China and the New Generation of Entrepreneurs: Is There a Lesson for Other Developing Countries?

October 11, 2018

Since the introduction of the open-door policy, and the shift away from extreme levels of state control of the economy, entrepreneurship in China has flourished. Throughout this presentation, the speaker reports on the state of entrepreneurship in China based on the findings of three academic research projects and 30 years of experience observing China. This presentation touches upon the promotion and results of entrepreneurship among China's rural population and the creation of an uber class and middle class. With some discussion about women and youth (university graduates) entrepreneurship, some potential future obstacles and implications for Pacific Rim developing nations will be discussed.


Dr. Majid Ghorbani is an Associate Professor at the Business School of Renmin University of China. Dr. Ghorbani's research interests are in three main areas of a) the effects of internationalization strategies of emerging market firms on innovation; b) the effect of diversity (women and migrants) on entrepreneurship and innovation; and c) the environmental impact of humans and firms. Since the late 1980s, he has studied, lived and worked in China. He has served as a consultant for various public, private and not-for-profit firms around the world for many years including working for the United Nations Development Programme and World Food Programme in China for several years.

About the Pacific Region Forum

The David Lam Centre draws on academic, business, and government resources, to provide opportunities at Pacific Region Forum events for reporting, analyzing, discussing and debating strategies for articulating relationships within and between businesses and their environments in North America and East and Southeast Asia.

Themes related to potential intercultural continuities and divergences are explored with a view to advancing the consonance and compatibility between corporate and social relationships and cultural values across the Pacific and within North America. This Forum is organized by Professor Rosalie L. Tung, Ming and Stella Wong Professor, International Business at SFU Beedie School of Business.


Thursday, October 11, 2018


SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver