Call for Contributions - Huawei Goes Global: Made in China for the World


Recognized by Fortune as one of the world’s most admired companies and by BusinessWeek as one of the most influential companies on the planet, Chinese firm Huawei is the largest telecommunications-equipment manufacturer in the world. Starting from its humbling beginning as a telephone switch maker in 1987, former People’s Liberation Army engineer Zhengfei Ren has built Huawei into a technology giant that has its products and services reached more than 170 countries. Huawei has become one of the most powerful Chinese companies in the global economy, and its phenomenal growth is a fascinating chapter of the globalization of Chinese enterprises in the twenty-first century. However, Huawei has been facing tremendous challenges around the globe, including cybersecurity concerns, intellectual property right and espionage allegations, and economic sanction controversies. In recent years especially in the United States, the company has experienced a period of turbulence and defeat, and the future success of Huawei in the developed nations has increasingly been questioned.


To understand Huawei is to understand contemporary China. The world needs much more comprehensive examinations of its business environment and global operations. Accordingly, we are seeking far-reaching analyses by scholars from China, as well Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States, and the proposed book will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020. Please note that we are seeking neither hagiography nor condemnation but critical and balanced studies on the globalization of Huawei. The central focus of our undertaking is to examine China’s technology giant from economic, political, and international business perspectives, and a great emphasis will be on the current challenges and controversies faced by Huawei, as well as its corporate strategies and future directions. If you are interested, please send proposed chapter title, a CV, and descriptive abstract to the following email addresses (by June 7, 2019). If accepted, your proposed chapter should be 5,000-6,000 words in length, completed within six months. Depending on the proposed topic, we will decide about acceptance within 20 days; afterwards, we can follow up with necessary paperwork on consent forms, reference guidelines, etc.


Thank you in advance, let us know if you have further questions.


Wenxian Zhang [log in to unmask]

Ilan Alon [log in to unmask]

Christoph Lattemann [log in to unmask]



Ilan Alon, Ph.D.

Professor of Strategy and International Marketing

School of Business & Law

University of Agder






Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Emerging Markets

Editor-in-Chief, European Journal of International Management

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