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CHEN XIAO YUE AND CANADA--by Paul Beamish (包铭心)  

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Chen Xiao Yue and Canada

by Paul Beamish (包铭心)

Professor, Ivey Business School

London, Canada

 

Many people in China are not aware that Chen Xiao Yue spent almost one and a half years in Canada.  The wonderful friendships he established there with me and many others were ones which would flourish for over two decades. Let me share a few remembrances, as his Canadian “brother”.

Xiao Yue first came to the Ivey Business School at The University of Western Ontario in London Canada as a visiting scholar in the 1980s.  He was sent by Tsinghua as part of a Canadian International Development Agency sponsored initiative by which major Canadian business schools assisted in the development of business schools in China.  At the time, I was Director of our China program, so we had numerous interactions.

From the beginning, he insisted everyone call him by his surname Chen because it was easier for Westerners to read and pronounce.  Being practical was a trait of his that was always evident.  When we reviewed the sort of courses, and course content, we could make available, he immediately gravitated to the Introductory material.  “This is what China needs at this point.  Later it will be able to use the more sophisticated content,” he said.

By the early 1990s, Chen was back in China and in 1992 our first jointly authored book was published.  It was a collection of case studies, in Chinese, about International Joint Ventures.  It was published by Tsinghua University Press.   

We went on to co-author or co-edit two more books; the translation of my English language international business textbook in 1999, and in 2001, an Anthology from the Journal of International Business Studies.  Both were published in Chinese by China Machine Press / Huazhang Graphics Company.  During this same period, Chen played a major role in helping to facilitate the publication of a 16 book series of Ivey cases (in English) for the China market in 1998, and 16 books of Ivey cases (in Chinese) in 1999.  His role in the 3+16+16=35 books represents an enormous contribution to the economic development of China.  It is a major legacy.

By the end of 1990s, Chen and I had been close friends for a decade.  My wife and four children had enjoyed immensely his visits to our home, and he had taken the time to show them around Beijing when they visited there.  I could share 100 stories, all of which would bring a smile to my face.  There was total trust between us, which also meant we could pursue joint initiatives on behalf of our respective institutions with total candor, without having to worry about contracts.  Total trust is important to all interactions, and not something ever to be taken for granted.  Chen was a man you could trust.

We continued to work together on various projects over the next decade.  I have visited China every year for over 25 years.  Every time I made the long flight, it was the meeting with my Chinese “brother” Chen Xiao Yue which I looked forward to the most.  And this is what I shall miss the most in the future.

 

Paul W. Beamish

Canada Research Chair in International Business

Director, Ivey Publishing

Director, Engaging Emerging Markets Centre

Director, Asian Management Institute

Richard Ivey School of Business

The University of Western Ontario

 

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