The world has been coming to China in an increasing rate since the days of Deng Xiaoping and the opening of the countrys doors in 1978. Since then, Chinas rise to economic and political power has been nothing less than historic. Chinas 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 Chinas 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 held for the first time in 2007 at Rollins College. Between 2008 and 2012 the conferences were hosted by the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, in partnership with the Rollins College, College of Professional Studies and the China Center of Rollins College, the Jacobs University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). In 2013 the conference was organized and held at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.
The 2014 conference will be held in Shanghai, China