Academic and Research Conferences

Innovation China 2013

The inaugural "Innovation China 2013" for entrepreneurs and multinationals took place at the Shanghai Expo Center, home of the 2010 World Expo, November 15-16, 2014. As China grows from being a manufacturing-driven economy to one focusing on innovation and development, this two-day conference focused on innovation and the emerging Chinese entrepreneurial market. It attracted both multinational companies and aspiring entrepreneurs and brought together innovative business leaders, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and UCLA Anderson faculty members to explore the growing influence of China's advances in areas such as IT, clean technology, healthcare, advanced materials and consumer goods, and what they mean for China and the world. UCLA Anderson and UCLA alumni were both participants as well as attendees.

Day 1:
"Open Innovation Forum" featured executives from global companies, corporate venture groups, government entities and start-up companies. Keynote speakers and panels featured candid discussions focused on a wide range of topics, including promoting and sourcing innovation, making equity investments, forming strategic alliances, engaging in crossborder partnerships and negotiating joint ventures. Zhou Yupeng, president of the Shanghai Modern Service Industry Association and former vice-mayor of Shanghai, gave the welcome address. Day 2: "Bringing Your Vision To Reality" was led by faculty members from UCLA Anderson who provided an overview of the business skills and knowledge necessary for aspiring entrepreneurs to bring potential products and services to market within China and internationally. The conference leveraged upon the strengths of UCLA Anderson, including the school's strength in entrepreneurship and global management, and also UCLA Anderson's China-based alumni and current students with an interest in China and entrepreneurship - a driving force for both the Chinese and world economy. The event was organized by UCLA Anderson's Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Center for Global Management, China Materialia LLC, a Shanghai-based venture capital and advisory firm, and the John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law, UC Irvine.

Can the U.S. Be Competitive in a Globalized World?

In addition to partnering with UCLA Anderson student organizations, the CGM also collaborates with other areas at UCLA Anderson on conferences that have a global focus.

Across the globe, countries have been trying to dig out of recession and slow growth with  export-oriented policies but not every country can achieve this goal, as some have to be more import-dependent. In recent decades, the U.S. has run large trade deficits and, to correct this imbalance, has to have larger net exports - but can this be achieved in a globalized world? The Center for Global Management sponsored the UCLA Anderson Forecast March 2013 Economic Outlook: "Can the U.S. Be Competitive in a Globalized World?" which addressed issues surrounding this question.  

The event was held in Korn Convocation Hall on March 13 and attracted around 200 business and governmental leaders, faculty and students. Keynote addresses were provided by Mickey Kantor, former secretary of commerce and trade representative; and Sebastian Edwards, Henry Ford II Chair in International Management and faculty director of the CGM, who talked about global currency issues.The keynotes were followed by discussions on productivity, skills and human capital and an executive panel that addressed the overarching theme of the conference, moderated by Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, and featured Ricardo Bernardes, executive vice president, California Steel Industries; Peter Matheson, economic counselor to the Embassy of the U.K.; Carlos Valderrama, senior vice president, global initiatives, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; and Dov Charney, CEO and president of American Apparel (pictured above).    


How Long is the Shadow of History: The Long Term Persistence of Economic Outcomes

An academic conference, How Long is the Shadow of History: The Long Term Persistence of Economic Outcomes, was held at UCLA Anderson on May 18-19, 2012. The conference was co-sponsored by UCLA Anderson's Center for Global Management and co-organized by Professor Romain Wacziarg (pictured here). It brought to UCLA Anderson over 50 top scholars from internationally renowned institutions, including UCLA, Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Brown, Chicago and Berkeley, to discuss emerging research evaluating the long-run sources of variation in economic performance across countries. Taking a long view, this research seeks to understand economic development by going back far in history - even as far as the Neolithic period - to understand the geographic and cultural factors that facilitate or impede the growth of emerging market economies. The conference program, including links to the papers that were presented, can be found here. The conference demonstrated UCLA Anderson's strong commitment to studying and teaching issues of global economic relevance, including subjects related to the growing economic influence of emerging markets, and demonstrated the academic excellence of UCLA Anderson's vibrant group of academic economists.


Improving Jobs for the Global Informal Workforce

A research grant was also awarded to Chris Tilly, director of UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and professor in the urban planning department, to support a recent academic conference, Improving Jobs for the Global Informal Workforce: Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States. Held at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center in Los Angeles on April 20-21, 2012, the conference brought together top scholars from the eight countries mentioned in the title, including distinguished researchers from Peking University (China), the University of Campinas (Brazil), the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), and others, along with U.S. researchers from UCLA and other institutions. Participants discussed how new patterns of global economic flow have intensified the problem of informal work and suggested strategies for improving informal jobs. The conference included a one and a half-day invitation-only workshop of 25 researchers and a public evening event that attracted an audience of around 100. Sponsors of the conference included the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education and UCLA CIBER.

 The California-China Relationship: Partners or Competitors?

The Center for Global Management was the main sponsor of UCLA Anderson's December 2011 Quarterly Economic Forecast Conference: The California-China Relationship: Partners or Competitors? held in Korn Convocation Hall on December 7, 2011. The event attracted almost 200 attendees and brought together a group of experts who shared a diverse set of viewpoints on U.S.-China relations.

William Yu (lower right photo), economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, presented a macro-economic overview of the Chinese economy, Understanding the Risks to China's Economy, which was followed by two panel discussions. Jerry Nickelsburg (left photo), senior economist of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, moderated the first panel, Hard or Soft Landing for China's Economy, with panelists Cindy Fan, professor of geography and Asian American studies at UCLA; Peter Navarro, professor of economics and public policy at The Paul Merage School of Business of the University of California, Irvine; Charles Wolf,
 Distinguished Corporate Chair in International Economics at The RAND Corporation and professor at The Pardee RAND Graduate School; and Jeff Wasserstrom, professor of history at University of California, Irvine. 

The second panel focused on Intellectual Property Protection and California Exports and was moderated by Lance Yang, patent and trademark attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP; with panelists Alan Chu, partner and Leader of China Business Network, PwC; Thomas T. Chan, partner at Fox Rothschild LLP; Jason Childs, vice president of sales and marketing at Staco Systems; and Michael Christensen, deputy executive director of development at the Port of Los Angeles.


Financial Access at Birth Receives Research Support from the Center 

Financial Access at Birth (FAB) is a program developed by Bhagwan Chowdhry, a professor of finance at UCLA Anderson. It is a social and economic innovation that seeks financial inclusion. Chowdhry's idea is to convince the world's nations to contribute one-fiftieth of one percent of their gross domestic product - the sum of all goods and services produced within a nation's borders to create a fund that would give every child born in the world $100 in a savings account that would be opened when his or her birth is officially registered. Chowdhry's initiative is being hosted by the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI), an international collaboration aimed at advancing the commercial model of microfinance. In addition to providing a grant to support FAB, the center also supported the recent CFI board meeting in March that was held at UCLA Anderson. MBA students also have worked on research projects supported by the center to study the feasibility of testing the idea in one country.