№ 214/2014 from Jun 11, 2014
An international workshop being held from June 12 to 14, 2014, in Hannover will focus on the role of China as a partner in trade during the past 200 years and on the interactions between companies in China and their foreign partners. The goal of the workshop initiated by Freie Universität and called "Rethinking Business History in Modern China" is to gain new insights into the interaction of Chinese and foreign companies from the 19th century to the present. More than 30 historians from Taiwan, China, Australia, the United States, and Europe are expected to attend. The participants will include Yeh Wen-hsin (Berkeley), Elisabeth Köll, and William C. Kirby (both from Harvard University). The workshop is being organized by Prof. Dr. Klaus Mühlhahn and Hajo Frölich, both from Freie Universität. It is being sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation. The conference languages are English and Chinese.
Today there is no doubt about the competitiveness of Chinese companies as opposed to foreign ones. At the very latest, since the end of the 19th century, China has increasingly adapted itself to the global economy, taking over the mechanisms and standards of Western companies. This workshop is devoted to research on interactions between Chinese and foreign companies, which has been largely neglected to date.