12th China goes Global Conference - The Belt and Road Initiative: Global Perspective

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Call for Papers
October 24, 2017 to March 15, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Chinese History / Studies, Communication, Social Sciences, Public Policy

Call for Papers

12th China goes Global Conference

The Belt and Road Initiative: Global Perspective

June 18th-20th, 2018

emlyon business school, Shanghai, China

The 12th Annual China goes GlobalTM conference will be held in Shanghai, China. We encourage paper writers, panel presenters, book authors, professionals, representative of firms and PhD students researching China’s globalization to submit their work on our website (http://www.chinagoesglobal.org/conference/paper-submission).

China’s economic size and growth and prominence in today’s global institutions, political agreements, and economic development raise the need to examine how China affects the rest of the world and vice versa.  Particularly, we are interested in how Chinese movement of people, ideas, money and products affect other nations, industries and companies.  We seek multi-disciplinary, multi-method and multi-level studies on the globalization of China in general. 

As significant part of the world’s economy, trade, and investment regimes, China is a center of influence on geopolitics, world institutions, and global economic health. We seek to showcase research on the internationalization of China from multi-disciplinary perspectives, including political economy, business, sociology, the humanities and environmental studies. Previous conference attendees hailed from across the globe, mostly from the academy, but also from government, international institutions, and business sectors.

As in past years, several points of distinction will mark this year’s conference:

Special Issue: A special issue from the conference will be published by the International Journal of Emerging Markets, an Emerald journal that is indexed and ranked by Scopus and ABS. Articles from past Special Issues have achieved a high number of downloads and citations. (see: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=ijoem)

Keynoters: This year’s keynoters will be among the foremost experts in emerging markets. We will utilize both an academic and a practitioner to keynote.  For a list of previous keynoters, see: http://www.chinagoesglobal.org/past-conferences/previous-key-noters/

Doctoral consortium: a doctoral paper development program will be given to early career researchers, with the purpose of helping them publish the ideas/papers in a top peer-reviewed journal. A special pre-conference workshop on Methodologies and use of Data in Chinese studies will be offered as well.

Languages of Presentation. All the double-blind reviewed paper for Scholarly Program should be submitted in English. Professional Workshop for business leaders will be conducted in Chinese, with English translation.

Local Attractions: There will be some local tours to internationalizing companies and/or institutions. 

Awards: A number of awards will be given to recognize excellent contributions, including best paper award, best thematic award, best CGA community service award, best reviewer awards, best PhD paper award. The best paper awards will also confer on the recipients priority review to the International Journal of Emerging Markets.

As the premier conference in the field of China’s globalization, China goes Global© will continue its more than a decade-long effort to contribute to the scholarship on China’s globalization. Our call for papers includes, but is not limited, to the following topics:

Context & Theories

  • Theory, Research and Education on Chinese firm’s globalization
  • Globalization of Chinese Capital, Companies, and People
  • Geopolitics
  • Negotiation, Language, and Culture
  • Impact of Religion on Chinese Globalization


  • China Belt and Road Initiative
  • Chinese Investment in Europe and the USA
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: New Dynamics, New Synergies
  • China and Russia: Towards a New Strategic Direction
  • Chinese Companies in Latin America and Australia

Systems & Sectors

  • China and Energy Policy
  • China goes global by industries: Automobile, Finance, Telecommunication, Health Care, Service, etc.
  • The Role of Communication, Media and Public Relations

Management Issues

  • Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment, M&A
  • Resource, strategic asset and market seeking of Chinese MNCs
  • Corporate Governance in Chinese MNCs
  • Strategic HRM of Chinese MNCs
  • Supply chain management of Chinese MNCs
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics of Chinese MNCs

Specificity of Innovation Process

  • Upgrading processes of Chinese firms
  • Upgrading of Capabilities, Technology, and Strategic Assets
  • Education, University-Industry Partnerships and the Not-for-Profit sector
  • Chinese Small and Medium Enterprises and Entrepreneurship
  • “Made in China 2025”, “China A.I. by 2030” Policies and the National Innovation System

We accept electronic submissions only. Please submit your paper through our online submission system no later than March 15, 2018, U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Papers should follow the author style and referencing guide provided on the conference website. Paper not following the standards will be rejected. To ensure that your submissions are received and reviewed, please submit as EARLY as possible. By submitting a paper, all authors also agree to review up to 3 papers, and at least one author agrees to attend the conference.

Submission for Professional Workshop must to be received by May 25, 2018.

2018 Conference Committee

Dr. William Hua WANG, emlyon business School, France & China (Conference host)

Dr. Ilan ALON School of Business and Law, Universitetet i Agder, Norway

Dr. Christoph LATTEMANN, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

Dr. John R. MCINTYRE, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. Francesca SPIGARELLI, University of Macerata, Italy

Prof. Wenxian ZHANG, Rollins College, USA

Important Dates

Deadline for panel proposals: Nov. 15, 2017
Deadline for submission: March 15, 2018
Paper acceptance/rejection: April 15, 2018
Revised paper submission: May 1, 2018


Early bird registration due on May 1, 2018
Regular registration due on June 1, 2018


Contact Info: 

Wenxian Zhang, Professor

Rollins College, Box 2768

1000 Holt Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32789 USA


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