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Educational Background

B.A (Hons.) in Economics, Macquarie University; Ph.D. (Business Economics), Harvard University.

Scholarly Interests

Emerging Chinese multinationals, Foreign multinationals in China, China’s integration into the global economy, Cross-border M&A, Business ecosystems and strategic alliances, global strategy.

Bio Sketch

Peter Williamson is Professor of International Management at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge.

A British national, with a first degree in economics, Peter’s business career began in banking with Merrill Lynch in London, Singapore and New York. He went on to complete his Ph.D in Business Economics at Harvard University in 1984. This was followed by four years with The Boston Consulting Group. Professor Williamson then joined the London Business School where he taught strategic management. In 1990 he became Dean of MBA Programmes at London, followed by an appointment as Visiting Professor of Global Strategy and Management at Harvard Business School.

Peter has acted as consultant on business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and international expansion to numerous companies, governments and international organisations throughout the Asia-Pacific region as well as in Europe and North America. He has experience in China since 1983, assisting numerous multinationals and joint ventures, and more recently, Chinese companies venturing abroad.

Peter serves as Chairman of the global hedge-fund manager, Tactical Global Management, Chairman of Imparta Ltd and as a director of several other companies including Energy Edge Ltd, Green Gas International Ltd, and the Chinese software company, Geong International, which is listed in London.

Professor Williamson’s latest book, Dragons at Your Door: How Chinese cost innovation is disrupting global competition, was published by Harvard Business School Press in June 2007. In 2004 he published Winning in Asia: Strategies for Competing in the New Millennium and From Global to Metanational: How Companies Win in the Knowledge Economy (2001), with Yves Doz and J. Santos (both also from Harvard Business Press). His other books include The Economics of Financial Markets (1995); Managing the Global Frontier (1994) and The Strategy Handbook (1992).

His recent articles include, “Value-For-Money Strategies For Recessionary Times”, “China’s Hidden Dragons” (both in Harvard Business Review), “Strategies for Competing in a Changed China” and “Is Your Innovation Process Global?” (both in the MIT Sloan Management Review). The latter received a 2005 Sloan-Pricewaterhouse Coopers Award honouring those articles that have contributed to the enhancement of management practice. Other recent articles include: “Strategy as Options on the Future” and “Diversification, Core Competences and Corporate Performance”.

Recent papers (please click on available titles to download pdfs):

Value for Money Strategies for Recessionary Times (pdf abstract)

Racing With the Chinese Dragons, (with Eden Yin), Chapter 3 in China Rules: Globalization and Political Transformation, I. Alon, J. Chang,, New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009.

“How to Meet China’s Cost Innovation Challenge”, Ivey Business Journal, May/June 2008. (with Ming Zeng). (pdf)

“Go Global: Successful Strategies”, PKU Business Review, Vol. 29, No. 12, December 2006, pp50-55, (in Chinese).

“Strategies for Competing in a Changed China”. MIT Sloan Management Review. Vol. 45, N° 4, pp 85-92. Summer 2004. (With M. Zeng).

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