Serving as a dialogue platform for CUEB School of Business Administration, the first business administration research workshop kicked off on March 22nd, at which Fang Lee Cooke, associate dean of Monash Business School, presented her paper — “Mining with a high-end strategy: A study of Chinese mining firms in Africa and human resources implications”.
Chinese enterprises’ business activities in Africa are of great interest to the academia. Fang Lee Cooke held that most of the existing researches focus on the motives of Chinese enterprises’ investment in Africa while little on their corporate strategies and human resource management models. Therefore, together with colleagues, she conducted a field study on 4 Chinese mining firms with focuses on the motives and strategies of their global expansion as well as human resource management models, greatly enlarging the international management spectrum by bringing insight into the strategies and management practices of Chinese state-owned multinational mining firms. In addition, she also encouraged young scholars to better apply 3Ms to their papers, namely, Multiple Level, Multiple Theories and Multiple Data Sources that prevail in international journals. Later, Fang Lee Cooke had discussions with participants.