Henning Kristoffersen Keynote Speaker

  • Expert in cross-cultural communication in business management
  • Author of a best-selling book on Chinese business culture
  • Has conducted extensive research on how Western business leadership models function in a Chinese environment

Biography

Henning Kristoffersen is an expert in cross-cultural communication in business management. He is a principal consultant at Det Norske Veritas, one of the leading risk management companies in the world.

Henning was previously the head of the Nordic Centre at Fudan University in Shanghai, and director for International Relations BI Norwegian School of Management. His experience with business in China includes entrepreneurship and trading as well as consulting and teaching in BI’s MBA programme with the School of Management at Fudan. He has recently published the 2nd edition of the book “The New China – Chinese trade, culture and politics”.

Henning recently completed a research project on how to improve cross-cultural communication between operations in Europe and China. His findings are based on interviews with Chinese, Scandinavian, and German managers and employees. He coauthored an article published in the Scandinavian Journal of Management about western leadership development and Chinese managers. As part of the study, 171 Chinese MBA students gave their thoughts on if, and how, Western theories of leadership are useful in their business environment. The study incorporated elements of both Chinese philosophy and Western leadership theories, and concluded that leadership development techniques.

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