The History of Business and Entrepreneurship in China

This course follows the development and analyzes the characteristics of business in modern China to set its striking contemporary economic development into a historical context. Students will become conversant with such topics as: China’s place in the world economy; early efforts at state-led industrialization; legal and social frameworks of business; foreign investments, companies, and competition; the emergence of a Chinese business class; the influence of socialism and reform-era politics on business; and case studies of specific companies. This course takes a historical approach, proceeds chronologically as well as thematically, and privileges the use of primary sources where possible.

Faculty: Christopher Leighton, Citi Chair in International Business, Schwarzman College; Associate Professor of History at MIT


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