Beijing’s leading professional network

Corporate Network operates the leading professional network in Beijing where members can access critical insights while engaging in high-level networking with senior business leaders from some of the most important MNCs operating in Greater China. Bring the collective expertise of The Economist Group and other business leaders into your organisation to allow you to explore new ideas and create space for understanding how external factors will impact your business.

Upcoming events

If you would like to attend any of these, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

May 18 — The new era led by generative AI: exploration, inspiration, and challenges

With the advent of ChatGPT, the topic of generative artificial intelligence (generative-AI) has stormed into our daily discussions. However, the rapid development of artificial intelligence also brings some concerns and challenges. Many people worry that artificial intelligence will replace human jobs. At the legal level, how can we better protect the intellectual property rights of creators. In this event, we will invite industry experts to share their views on the research results, application cases, and development prospects of generative-AI. We will also explore how to better use artificial intelligence to promote the progress and development of human society, as well as how to cope with the challenges that artificial intelligence brings.

June 23 — Executive Insight Q2

Executive Insight is a quarterly summary filled with in-depth data and analysis relevant for our Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong networks, as well as an overall regional view to aid in your strategy planning. We’ve curated select Economist Intelligence content and added business insights to the analysis – to break down how they might affect your business.

June 8 — China’s property sector: what’s next?

In China, more than two-thirds of urban household wealth is tied up in property, and the industry underpins a fifth of GDP. In an attempt to tame the property monster, President Xi Jinping rolled out a “three red lines” policy. The goal was that tougher rules would lead property firms to be more restrained and allow house building to slow to a sensible pace. Things started to go wrong with the default of Evergrande. The three red lines have deprived property firms of the cash they need to finish building flats that they had sold in advance. Delays in finishing past projects have, in turn, made it harder to sell new ones to frustrated buyers with weak sales perpetuating the cash crunch. The housing market has slumped into a deepening hole and poses a substantial risk to China’s economy. As a result, we recently witnessed a list of resolution strategies and policies from Beijing aimed at reviving homebuyers’ confidence and minimising the impact of the property crisis. At this event, industry leaders and policy experts will join us to discuss the implications of China’s recent policies for the economy and the property, real estate, and construction sectors, and the feasibility of resolution strategies currently on Beijing’s agenda. We’ll also explore whether an emphasis on sustainable construction and green buildings may be crucial to helping China achieve its decarbonisation goals and unlock further growth.

June 21 — CxO lunch: Understanding China’s Generation Z and how to leverage their talent

Understanding what motivates young people – as consumers, employees, and citizens – has often baffled companies. Amid high youth unemployment, brands are increasingly competing to attract the attention of China’s Generation Z workforce, making the need to understand their motivations an imperative. CKGSB Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Associate Dean Zhang Xiaomeng has studied Generation Z and their behaviours in the workplace, and her data-driven analysis assesses the correlation between Generation Z’s values, career choices, psychology, resilience and preferred corporate cultures. Join Professor Zhang and other professions for an illuminating consideration of how corporate leaders can better understand and interact with their younger colleagues.

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