Long Institute Lecture - Christopher Marquis

Thursday, February 28, 2013
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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Christopher MarquisThe John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law presents Christopher Marquis, Harvard Business School Associate Professor of Business Administration and Marvin Bower Fellow, as part of the 2012-13 Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series.

Prof. Marquis will speak on "Regulatory Uncertainty and Corporate Response to Environmental Protection in China."

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Professor Marquis' current research is focused on how business can have a positive impact on society and in particular how historical processes and community relations have shaped firms' and entrepreneurs' social strategies and activities. Questions that drive his inquiries include: How can companies grow in reach and profit, while staying true to a social mission and maintaining their quality of services or products? And, should social entrepreneurs focus their efforts on leading change of the broader system in which they operate, or should they focus on achieving impact within the existing system? What are the implications of transitioning to greener technology when government and business are structurally intertwined?

China's rapid industrialization and economic development in the past three decades has been accompanied by extreme environmental degradation. However, as development has progressed, there has been increasing awareness among the Government, business community and general public of the importance of environmental protection. The Chinese Central Government in particular has been paying increasing attention to these issues as environmental security is seen to be essential for China to continue its future growth trend. The 11th and recent 12th Five-Year Plans focuses on energy efficiency and the enhancement of environmental protection are prominent examples of this recent commitment. While this change in governmental policy and action has been widely supported by the general public and global business community, it has created extreme uncertainties regarding the priority and goals among key business actors, both Chinese firms and multinationals.

The talk will focus on these developments and questions of how have businesses operating in China responded to these changes?

Marquis' prior research examined the effects of these processes in the contexts of community-based social networks and the evolution of the US banking industry. His research has won a number of national awards including the 2006 William H. Newman Award for best dissertation across the entire the Academy of Management, the 2006 Louis R. Pondy award for best dissertation in organizational theory from the Academy of Management, the 2003 James D. Thompson Award for best graduate student paper from the American Sociological Association and the 2005 State Farm Doctoral Dissertation Award. He has published in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal.

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