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China's Belt and Road Initiative

Changing the Rules of Globalization

  • Wenxian Zhang
  • Ilan Alon
  • Christoph Lattemann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Ilan Alon, Wenxian Zhang, Christoph Lattemann
    Pages 1-13
  3. Contextual Overview of the Belt and Road Initiative

  4. Regional and Geopolitical Perspectives

  5. International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, and BRI

  6. Financial, Legal, and Cultural Perspectives on BRI

About this book


Since the introduction of the One Belt, One Road initiative (OBOR), first proposed in late 2013, international scholars have begun to study this new policy and its implications in the global age. While OBOR provides new opportunities for China in terms of regional cooperation and global development, many also raise concerns about China’s intentions of using economic means to achieve strategic and foreign policy objectives. Hailing from the West and the East, the authors reflect on the wide-ranging impacts of OBOR on specific countries, regions, economic policies, and geopolitical considerations. Including both theoretical research and empirical studies that explore opportunities and challenges related to OBOR, this edited volume will allow readers to gain a more comprehensive understanding of this ambitious undertaking and its long-term impact on the rest of the world.


OBO OBOR global development Chinese economy chinese foreign policy chinese business BRI

Editors and affiliations

  • Wenxian Zhang
    • 1
  • Ilan Alon
    • 2
  • Christoph Lattemann
    • 3
  1. 1.Rollins CollegeWinter Park, FLUSA
  2. 2.School of Business & LawUniversity of AgderKristiansandNorway
  3. 3.Jacobs UniversityBremenGermany

About the editors

Wenxian Zhang is a member of Rollins College faculty, and a recipient of the Cornell Distinguished Faculty Service Award, as well as an Arthur Vining Davis Fellow. His recent books include China Visualized by Americans and The Entrepreneurial and Business Elites of China.

Ilan Alon is Professor of Strategy and International Marketing at the University of Agder, Norway, and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Emerging Markets and European Journal of International Management. Previously, he was visiting scholar at Georgetown University, Harvard University and both the University of International Business and Economics and JiaoTong University in China.  Ilan is the President of the Chinese Globalization Association and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 30 books including China Rules: Globalization and Political Transformation

Christoph Lattemann is Professor of Business Administration and Information Management at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. He is the Director of the Jacobs Center for the Research on China and Globalization, Vice-Director of the Confucius Institute Bremen, and Vice President of the Chinese Globalization Association. Previously a visiting scholar at Harvard University and Stanford University, Christoph has published over 150 scientific publications and ten books. He is currently senior editor for the International Journal of Emerging Markets.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title China's Belt and Road Initiative
  • Book Subtitle Changing the Rules of Globalization
  • Editors Wenxian Zhang
    Ilan Alon
    Christoph Lattemann
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies of Internationalization in Emerging Markets
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies of Internationalization in Emerging Markets
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-75434-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09229-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-75435-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVIII, 358
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Asian Business
    Business Strategy/Leadership
    Emerging Markets/Globalization
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“The book is a fine collection of papers, well put together and with a general thematic coherence. In fact, the anthology is thought-provoking, well-researched and good read. For those researching international business, political science, international relations, foreign direct investment, development studies, and Chinese economics, the book is an excellent addition to the growing literature on the the BRI .” (Saleh Shahriar, Intellectual discourse, Vol. 27 (1), 2019)

“A veritable cornucopia of a research agenda for IB scholarship.” (Peter J Buckley, Journal of International Business Studies, November 28, 2019)