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 2021-2022 Fall Semester

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




Title of presentation


Hanming Fang

University of Pennsylvania, Economics

Anti-Corruption Campaign, Stereotyping, and the Resurgence of the SOEs:  Evidence from China's Real Estate Sector


Hongbin Li

Stanford University

Can Elite College Education Change One's Fate in China?

9/28/2021; 5:00pm Pacific Time

John Matsusaka

USC Marshall School of Business

Street-Level Responsiveness of City Governments in China, Germany, and the United States


Hai Lu 

University of Toronto

Inside the “Black Box” of Corporate ESG Practice: Field Evidence from China


Yue Hou

University of Pennsylvania, Political Science

Ethnic Discrimination in Criminal Sentencing in China


Lei Li 

University of Mannheim, Dept of Economics

Who Pays the Tariffs? the Case of the US-China Trade War


Frank Zhang

Yale School of Management 

Earnings management via not-wholly-owned subsidiaries


Peter Murmann 

University of St. Gallen

The Management Transformation of Huawei


Chenggang Xu

Imperial College London 

Judicial Slant and Private Sector: Evidence from China


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