Faculty in the Spotlight – April 2012

For the next two weeks, Professor Xiao Chuan Lian and Professor Kirsten Sandberg will be coordinating a comprehensive training session for 17 publishing executives from the China South Publishing & Media Group.

The China South Publishing & Media Group (http://www.zncmjt.com/), located in Hunan Province, China, is one of the major media conglomerates in China, with 20 companies under the umbrella. Its businesses include book, magazine, and newspaper publishing, distribution, printing, and online media.

According to Professor Sandberg, “The overarching theme of the two-week program is digital transformation, specifically the transformation of business models, value chains, publishing processes, and individual roles within the industry. We have asked our guest lecturers—several of them top executives of the digital publishing units of Dow Jones, Wiley, McGraw-Hill, and Elsevier—to explain how their organizations changed to leverage digital technology and how they developed and are using new digital capabilities in all areas of the business. We will compare and contrast organizational structures and publishing strategies across the industry, and we expect to use case studies as a means of generating a meaningful dialogue between East and West publishing executives.”

It will be an interesting and thought-provoking two weeks!


The guests in the group and the organizations they come from are as follows:

From Hunan People’s Publishing House: Mo Yan, Editorial Director; Li Shengxiao, Deputy General Manager; Li Xiongwei, Deputy General Manager

From Hunan Literature & Art Publishing House: Chen Xinwen, Deputy General Manager; Gong Xianghai, Deputy General Manager

From Yuelu Publishing House: Yi Yanzhe, General Manager; Zeng Deming, Deputy General Manager

From Hunan Science and Technology Publishing House: Xu Wei, Deputy General Manager

From Hunan Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House: Li Fang, Editor-in-Chief of HUAHUO Magazine; Wu Shuangying, Editorial Director

From Hunan Fine Arts Publishing House: Huang Xiao, Deputy General Manager

From Hunan Electronic and Audio-Visual Publishing House: Yang Lin, General Manager

From China South Publishing & Media Group Headquarters: She Lu, Vice Director of Industrial Operation Centre; Liu Yiming, Executive Director of New Media Department; He Zhengju, Vice Director of New Media Department; Hu Changhua, Executive Director of New Media Department; Cui Can, Executive Director of Publishing Department


Xiao Chuan Lian is currently serving as Senior Staff Associate and an adjunct lecturer in the M.S. in Publishing Program at Pace University. Prof. Lian holds an MBA in International Business and an MS in Publishing from Pace University, and also received a Paralegal Certificate from New York University and a BA in Library Science from Wuhan University, China. He also attended the Denver Publishing Institute.  Before working and teaching at Pace University, Prof. Lian worked as the Copyright & Permission Administrator at Springer Science + Business Media. Currently, Prof. Lian is teaching two courses in the publishing program: PUB 628: Marketing Principles and Practices in Publishing, and PUB 622G: Seminar in Books and Magazines: Digital Issues in Publishing. His research interests include digital publishing, marketing, STM publishing, copyright, and the history of publishing.  Last year, Professor Lian visited Hunan Province and presented a talk on “Digital Publishing Today.”  Prof. Lian was a founding member and a professor in the Publishing Science Department, School of Information Management at Wuhan University, China.

Kirsten Sandberg specializes in emerging market publishing and organizational knowledge management and publication. She is currently senior consultant at China Europe International Business School Publishing Group based in Shanghai. A former executive editor at Harvard Business School Publishing Corp, she helped to open HBSP’s India office. Relevant to the Hunan program, she published two of the most influential books in the digital transformation of content-rich industries, both international bestsellers. The first, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy (1998), by Carl Shapiro and Hal Varian (now chief economist of Google), is considered the playbook of digital publishing strategy; and the second, Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance (1998), by Larry Downes and Chunka, was the first trade business book available in its entirety for free online, simultaneously with the hardcover edition. The Wall Street Journal selected it as one of the five best books ever on the Internet.