William C. Kirby

Chairman

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  • Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies CGIS South Building 1730 Cambridge Street Cambridge MA 02138

Research Interests: Doing business in China in the early 21st century; Chinese companies and consumer markets; Chinese Universities: Leaders of the 21st Century?; The enduring role of State-Owned Enterprises in China; Business, political, and cultural relations across the Taiwan Strait

William C. Kirby is Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University. He is a University Distinguished Service Professor. Professor Kirby serves as Chairman of the Harvard China Fund, the University’s academic venture fund for China, and Faculty Chair of the Harvard Center Shanghai, Harvard’s first University-wide center located outside the United States.

A historian by training, Professor Kirby examines contemporary China’s business, economic, and political development in an international context. He writes and teaches on the growth of modern companies in China (Chinese and foreign; state-owned and private); Chinese corporate law and company structure; business relations across Greater China (PRC, Taiwan, Hong Kong); and China’s relations with the United States and Europe. He has authored or co-authored more than forty HBS cases on business in China, ranging from start-ups to SOEs; agribusiness and middle-class consumption; banking and microfinance; healthcare and education; corporate governance and corporate social responsibility; and the global strategies of Chinese firms. His current projects include case studies of trend-setting Chinese businesses and a comparative study of higher education in China, Europe, and the United States. His most recent book is Can China Lead? (Harvard Business Review Press).

Before coming to Harvard in 1992, he was Professor of History, Director of Asian Studies, and Dean of University College at Washington University in St. Louis. At Harvard, Professor Kirby has served as Chair of the History Department, Director of the Harvard University Asia Center, Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

As Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, he led Harvard’s largest school, with 10,000 students, 1,000 faculty members, 2,500 staff, and an annual budget of $1 billion. He initiated major reforms in undergraduate education in Harvard College; enhanced Harvard’s international studies at home and abroad; increased substantially financial aid in the College and in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; supported the growth of the Division (now School) of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and oversaw the construction of major new buildings in the Life Sciences, Engineering, and the Arts. During his tenure, the Faculty expanded at its most rapid rate since the 1960s.

Professor Kirby’s research and consulting have focused on strategies for business and education in China. He serves on the Board of Directors of Cabot Corporation; The China Fund, Inc.; The Taiwan Fund, Inc.; the American Council of Learned Societies; and Harvard University Press. He chairs the Academic Advisory Council for Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University and serves as Senior Advisor on China to Duke University.

Professor Kirby holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and (Dr. Phil. Honoris Causa) from the Freie Universität Berlin and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been named Honorary Professor at Tsinghua University, Peking University, Nanjing University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, Chongqing University, East China Normal University, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and National Chengchi University. He has held appointments also as Visiting Professor at University of Heidelberg and the Freie Universität Berlin. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Chinese Name: 柯偉林

柯伟林教授是哈佛大学T. M. Chang 中国研究讲席教授,哈佛商学院斯潘格勒家族(Spangler Family) 讲席教授。柯伟林教授曾获哈佛大学杰出贡献教授称号,目前担任哈佛中国基金主席

作为一名现代中国历史学家,柯伟林教授的研究关注于国际环境下的中国商业、经济和政治发展。他的作品涵盖现代中国商业发展(包括国有与私营商业)、中国公司法和公司组织、中国自由史、50年代国际范围内的社会主义经济、海峡两岸关系、中欧及中美关系等。他目前从事的研究包括当代中国商业研究和中欧美三地高等教育比较研究。

1992年加入哈佛之前,柯伟林教授曾任华盛顿大学圣路易分校历史学教授、亚洲研究中心主任以及本科生院长。在哈佛大学,柯伟林教授历任历史系主任、亚洲研究中心主任和哈佛文理学院院长。作为院长,柯伟林教授领导着哈佛最大的一个学院,该院有一万名学生、一千名教授以及两千五百名员工,年度预算为十亿美元。

柯伟林教授担任院长期间,对哈佛本科教育进行了重大改革、促进了哈佛大学在海内外的国际研究、大幅度增加了哈佛本科生学院和研究院的奖学金数量,还支持了工程和应用科学分部(如今已经成立学院)的发展,并主持修建了新的生命科学、工程和人文艺术等学科的科研与办公大楼。在他的任期内,哈佛文理学院教授的数量是自1960年以来增长最迅速的阶段。

柯伟林教授先后获得达特茅斯学院、哈佛大学、柏林自由大学(哲学荣誉博士)以及香港理工大学的学位。他先后被北京大学、南京大学、复旦大学、浙江大学、重庆大学、华东师范大学、上海社会科学院以及国立政治大学聘任为名誉教授。他还是海德堡大学和柏林自由大学的访问教授。柯伟林教授是美国人文与科学学院的院士。

研究兴趣:跨文化/跨国境;教育;全球政府和商业;网络