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Asian Business Consultant Discusses China as a Technological Superpower on February 26

Darren O'Sullivan
Press Contact: Darren O’Sullivan (845) 758-7649 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WIDELY RESPECTED ASIAN BUSINESS CONSULTANT AND LECTURER TO DISCUSS CHINA AS A TECHNOLOGICAL SUPERPOWER AT BARD COLLEGE ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Monday, February 26, Denis Fred Simon, provost and vice president for academic affairs of the Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce at the State University of New York in New York City, will discuss "China: On the Way to Becoming a Techno-Superpower?" at Bard College. Simon has worked extensively in China as a business consultant and strategist and has written and lectured widely on innovation, high-technology development, foreign investment and corporate strategy in the Pacific Rim. He is frequently quoted in the Western and Asian business press regarding commercial and technology trends in China, Hong Kong, and the Asia-Pacific region. The lecture takes place at 7:30 p.m. in room 115 of the Olin Language Center on the Bard College campus and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Bard in China, the Science, Technology, and Society Program, and the Global and International Studies Program. The Levin Institute is a new education and research institution devoted to preparing traditional graduate students and working professionals to work and manage effectively in the globalized economy of the 21st century. Prior to joining the Levin Institute, Simon served as dean of the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He also served as professor of international business strategy and technology management at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, and as the Ford International Professor of Management & Technology at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the Sloan School and Fletcher School, he taught courses dealing with international business and management, international technology transfer, international manufacturing, and comparative government-business relations, especially with respect to promotion of high-technology industries. -continued- Prior to joining RPI, Simon was president of Monitor Group (China). As a senior member of the Asia leadership team within Monitor Group (Asia), Simon helped drive overall business development and provided high-level management support and intellectual leadership for Monitor’s strategy engagements in China. Before joining Monitor, Simon was managing director of the Business Strategy and Architecture Innovation Center in Singapore for Scient Corporation. He also has been an associate partner at Andersen Consulting China, where he served as director of the China Strategy Group. He also served as the general manager for Andersen Consulting’s China practice in Beijing from 1998-1999. From 1990-1995, Simon served as President of China Consulting Associates (Boston), which was one of only four foreign consulting firms approved by China’s State Council to operate as a domestically registered management consulting company in the PRC. He also has served as a private consultant to numerous Fortune Global 500 firms regarding their business entry and operations in China. Among Simon’s key publications are: Technological Innovation in China [with Detlef Rehn] (Harper Books, 1987), Science and Technology in Post-Mao China [edited with Merle Goldman] (Harvard University Press, 1989), The Emerging Technological Trajectory of the Pacific Rim (ME Sharpe, 1995), Corporate Strategies Towards the Pacific Rim (Routledge, 1996), and Techno-Security in an Age of Globalization (ME Sharpe, 1997). He currently is working on a book-length manuscript dealing with the development of the computer industry in China from 1949 to 2004. He received his M.A. degree in Asian studies in 1975 and Ph.D. in political science in 1980 from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his B.A. degree in Asian studies from the State University of New York in 1974. He reads and speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently. For more information about the lecture, please call 845-758-7388 or e-mail # # #


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This event was last updated on 02-26-2007