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Aspiring to be the resource and knowledge hub for innovation in China

The focus of the CEIBS Centre on China Innovation is to understand how Chinese companies innovate, and in particular how they are moving from imitation to grassroots innovation with global application and how developed world multinationals are using China as an innovation base, both for the domestic market and markets worldwide. Related concerns are how multinational enterprises can deal with the intra-organisational issues of decentralised R&D, and manage intellectual property in joint ventures.

The Centre on China Innovation was founded in response to the CEIBS institutional strategy of “China Depth, Global Breadth” and is an inclusive platform for cross-disciplinary research and engagement in the area of innovation.  

Mission Statement

As an integral part of CEIBS, the Centre on China Innovation (CCI) invests in applied research and outreach programs to expand the frontiers of academic thought, influence business practice and provide innovative solutions to our corporate partners.
The Centre’s ambition is to become the leading resource and knowledge hub on the role of innovation in the development of business in China.


Centre Co-Directors 

Dr. George Yip, Professor of Management, CEIBS

Dr. Bruce McKern, Professor of International Business, CEIBS

Centre Manager

Jess X.Zhang, MBA

Research Assistant

Ivdis Tao, M.A

Affiliated Schcolars

Dr.Weiru Chen, Associate Professor of Strategy, CEIBS

Innovation Associates 

MBA Researchers 


Funding Sponsors 

Akzo Nobel  




The Centre is initially funded by the generous support of Akzo Nobel, DSM, Philips, and Shell, all of them innovative leaders in global business.

Each sponsor contributes a number of managers on a rotating, part time basis to work on research projects with the Centre on China Innovation. 

To learn more about how to become a sponsor of the Centre on China Innovation, please contact Annette Nijs, Executive Director Global Initiative,,Tel. +31 643 858 8885


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Centre on China Innovation 699 Hong Feng Road, Shanghai 201206 (Map)


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Centre Manager