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 China-UK 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.
Our first research project now underway is examining the 'International Digital Economy and Governance', with an initial focus on governance issues in developing e-commerce and mobile payments along the Belt and Road.
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.
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.
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.