Lecture: "Visible and Invisible Hands in China: State, Market, and Private Enterprise in Historical Perspective"


Location: DeBartolo Hall 126

The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) and the University of Notre Dame Department of History are pleased to announce a jointly-sponsored public lecture by Elisabeth Köll, Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management unit at the Harvard Business School, titled “Visible and Invisible Hands in China: State, Market, and Private Enterprise in Historical Perspective.”

In addition to her public lecture, Professor Köll will offer an undergraduate seminar to students in the Departments of East Asian Languages and Culture, Economics, History, and Political Science. Drawing on her own experiences and accomplishments, Professor Köll will also engage women Ph.D. students and post-docs on the subject of strategies for achieving success as a woman academic during a luncheon on Friday.

Professor Köll will join the University of Notre Dame faculty, in the Department of History, beginning in the fall of 2015. Her teaching has integrated business and history and includes entrepreneurial management and global business history, the Immersion Experience Program in China that she leads annually, and an elective course, “Doing Business in China.” Her research focuses on the managerial, legal, and financial evolution of firms and the role of entrepreneurship in China throughout the twentieth century to the present. She is the author of From Cotton Mill to Business Enterprise: The Emergence of Regional Enterprises in Modern China (Harvard University Press, 2003). Her current research involves a project on the development of Chinese railroads as infrastructure and business institutions and their significance to the economic and political interests of the Chinese state.

She has received grants from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation and the Research Foundation of Japanese Banks in Tokyo. In 2005 she received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) that allowed her to pursue her research work in Shanghai, Jinan, Tianjin, Guangzhou and Hong Kong for a year. From 2004 to 2006 she served as elected president of the Historical Society for 20th-Century China (HSTCC).

Questions regarding Professor’s Köll’s lecture may be directed to Carolyn Sherman, at the NDIAS (csherman@nd.edu).

Questions about Professor Koll in the Department of History may be directed to Professor Patrick Griffin, Chair, Department of History (patrick.griffin@nd.edu).