Chinese Multinationals going Global: Strategies and Challenges

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 2:00 PM


Over the past decade many Chinese enterprises have expanded their operations overseas, becomes substantive players in several in industries and host country. This talk will explore the strategies that these Chinese companies pursue to catch up with global industry leaders, focusing in particular on processes of learning about international business operations, and the acquisition of strategic assets overseas. It will also explore differences in these strategies between the first wave of overseas investments by state enterprises that still dominate many sectors in China, and the second wave led by private companies in a wide range of manufacturing sectors. Despite the impressive acceleration of outward investments, Chinese multinationals face considerable challenges managing their overseas operations, especially acquired business unit. The talk will thus conclude by outlining these operational and cross-cultural challenges, and discuss approaches to managing them.


Dr. Klaus E. Meyer, China Europe International Business School

Dr. Klaus E. Meyer joined CEIBS in 2011 as Professor of Strategy and International Business. He teaches in the areas of Strategic Management, International Business, Global Strategy, and Business in Emerging Markets. He previously taught at the University of Bath, University of Reading, Copenhagen Business School, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as well as National Cheng-chi University in Taipei. He graduated with a PhD from London Business School.

Dr. Meyer’s research focuses on strategies of multinational enterprises in emerging economies. He is in particular interested in how firms adapt their business strategies to the specific conditions prevailing in each emerging economy. He has thus investigated foreign investor's choice of entry mode and foreign acquisitions in transition economies. Recent research investigates multinational enterprises originating from emerging economies such as China, focusing in particular on how the home country context shapes the strategies of international growth. His work has been published in over 50 scholarly articles in journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and Strategic Management Journal, and he authored five books, including with Mike Peng the textbook “International Business” (Cengage Learning, 2011).

Dr. Meyer has been elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB), and is currently also the Vice President of the AIB with responsibility for the 2014 annual conference in Vancouver, Canada. Moreover, he serves as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Management and Organization Review, and as Consulting Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies.

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2–3:30 pm, January 30, 2014

SFU at Harbour Centre (room 2270)
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
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