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Entrepreneurial Actions - How an Innovative Mindset Powers New Venture Creation

Host: BiMBA MBA of National School of Development, Peking University

Co-host: School of Management, UCL UCL Club of Beijing Alumni

Time: 18:00-21:00, Jan 19, 2019

Address: Function Room, 2nd floor of Wanzhong Building, NSD, Peking University

Language: English



19:00-21:00MBA Forum: Entrepreneurial Actions - How An Innovative Mindset Powers New Venture Creation
19:00-19:03Brief Introduction / Welcome (3 mins)

David Brown (Director of the Lancaster China Management Centre)
19:04-19:06Brief Introduction to Event (2 mins)

Alan Parkinson (Chair of Panel, Deputy Director of UCL’s School of Management)
19:07-19:27Keynote Speech on Leadership, Character, and Entrepreneurship (20 mins)

Zhuang Yang (Co-Dean of BiMBA)
19:30-20:15Panel (45 mins):

David Chapman (Deputy Director of UCL’s School of Management)

Controlling Uncertainty - How Entrepreneurs Make Sense of the Unpredictable?

Fiona Reid (UCL’s School of Management)

Entrepreneurship vs Management: Why EShip Requires Leaders to Act Differently

Stephen Todd (Deputy Director and Programme Director of UCL’s School of Management)

The Art & Craft of Entrepreneurial Decision-making
20:15-20:55Panel Q and A (40 mins)

Steered Towards the Relevance of All This in China and in the Specific Chinese Ecosystem
20:55-21:00Wraps Up (5 mins)

Alan Parkinson


Zhuang Yang

Professor of Management, Co-Dean, BiMBA at National School of Development, Peking University.

Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Columbia University, New York in 1991, majoring in management. He got his M.A. in Sociology from the same institution in 1985. He was also granted an MPA degree in International and Public Affairs from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University in 1984. He graduated from the English Language and Literature Department of Peking University, China.

Dr. Yang’s main teaching and research interests involve the Fundamentals of Management, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Organizational Innovation, and Cultural Change, MNC Operation and Management, International Leadership, etc. He has published a large number of articles and columns in leading academic journals   and business press in China and the United States.

Alan Parkinson

Alan is Deputy Director (Education) and Professorial Teaching Fellow in Accounting in the School of Management. He is Chair of School Teaching Committee; Chair of School Examination Boards; Teaching Lead: Finance, Accounting and Economics; and is responsible as line manager for a number of staff colleagues. He is a qualified accountant (FCCA and ACMA/CGMA), with a Doctorate in Education (EdD), an MSc in Business, a Higher Education Teaching Certificate and an MA in Early Modern History. He is Professor in Managerial Accounting at Ecole des Ponts, Paris. He specialises in Managerial Accounting, and Financial Management, and generic Accounting/Finance modules. He has played and continues to play a major role in the School’s on-line MSc in Professional Accountancy with the University of London and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), with a particular focus on international relationships. His scholarship interests are accounting history, technology in education, and curriculum design/evaluation. He has extensive international training and consultancy expertise. He has published custom textbooks and scholarship papers and presents regularly at international scholarship conferences. He has held a number of senior positions elsewhere: Director of the Masters Programmes in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary, University of London; Head of Centre for Financial Management, and MBA Programme Director in the Open University Business School; Director of Accounting Studies in Hatfield Polytechnic (now University of Hertfordshire), Head of School of Accounting and Taxation, and Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Administrative Studies at South Bank Polytechnic (now London South Bank University).

David Chapman

David is the Deputy Director of UCL’s School of Management where his responsibilities include the management of strategic relationships with other departments at UCL and the development of the institution’s management teaching portfolio.

Prior to this, he was the founder and coordinator of UCL MSc programmes in Technology Entrepreneurship and Geographic Information Science, UCL’s Business Development Manager for GIS, and a Senior Lecturer in UCL’s department of Geomatic Engineering.

Fiona Reid

Before joining UCL in 2015 Fiona had a career in the private sector as an entrepreneur and at universities such as Imperial College and Oxford University, where she was Founder Director of the Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Said Business School for nine years. She has served as Director of UKCDS, which manages £440m of public research funding to support UK government’s international development interests. She is a Fellow of the RSA and lectures internationally on innovation, research impact and creating social and economic benefit from entrepreneurship. She has worked with large organisations such as Philips, CERN, FT, Goldman Sachs, with governments, and high- growth small businesses, and has been involved in the creation of many new spinouts and social ventures arising from Higher Education. Her expertise focuses on complex innovation spaces, the interface between science and business, and entrepreneurial thinking within organisations.

Stephen Todd

Stephen has 30 years of experience working with technology sector businesses, ranging from start-ups to global companies. Projects he has worked on have generated quantifiable benefits worth over $100 million. Stephen started his career as a computer science researcher specialising in the application of artificial intelligence. He spent ten years with Hewlett-Packard, where he led the company’s long-range research on artificial intelligence and patient monitoring and created a new R&D centre for HP’s Medical Products Group. After HP, he spent seven years with management consultants PRTM (now part of PwC), where he helped global companies transform their product development and supply chain performance. Over the last ten years, he has been involved with a number of initiatives in the UK and China focused on helping early-stage companies unlock growth, including the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and 10,000 Women programmes. He is a Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University’s Global Entrepreneurship Center (GERC) and Chairman of the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG). Stephen has an MA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, an Executive MBA from the London Business School, a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the RSA.

David Brown

Director of the Lancaster China Management Centre. His main research interest has two separate but linked strands. Firstly, strategic studies including strategic information systems and e-business, secondly the application of these strands internationally, especially in transitional economies. Current research includes E-business adoption in micro SMEs; complex ICT adoption in SMEs in UK, Jamaica, China, and Bahrain; interaction between ICT adoption and quality standards in auto manufacturing in Turkey. Complementing this is strategy and policy work including strategic alliances; strategic ICT in Saudi healthcare; public programme policy implementation of ICT in UK SMEs; equality and diversity within the Anglican Church. The majority of work is strongly organisationally based, including action research and SSM.

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