hand, emerging market countries have also strengthened supervision of transnational capital flows to avoid capital loss and cross-border arbitrage activities. These factors together determine that investors from emerging market countries cannot follow the conventional model of the past and instead, must search for a new path for future investment.

    Take China as an example. As the Chinese government tightens its control over overseas investment, China’s outbound foreign direct investment in 2017 fell by 30% from the previous year. Under the influence of trade protection policy, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) rejected more than $2 billion in acquisitions in the first five months of 2018. Affected by the above factors, Chinese companies sold about $9.6 billion of US assets in the first five months of 2018. The total investment in the US was only $1.8 billion, down 92% from the same period in 2017 (Rhodium Group, 2018). The frustration over investment in the United States and the government’s control over cross-border investment have led Chinese companies to seek new investment opportunities. According to the statistics of the Ministry of Commerce of China, in the first half of 2018, the value of Chinese companies' mergers and acquisitions in Europe increased by 40%, which is 4.5 times the amount of US mergers and acquisitions. At the same time, Chinese companies' M&A transactions in the “One Belt One road” countries amounted to 43 cases, accounting for 20.8% of the total transactions in the same period; the newly added investment in the “One Belt One road” countries was $7.4 billion, rising 12% year-on-year and reaching a total of 12.9% in the same period. The direction of China's foreign direct investment is quietly changing.

    Similarly, in the context of global change, other emerging market economies are also facing the same foreign direct investment choices. So, what changes have occurred in foreign direct investment in emerging market countries, industries and enterprises? What lies behind these changes? How should the strategy of foreign direct investment in emerging market countries be adjusted? What will be the direction of foreign direct investment in emerging market countries in the future? These issues need to be extensively discussed and answered.

    Given these gaps, the Institute of Management and Organization, School of Business, ECUST, together with the Chinese Business Studies Initiative (CBSI), School of Management at University of San Francisco, will launch their 4th international symposium on May 25 - 26, 2019. This symposium will provide a platform for sharing ideas and insights among scholars and business executives in terms of current and future research on these issues. During this two-day symposium, various sessions including paper presentations, keynote speeches, and academic and industry panel discussions will be organized. Scholars, business executives, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers are invited to join us in the discussion.


    This symposium aims to provide a platform for both scholars and practitioners to share ideas. Any topics related to foreign direct investment and emerging market multinationals are encouraged and appreciated here. 

Keynote Speakers (updating…)

Mike W. Peng             University of Texas at Dallas


Submission Guidelines

    We invite scholars to present research and identify questions that concern foreign direct investment from emerging market multinationals. Your submission must include a 1-2 page extended abstract with the following components (where relevant):

·        Purpose

·        Design/methodology/approach

·        Findings

·        Research limitations/implications

·        Practical implications

Important Dates

Symposium Date: May 25 and 26, 2019

Registration Deadline: April 30, 2019


Registration fee: 600 or US$100 (400 or US$ 60, for students)

Account payee: 033296-08017003862

Payee: East China University of Science and Technology

Bank of deposit: Caoxi branch, Shanghai, The Agricultural Bank of China

Remittance remarkName+University+SchoolPlease be sure to indicate!)


Contact Information

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Conference Chairs 

Haifeng Yan                East China University of Science and Technology

Xiaohua Yang             University of San Francisco

The Planning Committees (in alphabetical order of surnames)

Taotao Chen

Qsinghua University

Manli Huang

South China University of Technology

Donghong Li

Qsinghua University

Lei Li

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Weiwen Li

Sun Yat-Sen University

Yu Li

University of International Business and Economics

Jane W. Lu

China Europe International Business School

Ping Lv

University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Gloria Ge

Griffith University Business School

Yimin Wang

Shandong University

Bing Wu

East China University of Science and Technology

Jianzu Wu

Lanzhou University

Xianming Wu

Wuhan University

Hongming Xie

Zhejiang University of Technology

Xiaojun Xu

Fudan University

Gracy (J.Y.) YANG

University of Sydney

Xiao Zhang

Nanjing University

Qinqin Zheng

Fudan University

Program Chairs

Bing Wu                      East China University of Science and Technology

Liang Wang                 University of San Francisco

Program Committees

Yi Ke                            East China University of Science and Technology

Haibo Zhou                  East China University of Science and Technology

Qihu Wang                   East China University of Science and Technology

Qiong Wu                     East China University of Science and Technology

Molin Wang                  East China University of Science and Technology

Roger Chen                 University of San Francisco

Matt Monnot             University of San Francisco


Best Wishes!
Xiaohua Yang, Ph.D. 杨小华博士
Professor of International Business 国际工商管理终身教授
Director, China Business Studies Initiative 中国企业管理研究所所长
Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategy
School of Management
University of San Francisco 旧金山大学商学院
2130 Fulton St, Malloy Hall 241
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: 415-422-4330

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