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SOAS China Institute

Entrepreneurship in China – The Emergence of the Private Sector

Entrepreneurship in China
Prof Andrew Atherton (University of Lancaster)

Date: 30 October 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 30 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Book Launch


The Chinese economy has grown faster for a longer period than any other economy in the world. It is now the second, and in the next few decades looks likely to become the largest global economy. This is an astonishing transformation of a country that in the late 1970s was one of the poorest in Asia. Central to this economic miracle has been the emergence of a private sector of entrepreneurs who have started and grown businesses of all sizes and types. This book explores these wealth creators and builders of China’s new economy, and offers guidance on the best ways to work with China’s entrepreneurs and their growing businesses.

Entrepreneurship in China, authored by Prof Andrew Atherton (Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Lancaster University) and Prof Alex Newman (Associate Dean (International) at Deakin University), looks at the dynamic and changing nature of entrepreneurship, and the need for entrepreneurs to refine, adapt and evolve their approaches within an uncertain, fast-changing and volatile environment. This book examines the distinctive and particular context of China for entrepreneurs, and offers insights into how entrepreneurship has emerged as the driver of China’s economy. This book will benefit business people, policy makers and researchers seeking to understand Chinese entrepreneurship and offers guidance to practitioners interested in working with private Chinese businesses.


Andrew Atherton is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Enterprise at Lancaster University. He was previously Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, and before that worked at Durham University, latterly as Head of Department. He is an alumnus of SOAS, having studied Chinese and Economics in the 1980s. His research focuses on entrepreneurship and small business, and he has published in that area since the mid 1990s. His particular areas of focus are: entrepreneurship in China; government policy for enterprise and small business development; business start-up/new venture creation. Andrew has worked for international agencies and government on small business and enterprise policy and development projects in the UK and overseas, and has been involved in this work in China since 1997.

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