USF Launches China Business Studies Initiative

New Research Hub Links China to the Academic & Business Communities in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 7, 2014)

The University of San Francisco School of Management is launching the China Business Studies Initiative to promote knowledge through research and development focused on China and the globalization of Chinese businesses. To kick-off this new research endeavor, USF will host a conference on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in the Handlery Dining Room on Lone Mountain (2800 Turk Blvd.) to discuss the future of Chinese multinationals.

“China is the world’s second largest economy, and its global influence needs to be understood, not feared,” said Xiaohua Yang, director of the USF China Business Studies Initiative. “Chinese enterprises investing in the U.S. need to be guided, not shunned, and Chinese investment in the U.S. needs to be welcomed, not rejected.”

The Feb. 8 conference will include:

  • Keynote address by Jeff Wu, Chief Marketing Officer at Pactera, a Beijing-based IT consulting and outsourcing company
  • Panel discussion on The Future of Chinese Multinationals: The Next Decade. The panelists are:
  • Barry Doyle, USF School of Management
  • Darlene Chu, Executive Director, China SF
  • Robert E. Jones, Co-Founder and President of the EcoLinx Foundation
  • Jeff Leader, Government Affairs Consultant
  • William Wei, Executive Director of Institute of Asia Business Studies, MacEwan University

USF’s School of Management is an established center for the study of Chinese business, so it is the perfect home for this initiative. The goals of the new Chinese Business Studies Initiative include:

  • Bringing business leaders, government officials, and scholars together from around the world to discuss the globalization of Chinese business, and the opportunities and challenges it creates.
  • Promoting research on the globalization of Chinese business; the Initiative’s first major research project will be a joint study of Chinese enterprises in the US with the China General Chamber of Commerce.
  • Sponsoring symposia and conferences.
  • Linking USF and the greater San Francisco Bay Area to China.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with USF Professor Xiaohua Yang, please contact Anne-Marie Devine at 415.422.2697 or