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TMCD Distinguished Guest Seminar

Innovation Capabilities of Chinese Companies: 3 phases of Evolution

TMCD's visiting fellow Prof Bruce McKern will deliver a talk on 'Innovation Capabilities of Chinese Companies: 3 phases of Evolution'.

The event will take place at Said Business School. The seminar room will be confirmed shortly.


Dr. Bruce McKern is Visiting Professor of International Business at CEIBS. He was a fulltime Professor of International Business at CEIBS from March, 2011 to June 2013 and Co-Director of the CEIBS Centre on China Innovation. He is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, where he is researching the strategies of emerging multinationals and writing a book on innovation in China.

Dr. McKern was the Director of the Stanford Sloan Master's Programme in the Stanford University Graduate School of Business from 2001 to 2007. At Stanford he taught International Business, Global Context of Management, the Sloan Leadership Seminar and New World Global Business. Dr McKern gained a BE in Chemical Engineering with Honours at the University of Sydney and a Doctorate in International Business at Harvard University. His research interests focus on the strategies of international corporations from developing countries; and the innovation strategies of Chinese companies and MNCs in China. His most recent publication on this topic was: “Innovation in emerging markets – the case of China” in International Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. 9 No. 1 2014 (with George Yip). 

He is an authority on the international minerals industry and the author or editor of eight books including Transnational Corporations in the Exploitation of Natural Resources (United Nations and Routledge, 1993) and Managing the Global Network Corporation (Routledge, 2003). He has published in academic and professional journals on multinational enterprise, industrial development, and international business, and is the author of a number of recent case studies in the field of international business, distributed by Stanford University and the Harvard Business School.

Dr McKern’s early work was concerned with explaining foreign investment and industrial structure in the global minerals industry. His most recent research was on the sharing of responsibilities between the corporate centre and strategic business units in diversified international corporations, published in Managing the Global Network Corporation. He is currently working on the globalisation of firms based in rapidly developing economies, as a Visiting Fellow with Stanford's Hoover Institution.

Dr. McKern has served as dean of two Australian business schools. He was Founding Professor of Management and first Director of Macquarie University's Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia; and President and Dean of the Monash Mt Eliza Business School, Melbourne, later merged with Melbourne Business School. 

He was Professor of International Business and President of the Carnegie Bosch Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, from 1993 to 1996, and Visiting Professor of International Business in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, from 1989 to 1992, where he taught the international business elective course. He was Director of the Stanford Executive Programme in 1992 and in 2001 he was named Director of the Sloan Master’s Programme at Stanford, which he led until 2007.

Dr McKern has been a Visiting Professor at INSEAD, IMD, other European and U.S. management schools and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations and OECD, as a board member of the National Gallery Society of Victoria, the Australian Government’s National Multicultural Advisory Council, and a member of the Ministerial Inquiry into Postgraduate Education in the Australian Defence Force.

He was a Council Member of the US-Korea Institute (Washington, D.C.) and a Member of the Academic Council of the Prague International Business School (Czech Republic). He is currently a member of the Academy of International Business, the Strategic Management Society and the Editorial Board of Management International Review.

Dr McKern holds an appointment as Honorary Professor of International Business at the University of Sydney, where he directs the Silicon Valley Module of the University’s Executive MBA Programme and a module of the MBA.

He is a highly- rated instructor on executive programmes in innovation and strategy for MNCs, Chinese companies and State-Owned Enterprises and a commentator in the Chinese and international media and public speaker on issues of MNC strategy and innovation in China.