MIT Sloan Action Learning

China Lab Faculty

Yasheng Huang

Yasheng Huang

International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business
Professor of Global Economics and Management and Associate Dean for International Programs and Action Learning
Contact Information
Office: E62-442
Tel: (617) 253-9768
Fax: (617) 253-2660
Support Staff

Name: Channa Yem
Tel: (617) 324-7519


Global Economics and Management

Research Center(s)

Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

General Expertise

Asia; China; Developing countries; Emerging markets; Environmental policy; Foreign investment; Global economics; Global entrepreneurship; Globalization; Government; Hong Kong; India; International management; International trade; Investment, foreign; Korea; Political economy; Singapore; Southeast Asia; Taiwan; Thailand


Yasheng Huang, Associate Dean for International Programs and Action Learning, is the International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business and a Professor of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Huang founded and runs the China Lab and the India Lab, which aim to help entrepreneurs in those countries improve their management skills. He is an expert source on international business, political economy, and international management. In collaboration with other scholars, Huang is conducting research on human capital formation in China and India, entrepreneurship, and ethnic and labor-intensive foreign direct investment (FDI). Prior to MIT Sloan, he held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Business School. Huang also served as a consultant to the World Bank.

His research has been profiled in many publications, including TheWall Street Journal,The Economist, Businessworld, Le Monde, the Economic Times, as well as in numerous Chinese publications. He also has contributed to the Financial Times, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy. Huang’s published books include Inflation and Investment Controls in China (1996), FDI in China (1998), Selling China (2003), and Financial Reform in China (2005, co-edited with Tony Saich and Edward Steinfeld). His most recent book, Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics (2008), is based on detailed archival and quantitative evidence spanning three decades of reforms. Huang shows that private entrepreneurship, facilitated by financial liberalization and microeconomic flexibility, played a central role in China’s economic miracle.

Huang has held or received prestigious fellowships, such as the National Fellowship at Stanford University and the Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Fellowship. He is a member of the Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, a Fellow at the Center for Chinese Economic Research and the Center for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University, a Fellow at the William Davidson Institute at Michigan Business School, and a World Economic Forum Fellow.

Huang holds a BA in government from Harvard College and a PhD in government from Harvard University.

Web Site:


A Fire Sale without Fire: An Explanation of Labor-Intensive FDI in China [2008]

Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics [2008]

Does Ethnicity Pay? Evidence from Overseas Chinese FDI in China [2008]

Is Entrepreneurship Missing in Shanghai? [2008]

Just How Capitalist is China? [2008]

What is Wrong with Shanghai? [2008]

John Grant

John Grant

Senior Lecturer, International Action Learning Programs
(G-Lab, China/India Lab, GO-Lab)
Contact Information
Office: E62-421
Tel: (617) 324-4373
Support Staff

Name: Sumaiya Rahman
Tel: (617) 253-6679

Academic Area

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Academic Groups

Global Economics and Management


John Grant is a Senior Lecturer in Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  His focus is in the domains of global strategy, corporate finance and valuation, entrepreneurship, and strategic management.  

Mr. Grant is a member of the teaching team for the MBA course 15.225 - Economy and Business in Modern China and India, where he is the Associate Course Lead.  He is responsible for overseeing the 30+ student consulting projects each year that are a component of the course.

In addition, Mr. Grant is a mentor in several of MIT Sloan’s International Action Learning Programs:  Global Entrepreneurship Lab, China Lab, India Lab, Enterprise Management Lab, and Global Organization Lab.  He has mentored teams supporting companies in East & Southeast Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America, in addition to the U.S.  Company issues have involved business strategy development, operations management, new market entry, global organization, and integrated strategic management. 

Mr. Grant’s management interests are the result of over 30 years’ experience as a global strategic management consultant.  He has worked on six continents with organizations ranging from startups to the world’s largest and most complex multinational companies. 

Mr. Grant has been a principal in three leading strategy consulting firms, managing consulting practices in Europe, Asia, and North America.  He has also been involved in the startup of new ventures in healthcare, energy services, and biotechnology, and has held the positions of chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

Mr. Grant holds a BS in applied mathematics from the University of Washington and an SM in management (finance concentration) from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

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