Innovative to the Core: Stories from China and the World

Juan Antonio Fernandez, Emily M. David, Shaohui Chen

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Based on extensive interviews with industry leaders, Innovative to the Core: Stories from China and the World describes the components of innovative cultures, including both national culture and organizational culture and how they compare to the China model.

Distinguishing between innovation and related concepts, chapters detail how talent management, leader behaviors, organizational systems, and company culture must combine and interact to create environments that are innovative to the core. Innovative to the Core displays how most innovative countries and companies are led by visionary and entrepreneurial servant leaders and have agile cultures that feature psychological safety, open communication, and diversity.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages252
ISBN (Print)9781804550847
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2022

Author information

Juan Antonio Fernandez is Professor of Management at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai, China. Prof. Fernandez specializes in leadership, teaching courses on charisma, change, leading self and others, and the art of living.

Emily M. David is Associate Professor of Management at CEIBS. Dr. David’s research on diversity and prosocial employee behavior has been published in over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles in prestigious outlets such as the Journal of Management Studies, Personnel Psychology, and Human Relations.

Shaohui (Sophie) Chen is Professor of Management Practice at CEIBS and a core member of the CEIBS Healthcare Sector Research Centre, serving as Program Director of the Advanced Management Programme, a flagship executive education program. Dr. Chen has been active in providing management training, leadership coaching, and consulting services for Chinese companies and organizations.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Section I. Innovation at the Country Level
Chapter 2. Innovation Around the World
Chapter 3. Innovation in China
Chapter 4. The Impact of the Government on Innovation in China and the World
Section II. Organizations That are Innovative to the Core
Chapter 5. Culture Matters
Chapter 6. Agile Organizational Norms and Systems
Chapter 7. Attracting and Cultivating Innovative Talent
Chapter 8. Leading for Innovation: Being a Servant and an Entrepreneur
Chapter 9. Transformation to Becoming Innovative to the Core
Chapter 10. Conclusion


  • China
  • World
  • innovation
  • Organization
  • Transformation
  • Entrepreneur
  • Culture
  • China and World


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