Global issues research
Our interdisciplinary research projects examine the dynamics of China’s integration into global institutions, business and the global economy, and the changing international role of contemporary China as an important party to emerging global issues including population, the environment, and the implementation of new technologies.
The UK-China Global Issues Dialogue Centre's independent research draws on the expertise of members of Jesus College, the University of Cambridge and the wider global research community.
Current research projects
China’s digital transformation
This research project seeks to gain a better understanding of the digital transformation underway in China and its implications for her economy, culture and society.
Conducted in partnership with the Intellectual Forum at Jesus College, the project focuses on three broad research questions:
- The antecedents of digital innovation and the rise of the digital economy in China;
- The impacts of China’s digital transformation on her economy, society and culture;
- The implications for the global competitiveness of Chinese companies and China’s changing role in the world.
Data Ethics and Multinational Technology Companies
This research project explores how executives and employees at technology companies, policymakers, lawyers, and for tech entrepreneurs should think about the issues of data ethics that are arising from their increasingly global activities.
Our first results are presented in this Data Ethics discussion paper.
The Centre is committed to promoting dialogue through the dissemination of its research and the results of its activities to a wide audience.
Recent published works
- “Building and Leveraging Dynamic Capabilities: Insights from Accelerated Innovation in China”, Global Strategy Journal, 6(3), 2016, pp. 197–210. P. J. Williamson.
- “An alternative benchmark for the validity of China’s GDP growth statistics”, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 2018, 16(2): 171-191. P.J Williamson, S. Hoenderop and J. Hoenderop.
- “Emerging market multinationals and the concept of ownership advantages”, International Journal of Emerging Markets, 2018, 13(3): 557-567. P.J. Williamson and F. Wan.
- "The role of suppliers in enabling differing innovation strategies of competing multinationals from emerging and advanced economies: German and Chinese automotive firms compared." Technovation, 2018, 70–71: 46-58. P. Hertenstein and P.J. Williamson.
- How Real are the Opportunities for Multinationals in China? The Oxford Handbook of Management in Emerging Markets, 2018 P. J. Williamson and F. Wan.
- "Enabling cost innovation by non-traditional organizational processes: the case of Chinese firms." Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2019, 139: 352-361. F. Wan, P.J. Williamson and E. Yin.
- "Rivalry between emerging-market MNEs and developed-country MNEs: Capability holes and the race to the future." Business Horizons, 2019, 62: 157-169. R. Ramamurti & P.J. Williamson.
- "MNE liability of foreignness versus local firm-specific advantages: The case of the Chinese management software industry." International Business Review, 2020, 29(1): 1-10. F. Wan, P.J. Williamson and N.R. Pandit.
Press and media
- “Britain's Prince's Trust charity refuses to accept Huawei donations”, China Daily, 25th January 2019.
- “Huawei should focus on key supporters, observers say”, China Daily, 24th January 2019.
- “Chinese companies look to invest in UK”, China Daily, 18th January 2019.
- “As in the past, integration key to the future”, The Telegraph, 24th December 2018.
- “Se quer expandir o seu negócio tem de estar na China”, Economica, Portugal 4th December 2018.