William C. Kirby

William C. Kirby

Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration
T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies
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William C. Kirby is T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. Professor Kirby serves as Chairman of the Harvard China Fund and served as Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies from 2006-2013. He also serves as Faculty Chair of the Harvard Center Shanghai since 2014.

A historian of modern China, Professor Kirby's work examines China's business, economic, and political development in an international context.  He has written on the evolution of modern Chinese business (state-owned and private); Chinese corporate law and company structure; the history of freedom in China; the international socialist economy of the 1950s; relations across the Taiwan Strait; and China's relations with Europe and America.  His current projects include case studies of contemporary Chinese businesses and a comparative study of higher education in China, Europe, and the United States.

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