SCPKU Summer Seminar: Chinese Corporations: A Case Study Workshop


The SCPKU summer workshop, "Chinese Corporations: A Case Study Workshop" led by Prof. Andrew Walder (Stanford) and Prof. Zheng Lu (Tsinghua) convened in Beijing on June 17th,  2019. A diverse student body from Stanford, Tsinghua, and Peking University meet three times each week for three weeks to do research on major Chinese corporations.

The 18 student participants in the workshop have their majors in social sciences, management, history, and engineering. Each Stanford student is paired with one Chinese-speaking partner to conduct in-depth case study on two major Chinese companies of their selection.

Each group selects two corporations, one state owned or controlled, the other private or of mixed ownership. Teams investigate the company's founding and history of expansion, including any restructuring, privatization, and listing on domestic or international stock exchanges. Of particular interest are the company’s structure of ownership and control, along with its business strategies. The comparison across state and nonstate owned corporations helps to understand the transformation of the country’s economy over the past 30 years and the inner workings of the Chinese model of development.


Selected Chinese corporations in study include: Huawei and Xiaomi (in telecom equipment and electronics); Greenland Holdings and China Vanke (in real estate); Tencent and JD (in social media and e-commerce); China Merchants Group and Cosco (in finance and shipping); Tsingdao Haier and the Midea Group (in appliances).  Course information can be found here.