MIT Sloan to host forum in Beijing on China's growth and social impact

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 23, 2014—What are the trends in corporate social responsibility in China? What is higher education’s role in social impact issues? How should social enterprises be managed? These are just a few of the issues that will be addressed by MIT Sloan faculty and business leaders at the MIT Sloan Business and Society Forum on March 28 in Beijing.

“China’s fast-growing economy has created many social issues that the government is not dealing with. Who will step in and lead? What is the responsibility of the corporate sector and higher education?” asks MIT Sloan Professor and Associate Dean for International Programs and Action Learning Yasheng Huang. “The MIT Sloan Business and Society Forum is a significant opportunity to examine these critical questions.”

The event is part of the long-running MIT-China Management Education Project based out of the MIT Sloan Office of International Programs, which was established to strengthen graduate management education programs and collaborations at selected Chinese universities. The Forum will be held at the China Millennium Monument and attended by MIT alumni, students and staff from Tsinghua University’s MBA program, NGOs from the China Social Entrepreneur Foundation and business leaders. It will be sponsored by MIT Sloan Management Review’s China edition, in collaboration with MIT Sloan Office of International Programs and Action Learning and the YouChange China Social Entrepreneur Foundation.

Speakers include:

  • Yasheng Huang, MIT Sloan Associate Dean
  • Ping Wang, Chairperson, YouChange China Social Entrepreneur Foundation
  • John Grant, Senior Lecturer in Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan
  • Diana Zhang, Project Manager, Goldman Sachs
  • Jiadong Qu, Chairman, TecPark Development
  • Huafeng Yu, CEO, benlai.com
  • Chuck Kane, Advisor and Board Member of One Laptop per Child
  • Tianwen Liu, Founder and CEO, iSoftStone
  • Jiadong Qu, Chairman, TecPark Development
  • Peter Kurzina, Senior Lecturer, the Martin Trust Center, MIT Sloan
  • Weimin Tian, Dean, School of Business Administration and Tourism Management, Yunnan University
  • Xuemei Fei, Deputy General Manager, Holyflora; Representative of Yunnan Women Entrepreneurs
  • Bofan Wu, Publisher of 21st Century Business Review
  • Fred Hu, Chairman, Primavera Capital Group
  • Elaine Wong, Partner and Co-Founder, Hao Capital; President, MIT Alumni Association of Beijing
  • Zhan Gao, CEO, Grameen China
  • Ning Tang, Founder and CEO, CreditEase
  • Michellana Jester, Director and Lecturer, MIT Sloan Action Learning Program
  • Hui Ling, Deputy Secretary General, YouChange China Social Entrepreneur Foundation
  • Laura Ziukaite, Director, Executive Programs, MIT Sloan Executive Education
  • He Gao, Associate Dean, School of Business Administration and Tourism Management, Yunnan University
  • Xiaoguo Tian, EDP Center, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

The Forum coincides with MIT Sloan’s China Lab, an action learning course that pairs dozens of MIT Sloan MBA students with international MBA students from top business schools in China. The teams collaborate on projects for host companies, putting traditional classroom learning into real-world practice. Next week, a record number of China Lab projects, 23, are running throughout China.

Members of the media are invited to attend the MIT Forum in Beijing. To register, please contact Tao Lin at MIT Sloan Management Review China: 18602017327 or imlintao@hotmail.com

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