China Initiative


Quy Huy 
Professor of Strategy
The Solvay Chaired Professor of Technological Innovation


Our Vision

INSEAD’s China Initiative is a thought leader on the myriad challenges and opportunities encountered by Chinese companies and senior executives as well as foreign businesses operating, or planning to operate, in China. The Initiative’s knowledge creation enables global professionals to navigate the ever-changing business landscape successfully.

Our Mission

Our primary objective is to enhance INSEAD research and teaching on China, specifically by studying leadership, strategic change and innovation in China.

Our Priorities

Develop research examining the China business landscape; facilitate and promote academic exchanges as well as academic-corporate collaborations through annual conferences and field trips.

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Past Events

Seminar Series "Strategic Orientation for Sustained Profitable Growth in China ", 10 June 2022

Sustained profitable growth is the ultimate strategic goal for all public companies worldwide. While achieving sustained growth or profit is challenging, it is far more daunting to pursue profitable growth over time.

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INSEAD Thought Leadership Webinar "China's Role in Africa: Boon or Bane?", 1 December 2021

China has become a major economic force in Africa and maintains its most significant overseas military base on the continent. Interpretations of its engagement have ranged from China as a force for good for the continent, to China as a neo-colonial presence, intent on using "debtbook diplomacy" to subjugate Africa. Session moderated by Prof. Michael Witt.

INSEAD China Technology Day, 25 November 2021

China's technology sector has seen remarkable growth in the past few decades. Its digital economy is now worth around 30% of its GDP, providing significant opportunities for both domestic and international players.

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Seminar Series "Walking on the Edge: How Chinese Social Enterprises Navigate Paradoxical Demands", 2 June 2021

Stakeholders are increasingly demanding companies to pursue profits responsibly. The tension between profits and purpose is most evident in social enterprises that strive to address wicked social problems through market means.

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INSEAD Chinese Cultural Week Presents "China's Digital Revolution", 17 May 2021

As supported by the China Initiative, Prof. Wesley Koo joined a panel of experts and industry practitioners to share insights on China's digital revolution. The digital economy size in China surged from less than 15% of GDP in 2007 to 33% in 2017, and the IMF forecasts growth to reach 50% by 2025. How did China's digital sectors grow so quickly? Where is the trend heading towards for the future?

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Seminar Series "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: MNEs (and INSEAD) in the New Cold War", 16 April 2021

In enhancing INSEAD's research and teaching on China, the presentation by Prof. Michael Witt to the INSEAD community was held successfully on 16 April, and it was well received by faculty, PhD students and staff.

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Virtual Academic Conference "Organisational Innovation in a Deglobalised World", 26 - 27 March 2021

Organisational innovation is a topic of critical interest and strategic importance to businesses worldwide. The goal of the annual conference is to foster fast-paced exchange of diverse perspectives on how to foster organisational innovation among a select group of international scholars and executives.

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China Business Dialogue 2020 "Emerging Opportunity in China Post COVID-19", 30 May 2020

The INSEAD China Business Dialogue series started in 2017 and serves as a platform to connect China's business leaders with leading academics and global strategy thinkers. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues its rampage around the world, concerns increase about future recovery scenarios for both businesses and investors. Given its size, China’s economy is an importance reference point for leaders everywhere to revitalize the global economy in an unpredictable future.

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Field Trip to Hangzhou, China, 5 - 9 November 2019

Launched in July 2019, the China Initiative endeavours to enable INSEAD to research and better engage with China, which is now the second largest economy in the world. With the goal of enhancing INSEAD research and teaching on China, the Initiative will specifically enable faculty and researchers to investigate leadership, strategic change and innovation in China. In November 2019, a field trip was organised to study Alibaba ecosystems in Hangzhou.

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Advisory Board


Guoli Chen

Professor of Strategy, INSEAD


Rose Luo

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD

Weiru Chen

Associate Professor of Strategy, CEIBS

The Team


Quy Huy

Academic Director

Zhixing Xiao

Distinguished Fellow

Wai Yee Fong

Executive Assistant



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