USC Marshall China Research Group

The USC China Research Group aims to advance understanding of the business environment of China and its relation to the global economy and international relations. We conduct academic research, exchange information, and disseminate knowledge to the public and policymakers, leveraging expertise of faculty members in the Marshall School, across USC, and among other affiliated scholars. Among the issues we consider are how institutions such as political economy, law and social norm and culture shape the business environment, the organizations and operations of enterprises in China, and the relation between the Chinese business environment and American business. We aim to become a central intellectual hub for scholars, business leaders, and policymakers, and eventually to position USC as a central institution for the creation and discussion of knowledge concerning the Chinese business environment.

We are among the founding members of the “China Business Research Network” (CBRN) which aims to promote a deep understanding of China’s business environment and organizes events including seminars at times that are more friendly for the audience located in Asia. The workshop schedule of CBRN can be found here ( and the registration link is here (

Weekly Workshops

The USC Marshall China Research Group offers weekly research workshops available to all.

USC Marshall China Workshop 2022 Spring Semester

Tuesdays 11am-12pm Pacific Time (unless otherwise indicated) **Hosted virtually on Zoom** Please register here.




Title of presentation


Nan Jia

USC Marshall School of Business

Clash of the Titans? Development of Artificial Intelligence(AI) Technologies in the U.S. and China


Katarzyna Burzynska

Radboud University, Institute for Management Research

Interbank Relations, Environmental Uncertainty, and Corporate Credit Access in China

4/5/2022 (*Note: 5pm Pacific time)

Yanhui Wu

University of Hong Kong Business School

Social Media and Government Responsiveness: Evidence from Vaccine Procurements in China


Greg Distelhorst

University of Toronto, Department of Political Science

The Political Beliefs of Chinese Officials


Dan Breznitz & Scott McNight

University of Toronto, Department of Political Science

Platformizing the Economy? Building and Regulating Chinese Digital Platforms


Eric Zheng (in-person visit)

University of Texas Dallas, Information Systems

Blockchain and Crypto-Currency: An Overview of Research and Practice 


Minyuan Zhao

Washington University at St. Louis

A Serious IP Violator or An IP Violator Taken Seriously?


Liz Liu & Dennis Quinnn 

Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business

A China Shock or a Multinational Shock?: The Role of MNC Value Chains in the Trade Shock


The USC Marshall China Research Group hosts and cohosts major conferences every year. Below is information on our conferences.

Inaugural 2021 China Research Group Doctoral Symposium, April 23-24, 2021 on Zoom. Read Agenda here (PDF document).

The China Conference - Institutions, Markets and Firms, May 17-18, 2019 (sponsored by USC Marshall Institute for Outlier Research in Business)

Text Analysis for Asia and Beyond, January 11-12, 2019 (co-hosts and sponsors: USC Center for International Studies, USC East Asian Studies Center, USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture)

USC Marshall China Research Day, March 30-31, 2018 (sponsored by USC Marshall School of Business)


The USC Marshall China Research Group offers a variety of courses at the graduate level.

  • ACCT 574 Accounting and Corporate Governance in Global Business Environment (PDF document)

  • MOR 599 Winning in Emerging Markets

Contact us:

Nan Jia
T.J. Wong