Christopher Marquis: Mao and Markets (virtual book talk)

This book talk co-hosted by the Cornell China Center features Christopher Marquis and his new book Mao and Markets (Yale University Press, 2023) that charts how Mao’s ideological principles, mass campaigns, and socialist institutions have enduringly influenced Chinese entrepreneurs, listed companies and provincial and city politicians.

As China opened up its economy over the past four decades, conventional wisdom held that the country’s growing embrace of free markets would lead to a more liberal society. Instead, China’s unprecedented economic growth has positioned state capitalism as a durable foil to the orthodoxy of free markets, to the confusion of many in the West. Many have commented on China’s renewed embrace of Maoist principles. What does this mean for the future of the Chinese economy and relations with the West? What are the implications of China returning to some of the ideological principles spearheaded by Mao Zedong? And how much of China’s decades of economic success can be credited to Mao and Maoism?

About the Speaker

Christopher Marquis is the Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. He is the author of the award winning books Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism and Mao and Markets: The Communist Roots of Chinese Enterprise. Prior to joining Cambridge he worked at Cornell for over 6 years, and Harvard for over 11 years, where he developed an award-winning course on social entrepreneurship. He is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed academic articles and more than 50 Harvard business cases on topics related to sustainable business, and has earned awards for scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management and the American Sociological Association. Marquis earned a PhD in sociology and business administration from the University of Michigan and BA in History from Notre Dame. Before his academic career, he worked for six years in the financial services industry, most recently as vice president and technology manager for a business unit of J.P. Morgan Chase.

Host and Sponsors

This panel is cohosted by the Yale Club of Hong Kong, the Notre Dame Beijing Global Gateway, the Cornell China Center, and the Yale Center Beijing. The event language is English.

Event Time

7:30 am – 8:30 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) / 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm China Standard Time (CST)

Register for the book talk. Advance registration is required before Febrary 7 at 11:00 pm EST to obtain a Zoom event link. Your registration request will be confirmed at least 24 hours ahead of the event. If you encounter problems, please email [email protected].

Please enter the Zoom room 15 minutes before the event start time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to join the event.

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