Learning & Development

Xiconomics: What we need to know about China today

A short course to give you cutting edge insights – helping you make well informed decisions

Learning objectives:

  • Understand what is happening in China today and China’s growing role in the world.
  • Explore the different geopolitical scenarios that will shape your business decisions.
  • Identify what Western companies need to do; how their strategies need to change; and how to maintain effective HQ / China relations.

Register your interest in joining the next course in Autumn 2023.

“Now more than ever, business success in China means both understanding the broader social, political and historical context, and dealing with uncertainty. Drawing on their extensive experience, the authors describe how China is evolving and then lay out the strategic options and capabilities that companies need to succeed. This book is a must.”

Catherine Bradley CBE

Non-executive director of several international companies, including: Kingfisher plc, abrdn plc, Johnson Electric and, previously, PSA Peugeot Citroën

Who is it for?

This course is for senior and high-potential leaders responsible for strategy, operations or business development with China.

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Member of the board
  • Business or function head
  • Managing Director
  • Executive Director
  • Senior Political / Policy Leader
  • Senior Government Official
  • Country Head
  • Regional Director

Andrew Cainey

Andrew Cainey has advised businesses and governments on China for over twenty years. He is a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute; a founding director of the UKNCC. He was previously China managing partner of Booz and Company, and led the Asian government advisory activities of Tony Blair Associates and BCG’s Asian Financial Institutions Practice.

Christiane Prange

Christiane Prange is a Professor of Strategy and International Business with universities in Europe and globally. She previously taught at Tongji University and Jiaotong University (Antai College) in China. She also advises multinational companies on their internationalisation and agile strategies.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG KC is a British politician who served in the cabinets of Thatcher and Major from 1986 to 1997 and as chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee from 2010 to 2015. As Foreign Secretary one of his main duties was the final negotiations with China over the transfer of Hong Kong.

Dinner speaker: ‘Geopolitics & China’s rise


Sir Malcolm Rifkind will speak and lead a dinner discussion on ‘Geopolitics & China’s Rise.’ In the following one-day course, authors Andrew Cainey and Christiane Prange will share their insights on what it takes to succeed in China today, where matters of ideology and security have become deeply entwined. The context is more politicised, more uncertain. All this, at a time when western countries are also focusing on decoupling and de-risking. In order to prosper, business leaders and policy-makers need to understand these new international dynamics.

The authors’ book on this topic, ‘Xiconomics: What China’s Dual Circulation Strategy Means for Global Business’, was published on 27 April 2023 by Agenda Publishing.

Peter Williamson, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

‘An invaluable guide for business people and policy makers facing the challenge of mapping out strategies for productive engagement with China going forward.’

Wilf Blackburn, former CEO, Allianz China Life

‘The authors provide a succinct picture of what it means to do business in China today. They provide an in-depth analysis of the intertwined historical, political and economic environment that managers must face up to and highlight the strategy options open to multinational companies. A must-read for everyone who seeks a nuanced understanding of China’s multifaceted business landscape beyond simplistic business headlines.’

Joerg Storm, Global Head IT Infrastructure, Mercedes Benz Mobility

‘This book is an essential immediate read for all senior business leaders with a responsibility for doing business inside China, or with the potential to encounter Chinese influenced businesses elsewhere. The authors deconstruct Xiconomics and their inside track enables them to decode and make Xiconomics accessible to those with a business interest in the potentially enormous benefits and significant risks associated with engaging with China.’