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McKern, Bruce

Bruce McKern University of Technology Sydney and member of the UTS Business School Advisory Board.

Bruce McKern is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and a member of the UTS Business School Advisory Board. In his early career as a chemical engineer, he worked with Dupont, Union Carbide and General Electric before completing a doctorate at Harvard University. His previous academic appointments include Director of the Stanford Sloan Master’s Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Professor of International Business and Co-Director of the Centre on China Innovation at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, President of the Carnegie Bosch Institute and Professor of International Business at Carnegie Mellon University, Visiting Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and Dean of two Australian business schools. During 2015 and 2016, he was also a Visiting Research Fellow working on innovation at INSEAD, the University of Oxford Technology and Management Centre for Development, and the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

His research and publications have been in the fields of international business and innovation, and he is an authority on innovation in China. His most recent book is China’s Next Strategic Advantage: From Imitation to Innovation (with George Yip), MIT Press, 2016. In addition to his current research on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, he is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of China Innovation (forthcoming in 2019). He is also author of numerous academic papers, Harvard and Stanford case studies and nine books, including ‘China’s Innovative Nation’ in Disruptive Asia, Asia Society, 2017; ‘Innovation in Emerging Markets: The Case of China’ (with George Yip) in International Journal of Emerging Markets, 2014; and Managing the Global Network Corporation (2003). He is also an Editorial Board Member of Management International Review, Member of the International Advisory Committee of the Research Centre for Technological Innovation at Tsinghua University, Beijing; Adviser to the Maritime Silk Road Society in Hong Kong; and a Mentor for the CSIRO ON Prime Accelerator. Previously he was a Member of the US-Korea Business Council in Washington DC, the MIT Enterprise Forum in Pittsburgh, a Board Member of the Harmarville Rehabilitation Center and a Founding Member of the Global Trade Institute of Pennsylvania. He also comments in international media on issues of MNC strategy and China innovation, including The Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, China Radio International, China Daily, South China Morning Post, The Conversation, Australian Financial Review, RTS Switzerland; CGTV Washington DC, etc.