Last week, over 100 guests from universities across China travelled to Switzerland, specifically to the FHNW in Olten for the 2016 International Conference on Management Science and Engineering. This is the 23rd time that the conference has been held by the Harbin Institute of Technology, but the first time that there has been a joint organising and academic committee and an international partner (FHNW) playing such a central role.
Over 100 presentations took place with papers being submitted by (mostly) lecturers and doctoral students from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin Engineering University, Fudan University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Nan Kai University, Shanghai Maritime University, Southeast University, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Northeastern University at Qinhuangdao, Center for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development, Geneva , Shenyang University of Technology, Nanjing Audit University, Beijing Decision-making Consultant Center, China University of Mining ＆Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Hohai University, as well as universities from South and South East Asia.
The conference also included speeches from Professors Dr. Ruedi Nützi and Professor Dr. Rolf Schaeren (School of Business, FHNW, Switzerland); Counselor XI Ru, Education Section, Embassy of The Peoples’ Republic of China in Switzerland; Professor Qiang Ye, Dean School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, P.R.China; Professor Gus Gaynor, IEEE Technology Management Council, USA; Beatrice Ferrari Ph.D., Deputy Head International Relations, State Department for Education Research and Innovation; Nektarios Palaskas, Ph.D., Head of Science, Technology and Education Section, Swiss Embassy in the People’s Republic of China.
Our two distinguished keynote speakers for the opening ceremony were Professor Doug Vogel, Harbin Institute of Technology, P.R.China and Professor Dr. Xinhua Wittmann, School of Business, FHNW.
We were treated to some excellent papers from both experienced and younger academics and all of those who took part gained valuable input.
Challenging Research Topics
For the SSRCC, it was wonderful opportunity to bring together academics from China and Switzerland to investigate research in the areas of:
- Big Data and Business Analytics
- Enterprise Ecosystem and Enterprise Strategy in the Context of Big Data I
- Challenges of Cross-Border Collaboration
- Financial Innovation and Risk Management
- Health Care Dynamics and Solutions in Changing Societies
- Strategy and Innovation Management
- Urban Development and Governance
To wrap up the conference, we hosted a workshop on Transfer Research into Practice: Creating Actionable Management Knowledge.
The SSRCC’s mission is to “promote information and technology exchange and bring together industry partners from Switzerland and China to build cooperation and innovation. The SSRCC provides Swiss enterprises, especially SMEs, with a viable opportunity to gain a market presence in China while offering their Chinese counterparts the same possibility in Switzerland.”
Building Sustainable Academic Partnerships
A conference like this allows us to build stronger relationship with business schools across China and opens myriad opportunities to generate and disseminate knowledge for key FHNW stakeholders including local industry partners,local public sector partners, local civil society partners e.g. chambers of commerce, students at FHNW, continuing education students, FHNW staff.
We plan to follow-up the conference by working towards joint research and publications on business environment, market entry, effective business models, cross-border collaboration in China so that we can further support Swiss and Chinese companies and institutions through our local networks with Government, industry and academic partners in China and Switzerland as well as cooperating with partner universities to develop programmes to ensure that the knowledge we generate is shared widely.
This quick post is mostly to say thanks to all of those who worked so hard to make the event a success including the whole SSRCC team and all our colleagues at HIT.
It’s great to report that the conference was a great success and we’re looking forward to taking part again in 2017.