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March 08, 2011

Winter 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Minyuan Zhao


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Minyuan Zhao, Assistant Professor of Strategy, U-M Ross School of Business

China’s Intellectual Property Environment: A Firm-Level Perspective

March 15, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Along many dimensions, China has made significant progress in strengthening the protection of intellectual property (IP) and expanding its research and development (R&D) base over the past two decades. Meanwhile, people’s understanding of IP has gone beyond a mechanical interpretation of patent law or copyright law. Instead, firms have begun to realize that IP protection is part of a complex business environment including various cultural, economic and strategic factors. This talk takes a firm-level perspective and addresses two related topics: the IP environment faced by various types of firms, and firms’ strategic responses to the perceived IP environment. Momentum for IP reform in China will depend on the trajectory of China’s structural reform in the next few years.

Minyuan Zhao is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Professor Zhao earned her Ph.D. from Stern School of Business, New York University in May 2004. Before joining Michigan, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, where she taught Strategy and International Business Environment classes to MBA and EMBA students. Professor Zhao's research interests are in the interaction between firm strategies and external environments in a global context. Her papers on multinational R&D organization and intellectual property rights protection received first place in the INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition (2003), the BPS Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management (2004), and the Best Paper Award at the Strategic Management Society (2006). Her recent studies examine industrial policies in emerging economies, knowledge flows within technology clusters, and how internal linkages among firms’ geographically dispersed units allow them to alleviate uncertainties at the local level. She teaches the World Economy course, an MBA core, and the International Business Seminar, a Ph.D. elective.

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