Has the EAST Risen, Again? Lessons and Experiences from History

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This talk is based on an ongoing book project on four factors that have shaped Chinese development both historically and during the contemporary period. These four are: Examination, Autocracy, Stability and Technology (EAST). The talk will focus on the historical formation of Chinese autocracy--with a comparison with state formation in India—and will explore the implications for technology historically and during the contemporary era.  

Yasheng Huang is the Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and Faculty Director of Action Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Between 2013 and 2017, he served as an Associate Dean in charge of MIT Sloan’s global partnership programs and its action learning initiatives. His previous appointments include faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Business School.

Huang is currently involved in research projects in four broad areas: 1) a book project titled The Nature of the Chinese State, 2) collaboration with researchers at Tsinghua University to create a complete database on historical technological inventions in China, 3) as a co-PI in “Food Safety in China: A Systematic Risk Management Approach” (supported by Walmart Foundation, 2016-on), and 4) research on venture finance, production of scientific knowledge, work of the future in China. He has published numerous articles in academic journals and in media and 11 books in English and Chinese.

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