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LCMC Director receives China Recognition award

02/13/2008 11:45:04

Professor David Brown (left) receiving his award from Mr Andrew Cahn, UKTI CEO
Professor David Brown (left) receiving his award from Mr Andrew Cahn, UKTI CEO

David Brown, Director of the Lancaster China Management Centre (LCMC) and Professor of Strategy and Information Systems, was presented with the North West of England UKTI Greater China Recognition Award 2008 for his personal contribution in building partnerships and fostering Sino-UK relationships, at a special New Year Awards Dinner on Friday February 8th.

Andrew Cahn, Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and Head of the Greater China Strategy & Trade Summit, presented David with a splendid glass plaque and a return flight to China, sponsored by FinnAir.

The event at the City of Manchester stadium was organised by UKTI and the China Britain Business Council to showcase British firms operating in China. The theme was China by Design with a focus on knowledge-led innovation. Sponsored by HSBC and chaired by NWDA Regional Director, Mr Clive Drinkwater it was attended by senior government officials from UKTI, as well as over 200 representatives of business, local government and education.

Introducing the award Clive Drinkwater cited David’s sustained contribution to the development of UK-Sino cooperation in the field of management and business through imaginative and deep educational and business links.

In the case that was made for the award, mention was made of his contribution to the NWDA development of a China strategy; of his directorship of major courses for Chinese officials and managers (most recently including senior officials from the China Youth Centre for International Exchange) and of his contribution to the development of a range of important institutional partnerships in China.

His contribution to the 2007 UK-based Chinese Business Ideas competition and judging panel; his wide ranging seminar and conference papers delivered in both China and the UK; his published articles and papers on China business issues and his leadership of a major Asia-EU project on innovation and entrepreneurship in China and Laos were also cited.

David was delighted to receive the award and said:

“Receiving this award is a great honour and reflects the commitment over 20 years that many of my colleagues in LancasterUniversityManagementSchool have made to try to understand China. Our aim is for every Lancaster management graduate to share the benefits from this long research programme in the world’s most vibrant economy”.

Zetex, which specialises in the production of analog semi-conductors and employs 750 people globally, won the North West of England Greater China Business Award 2008 for companies. It supplies some of the world’s largest electronics companies including Samsung, LG and Sharp.