A University of Birmingham business expert has launched a major new book which could kick-start research and debate around how talented Chinese professionals and entrepreneurs are returning to help shape the economic future of China and the wider world.

Dr Yipeng Liu from the Birmingham Business School joined Prof. Huiyao Wang, Counselor for China State Council, the Founder and President of Center for China and Globalization (CCG), a top independent global think tank in Beijing, to co-edit ‘Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective – Global Returnees’.

The book was launched at a special workshop, held at Birmingham Business School, which attracted guest academic speakers from Italy, Denmark and the UK.


Organisations across the world are increasingly competing to acquire the best talent as they seek to gain advantage over their rivals. The book discusses return migration and its impact on Chinese economic development. It also compares this phenomenon with what is happening in France, Italy, South Korea and the USA.

Dr Liu, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, said: “We believe this book will make an important contribution to kick-starting research and debate around the influence of talented people and entrepreneurs on regional economic development, particularly innovation and job creation.

“We compare global talent management on an international level as we study how talent mobility contributes to economic development. This has major implications for economic policy - entrepreneurs, managers and policymakers will benefit from the work gathered here.”

Dr Liu organised yesterday’s launch event, which was sponsored by the University of Birmingham’s China Institute, the Enterprise & Diversity Cluster and China Cluster.

Among others, it featured contributions from Professor Shahamak Rezaei, from Roskilde University, Denmark, Professor Daniela Baglieri, from the University of Messina, Italy, Yin Mon Myinti,  from the University of Cambridge, and Dr Bin Wu from the University of Nottingham. There were also representatives from the Chinese Community Centre Birmingham and Birmingham local entrepreneurs.

Introducing the event, Professor Simon Collinson, Dean of Birmingham Business School, said: “Talent is mobile and if we fail to map its movement we lose out. The speed and scope of change in China is unbelievable and it is great to see the University of Birmingham leading the charge to help understand this important area.”




1) Dr Yipeng Liu  addresses the launch workshop, 2) Dr Yipeng Liu (left) with Prof. Simon Collinson, Dean of Birmingham Business School and Prof. Zhibing Zhang , Deputy Director of the University of Birmingham’s China Institute

Notes to Editors

  • The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 4,000 international students from nearly 150 countries.
  • ‘Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective – Global Returnees’ is published by Edward Elgar Publishing, based in Cheltenham, UK. More information can be found here: http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/entrepreneurship-and-talent-management-from-a-global-perspective

For more information or interviews, please contact Tony Moran, International Communications Manager, University of Birmingham on +44 (0) 121 414 8254 or  +44 (0)782 783 2312