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Denis Simon

Clinical Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


CB 3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Denis Simon is an expert on international business and technology. Hhas more than four decades of experience studying business, competition, innovation and technology strategy innovation in China.

He is director of corporate partnerships at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. His goal is to develop cooperative alliances with top companies to support education and research at UNC Kenan-Flagler

Dr. Simon’s extensive publications include books and articles on business, innovation and technology issues in China and the Pacific Rim. He is the author of several books including “Corporate Strategies Towards the Pacific Rim,” “Techno-Security in an Age of Globalization” and “China’s Emerging Technological Edge: Assessing the Role of High-End Talent.”

Dr. Simon served as professor of the practice at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and executive vice chancellor of Duke Kunshan University in China (2015-2020). He supported the establishment of the Innovation Research and Training Center.

He was a founding member the Experts Group of the US-China Innovation Dialogue organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and China’s Ministry of Science & Technology. He served as a special adviser to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on intellectual property rights issues in U.S.-China relations. He also was a member of the IBM-sponsored project Innovation Outlook 2.0 and 3.0 and served on the U.S. Council on Competitiveness as an expert dealing with China and international innovation issues. 

Dr. Simon previously served as senior adviser on China and global affairs in the Office of the President at Arizona State University; vice provost for international affairs at the University of Oregon; and professor of international affairs at Penn State University’s School of International Affairs. 

He served as general manager of Andersen Consulting in Beijing (now Accenture) and was founding president of Monitor Group China.

He earned his PhD and MA from the University of California, Berkeley and his BA from the State University of New York.