The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has launched the Knowledge Transfer Forum (the Forum) to provide a platform for matching the expertise and research outputs of eminent business scholars with global companies.
Knowledge transfer has long been a strong DNA strand of PolyU that strives to bring together teaching, research, and real-life application as its core missions. Established by PolyU Faculty of Business (FB), the Forum aims to generate exchanges and potential partnerships between academics and businesses to translate knowledge and research into commercial applications that foster economic and social development.
The Forum will feature important business themes such as Belt and Road financing, smart city governance, FinTech, AccounTech, RegTech, port coordination in the Greater Bay Area, etc. and will invite renowned scholars from PolyU and other global top business schools, industry experts and business leaders to speak in the monthly symposium. Through the Forum, PolyU hopes to facilitate business matching and knowledge transfer.
The inaugural symposium - “Star Professors X Top Business Management” of the Forum, hosted by the School of Accounting and Finance, was staged on 13 and 14 December on PolyU campus. Distinguished speakers including Professor Mark Grinblatt from UCLA Anderson School of Management, Professor Shiva Rajgopal from Columbia Business School and Professor Karthik Ramanna from University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government delivered speeches on “Efficient and Inefficient Pricing of Stocks in Markets around the World”, “Looking Under the Hood: Fundamental Analysis Done Right”, and “Economic Nationalism in the US: Causes and Implications for the US-China Trade War” respectively.
Addressing the opening of the symposium, Professor Edwin Cheng, Dean of FB and Fung Yiu King – Wing Hang Bank Professor in Business Administration, said, "The Forum is one of the many initiatives FB is pursuing to facilitate knowledge transfer and promote greater synergy in academic and business sectors. FB has set clear goals in deepening University-industry-community collaborations in the coming six years. We hope we can work closely with the industry to generate positive impacts in business education and international business management in the face of globalisation."
Professor Agnes Cheng, Head of the School of Accounting and Finance, said despite a surging growth in the number of large-scale international Chinese firms over the past decade, many are facing great uncertainty and challenges amidst global keen competition. "The many excellent research outputs and expertise of scholars avail the firms to expedite their global development. Yet, many of such matching chances are yet to be explored outside the academia. The Forum is aiming to bridge this gap."
According to the principal coordinator of the Forum, Professor Haitian Lu, who is also the Associate Dean for External Relations and Development of PolyU Faculty of Business, the inaugural symposium covered nine innovative and interdisciplinary research projects presented by FB's scholars. The presentations combined accounting and finance with societal concerns such as climate change, corporate social responsibility, cyber security, psychology and alternative investment strategies.
The symposium attracted 150 on-site participants and reached 100,000 real-time audience via live streaming. Private consultations by the star professors were arranged for management team from China Everbright Ltd., Ernst & Young and Golden Concord Holdings Ltd.
Acknowledgments to Hezheng Group as chief sponsor and Grapea & Co. as wine sponsor of the symposium.
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