Upcoming Conference

The 2017 China Goes Global Conference will be held at University of Agder
School of  Business and Law, Kristiansand, Norway on 15-17 June, 2017.

As in the past years we will have high quality keynote speakers at our conference. The 2017 keynoter will be  David Zweig (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Helge Aasen (Elkem) and Jingzhou Tao (Dechert LLP) .



David Zweig (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1983, Harvard Post-doc, 1984-85) is Chair Professor of Social Science, and Director of the Center on China’s Transnational Relations at HKUST (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology). His research interests include China’s “resource diplomacy,” China’s human resources and talent, Chinese politics and political economy, Sino-American relations, and Hong Kong Politics. His research grants include “Resource Diplomacy under Hegemony” (Research Grants Council of HK (RGC), 2010–13), “Hong Kong People on the Mainland: A Force for Integration?” (Central Policy Unit, HK Government, 2007–09), and most recently, “Coming Home: Reverse Migration of Entrepreneurs and Academics in India and Turkey in Light of the Chinese Experience,” RGC (HK), 2015-17. He won the Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship, RGC of Hong Kong in 2013-2014. His most influential book is Internationalizing China: Domestic Interests and Global Linkages (Cornell University Press, 2002), while has just completed editing a new book, Sino-U.S. Energy Triangles: Resource Diplomacy under Hegemony, which is coming out in paperback from Routledge in December 2016. He is currently working on a book on reverse migration of highly skilled talent to China.

Helge Aasen was appointed chief executive officer of Elkem AS in April 2009. He has broad experience from various business areas in Elkem, within operations, as well as sales, marketing and commercial positions. Mr. Aasen started his career in Elkem in July 1990. Previous experience includes engineering work in Norsk Ferro AS, part of Norsk Jern Holding. Mr. Aasen holds a Master’s degree in process metallurgy from the Technical University in Trondheim (NTNU) and has completed the IMD programme for executive directors in Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2011, Mr Aasen has been a member of the board of China National Bluestar Company, the owner of Elkem.
Elkem is a company that produces solar grade silicon, silicon, alloys for the foundry industry, carbon and microsilica. Elkem is owned by China National Bluestar Group Co. Ltd. (Bluestar), which bought the company from Orkla Group for 2 billion USD in 2011. The deal excluded 85 percent of the sister company Elkem Energi AS.
The company serves the construction, transport, engineering, packaging, aluminium, chemical and electronic industries. Elkem has 13 factories in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.

Jingzhou Tao is the Managing Partner at Dechert LLP responsible for developing the firm’s Asian practice. He has almost 30 years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies on China-related matters. His areas of practice include international mergers and acquisitions, arbitration, and corporate work. Jingzhou has represented major Chinese, European, Japanese, and American companies in hundreds of transactions in China on such matters as merger and acquisition; tax planning; strategic alliances; and intellectual property protection. He has acted as counsel, chief arbitrator or party nominated arbitrator in over a hundred international arbitration proceedings involving merger and acquisition, letters of credit, construction projects, management contracts, joint ventures, tax planning, strategic alliances, technology transfers, trademark licensing agreements, agency agreements, and international sales of goods.


Conference Background

The world has been coming to China in an increasing rate since the days of Deng Xiaoping and the opening of the country’s doors in 1978. Since then, China’s rise to economic and political power has been nothing less than historic. China’s rise has corresponded with its global ambitions. It hosted the Olympic Games in 2008 and organized the 2010 World Expo. China is the most populous nation in the world, the second largest economy in purchasing power terms, third largest trader, and gaining ground in foreign direct investments and M&A, and international resource acquisitions. The development of the Chinese MNC is a new feature of globalization, one that will undoubtedly change the geopolitical landscape. The China Goes Global research initiative investigates some emerging questions related to China’s globalization: Why do Chinese firms internationalize, how do they do so, and what is the impact of Chinese firms and institutions internationalization on other nations?

Until now, there are only a few publications focusing on the expansion and activities of Chinese firms abroad. With the China Goes Global (TM), initiative, Jacobs University, Rollins College, Harvard University and Georgia Tech (CIBER) conduct a collaborative research program to analyze the structure and the inherent problems of this topic, and to give answers to these questions from a variety of stakeholder perspectives – corporate, governmental and non-governmental decision makers as well as researchers.

The conference was first held in 2006 at Rollins College. Then, for the next 6 years it was held in Harvard University. China goes Global went global in 2013 (Jacobs University, German), 2014 (Shanghai JiaoTong, China), 2015 (Georgia Tech, USA), and 2016 (University of Macerata, Italy). In 2017, China goes Global will be for the first time in Scandinavia and the 11th annual conference will be held at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.

Best papers are given the chance to be published in the International Journal of Emerging Markets, a Scopus ranked journal by Emerald. Selected papers will also be published as chapters in a book.

In addition to insightful ideas, the conference also includes a reception, a performance, and great people and scholars with whom you can network. To join us on linkedin, go to (Chinese Globalization Association). Join us on Facebook.