Department of International Relations Academic Lecture: Innovation, leadership and culture in China



Innovation, leadership and culture in China

Innovation is seen as critical to China moving from a middle income to a more prosperous society. There is much debate about whether and how China can become more innovative, in particular whether a more open society is a pre-requisite. The talk will outline the innovation challenge facing Chinese organisations and China’s comparative positioning internationally. It explores how Chinese culture, the role of government and other factors influence innovation positively and negatively. It concludes that while China has many of the ‘hard’ tangible resources needed for innovation, there is a major challenge in the less tangible ‘soft’ side, in particular leadership in organisations.


Professor Martin Lockett

Professor Martin Lockett’s career brings together the academic and business worlds. After 13 years’ research and teaching in leading British universities (Cambridge, Open University, Imperial College, Oxford), he spent 16 years in a variety of senior business roles including general management, strategy consulting, business development, and management of major change programmes. This included working for John Lewis, KPMG, American Management Systems, Sapient and Arthur D Little with experience in Europe, Asia, US, Middle East and Africa. He then moved back to the academic world at Ashridge Business School where he became Dean of Academic Development. This included leading the international development of Ashridge, managing international partners and agents; obtaining degree awarding powers and maintaining and improving Ashridge’s business school triple accreditation. He then designed and led the academic integration of Ashridge and Hult International Business School, with campuses in the US, UK, Middle East and China. In 2017, he moved to his current role as Dean of the Faculty of Business at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC).