Huawei Technologies: Self-made, world-class innovator?

Hybrid, LG106 Hallward Library
Tuesday 26th March 2024 (13:00-14:30)

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Paul Clifford 26 Mar 2024

The University of Nottingham's Taiwan Research Hub presents a talk by

Dr Paul G. Clifford, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Huawei Technologies: A Self-made, world-class innovator?

Tuesday 26 March 2024, 1pm-2.30pm, LG106 Hallward Library,  University Park ( rescheduled from February)

Hybrid event including Lunch

Talk abstract 

The talk examines the history, business approach and path to success of Huawei Technologies, China’s largest technology company. In approaching this highly controversial and topical subject. Light is thrown on a number of key elements to this controversy including Huawei’s ownership, the degree of government support it has received, its sources of funds, its path to technical innovation and its corporate culture. We then consider the Taiwan dimension, the underlying motivation for the US measures against Huawei and the firm’s bold response in re-inventing itself through moving into new business adjacencies.

Speaker biography

Dr Paul G. Clifford is Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He is President of the management consultants Paul G. Clifford & Associates, LLC. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. 

He is the author of The China Paradox. At the Front Line of Economic Transformation, which draws on his personal experiences to profile the 40 years of China’s economic reforms.

He is currently completing a new book entitled China’s Logistics: From Laggard to Innovator.

He first lived in China as a student in 1973-74. After that he lived and worked in China as a corporate banker, as a strategy consultant and then with a global US high technology firm where he was driving strategy on smart and connected cities. After the Wenchuan earthquake he was involved with the construction of remote healthcare networks in the affected areas of Sichuan.

He has advised both Chinese state-owned and private enterprises as well as multinational firms in China across a wide range of sectors. He has been an elected member of a Chinese government-led advisory group.  

He studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he received a PhD in modern Chinese history, and at Peking University. He has taught at universities in Mexico, the UK and the US. He has been widely published on Chinese history, politics and business. He is fluent in Chinese, classical and modern.

The United Kingdom became a dialogue partner of ASEAN in 2021. John Pearson will examine how the UK is increasing its links with the Indo-Pacific region, through the case study of Laos: considering both developmental assistance and political relations. He will look at key trends affecting Laos and the region: including the upcoming Laos chairmanship of ASEAN in 2024, and the influence of countries such as China, Vietnam, and Russia on the smaller ASEAN states. John will also talk about his career as a diplomat in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and career options in international relations.

Chaired by

Dr Chun-yi Lee, Taiwan Research Hub, University of Nottingham

Taiwan Research Hub

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