Dr Robert Taylor
BA, MSc, PhD (London), MBA (Warwick)
Current Research Projects
Throughout my academic career my research interests have been in the study of the governance and foreign policy of contemporary China. To date this has encompassed three main themes: the development of specialist manpower, China's relations with the industrial powers of Western Europe and Japan, and the conduct of business management in the Chinese states.
I have always regarded bachelors’ degrees in the arts and social sciences as a general education in the humanities, the traditional view which sought to encourage mental discipline in preparation for leadership in employment after graduation. In teaching and organising Chinese Studies I have not insisted on any division between the various elements taught at SEAS, thus casting myself as a sinologist rather than a specialist in, for example, China’s business management or foreign policy. In tandem with in-house teaching, I have been involved in supervising modules on the SEAS Distance Learning Programme,, where candidates have been directly involved as practitioners in East Asia. This has provided insights of value not only to teachers but in-house students. While not offering vocational training or acting as a service industry, I have believed it important that Chinese Studies should emphasise a practical orientation, introducing students to issues they may face in employment after graduation.
Research SupervisionRobert Taylor welcomes applications to undertake theses in the following areas: Chinese foreign policy, Chinese Business Management, Chinese Government, FDI in China.
PhDs supervisedS Pan, "Asia Pacific Co-operation and Regionalism in the World of Globalisation and Regionalisation" (PhD Degree awarded, 1998)
Y J Wang, "Sino-Japanese Joint Ventures" (PhD Degree awarded, 1995)
L K Hsiao, "Taiwan's Foreign Policy in the 1990s: The Pre-Theory Approach" (PhD Degree awarded, 1999)
W Zhang, "China's Sustainable Development" (PhD Degree awarded, 2000)
S H Kong, "Explaining Organizational Culture in Mainland China through Selected Firms in Guangdong Province" (PhD Degree awarded, 2000)
List of Major PublicationsBooks
Greater China and Japan (London, Routledge, 1996).
China, Japan and the European Community (London, Athlone, 1990).
The Sino-Japanese Axis (London, Athlone, 1985)
China's Intellectual Dilemma (Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 1981)
Education and University Enrolment Policies in China, 1949-1971 (Canberra, Australian National University Press, 1973).
'China's Emerging Markets: Investment Strategies of Taiwan's Companies', pp. 131-50 in S Dzever and J Jaussard (ed), China and India: Economic Performance and Business Strategies of Firms in the Mid-1990s (London, Macmillan Press Limited, 1999)
'Chinese Macroeconomic Reforms and the Japanese Model: Implications for Japanese Companies', pp. 157-71 in S Dzever and J Jaussard (ed), Perspectives on Economic Integration and Business Strategy in the Asia - Pacific Region (London, Macmillan Press Limited, 1997)
Chinese Labour Legislation: Implications for Competitiveness, Asia –Pacific Business Review, (2011) 4:493-510.
China’s Developing Infrastructure: the Impact of Globalisation, Transition Studies Review, (2010) 17:668-685.
'China's Consumer Revolution: Distribution Reform, Foreign Investment and the Impact of the WTO, Asian Business and Management, 2,2 (2003): 187-204.
'Globalisation Strategies of Chinese Companies: Current Developments and Future Prospects, Asian Business and Management, 1, 2 (2002): 209-225.
'Japan's Role in China's Economic Transformation since 1978', Journal of Far Eastern Business 1, 2 (1995): 13-33.
'The New Chinese Consumer: Potential Markets for Foreign Companies', Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 6, 2 (1995): 101-112.
'The Emergence of a Consumer Market in China', Asia-Pacific Business Review, 2, 1 (1995): 37-49.
'China's Policy towards the Asia-Pacific', Journal of the Royal Society of Asian Affairs, XXV, Part III (1994): 259-69.
'Sino-Japanese Trading Relations: Contemporary Perspectives', Stirling Occasional Papers, No 3 (1992).
'The EEC and China : Long Term Prospects of Trade and Investment', Euro-Asia Business Review, 2, 4 (1983): 6-10.
'Sino-Japanese Relations', Perspectives on Japan, 4 (1982): 9-13.
'Political Change and Development Strategy in China: Problems and Prospects', New Zealand International Review, II (1979): 27-29.
'China's Economic Strategy and Foreign Policy in the Post-Mao Era', New Zealand International Review, II (1977): 27-29.