IDD Guest seminar podcast: Corporate influence on institutional development in an emerging economy: The case of China

Speaker: Professor John Child, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham

This seminar examines the role of large corporations in shaping institutional development, with particular reference to China. Although institutions are potentially powerful actors in the Chinese business environment, reflecting considerable control by government and Party, there has been scope for non-Chinese corporations to influence the development of their regulations and policies.

Empirical insights are drawn primarily from the case of Yantian International Containers Ltd (YICT), and to a lesser extent from an earlier study of environmental protection policies affecting the chemicals industry. Established in 1993, YICT is now the largest container terminal in China, with a majority non-Mainland ownership which is unique for a major infrastructural facility. Its management has played a leading role in shaping many port-related policies in China, including the role of regulatory authorities such as customs, frontier inspection and quarantine which directly impinge on port operations.  An understanding of this process requires a political perspective recognizing the role of legitimacy, mobilization and power within relational frameworks between firms and institutional agencies.

John Child is Professor of Commerce at the University of Birmingham and Visiting Professor at Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou.  He received his PhD and ScD from the University of Cambridge.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, the British Academy of Management, and an Honorary Member of the European Group for Organizational Studies. He has  worked  mainly  on  organization  theory,  strategic  choice,  management  in  China,  strategic alliances, internationalization of SMEs, and new organizational forms. He is currently leading a six-nation study on the internationalization of SMEs.   

The International Development Department hosts a number of seminars throughout the year which focuses on a number of different topics. The seminars are open to everyone. View the full list of IDD Guest Seminar Series 2014/15.