GW-CIBER Global Business Forum: East Asia’s Role in the New Global Economy

George Washington University | Duques Hall | 2201 G Street, NW | Washington, DC
February 23, 2017

Featured speaker: Henry Yeung

Provost’s Chair and Professor of Economic Geography, Director of the JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre, and Co-Director of the Global Networks Centre, National University of Singapore

Based on his recent book published by Cornell University Press, Strategic Coupling: East Asian Industrial Transformation in the New Global Economy, Professor Yeung will examine economic development and state-firm relations in East Asia, focusing on the region’s emerging role in the new global economy. Drawing from his empirical research on South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore, he argues that global production network dynamics and firm-specific initiatives are critical to the successful industrial transformation of these East Asian economies in the contemporary era. Professor Yeung’s work offers a new perspective on state-firm relations in the changing context of global economic governance in East Asia.

Bio Sketch

Henry W. Yeung (Ph.D., University of Manchester) is Provost’s Chair and Professor of Economic Geography at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Co-Director of the NUS Global Production Networks Centre, and Director of the JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre in the NUS Global Asia Institute.   He is Principal Investigator of the S$4.95 million strategic grant awarded by the NUS to establish the Global Production Networks Centre.  His research interests cover economic globalization, global production networks, East Asian firms, and the political economy of development.  He was a recipient of the NUS Outstanding University Researcher Award (1998) and Outstanding Researcher Award (2008).

Henry’s latest books are Strategic Coupling: East Asian Industrial Transformation in the New Global Economy (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, May 2016) and Global Production Networks: Theorizing Economic Development in an Interconnected World (with Neil Coe, Oxford University Press, Oxford, April 2015).  His previous authored books are: Transnational Corporations and Business Networks (Routledge, 1998), Entrepreneurship and the Internationalisation of Asian Firms (Edward Elgar, 2002), and Chinese Capitalism in a Global Era (Routledge, 2004).  He is also co-author of Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction (with Neil Coe and Phil Kelly, Wiley, 2007/2013).  He has published another 7 edited books, over 90 academic journal articles, and 45 book chapters, and close to 13,000 citations on Google Scholar.


  • Meghana Ayyagari
    Associate Professor of International Business & International Affairs, GWSB

  • Danny Leipziger
    Professor of Practice of International Business & International Affairs, GWSB; Managing Director, Growth Dialogue

  • Yoon Park
    Professor of International Business, GWSB


  • Joseph Cheng
    Research Professor of International Business, GWSB; Director, GW-CIBER


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