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A word from the Dean of London Business School

Professor Sir Andrew Likierman
Dean of London Business School

What does the future hold for China’s economy? This year’s China Business Forum will explore two emerging trends that appear to signal a shift in the sources of economic growth: increasing outbound investment and the rise of Chinese entrepreneurship.


Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the UK last year marks a milestone in what he termed a ‘golden era’ in relations between the two countries, spanning business, education, infrastructure and technology. I had the pleasure of meeting a number of the Chinese business delegates on the visit and shared with them the links London Business School is building with China in the spheres of business and education. A good example is the launch last year of the Global Masters in Management degree, jointly delivered by London Business School and FudanUniversity in Shanghai.


Now in its 4th year, the China Business Forum brings a new dimension to the collaboration between China and Britain. In addition to the one-day Forum, the expanded programme will include several other activities to help UK business people gain insight into the current Chinese business landscape, and for Chinese businesses seeking to tap into London’s exciting innovation opportunities.I look forward to your participation.

China 3.0: New engines for growth


Hard landing, a prolonged Japan-style recession, or simply shifting gears?

While the world debates what will happen next to China’s economy, several trends suggest the dragon has not yet run out of steam. Large sections of the private sector are flourishing. Innovation and entrepreneurialism is booming. The service sector is rapidly extending its global reach beyond China’s borders. What is the impact of China as a global investor? How will domestic innovation and entrepreneurship prompt a new phase of growth? China Business Forum 2016 brings together business leaders at the forefront of China’s transformation for an open dialogue to explore the following questions:


Topic 1. China’s impact as global investor

Chinese outbound investment first surpassed inbound investment in 2014, making China a net global investors for the first time in history. The UK was the top destination for M&A deals in 2014. While the overseas direct investment remains tilted towards infrastructure and resources, interest in technology, manufacturing, real estate, and entertainment have been fuelled by changing consumer dynamics in China.


What has been changed in the way that Chinese investors engage in global business?
How does President Xi’s visit to London in 2015 facilitate new outbound investment opportunities in UK?


Topic 2. Decoding growth in the home market

Chinese economy is undergoing a structural shift from a capital-intensive economy to a consumption-driven economy. By 2015, Chinese consumers account for more than 20 percent of the global luxury market. At a time of rapidly rising incomes, consumers behaviour evolves with a hallmark of a changing era.


Where is Chinese consumption heading after decades of economic growth ?
How do global luxury brands capture and address the growing consumer sophistication?
Does increased diversity of preferred brands creates opportunities for rising designer brands?


Topic 3. Chinese entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is flourishing in China. Premier Li Keqiang highlighted innovation and entrepreneurship as the growth engine for China in his speech at Summer Davos Forum in 2015. The rapidly growing middle class and mobile internet penetration, together with the need for domestic business giant to innovate, spur the entrepreneurial spirit in China.


How do established conglomerates adapt to the evolving market need and changing business landscape?
How top Chinese investors interpret the new wave of entrepreneurship in China?
What does global “Capital Winter” mean to the Chinese entrepreneurship scene?

We look forward to your participation and support!

2016 CBF Strategic Partners




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