Digital Interconnection and Intelligent Manufacturing
– Social Change and Cultural Transformation in Global Society

2018 Pre-Dialogue Forum

14:00-16:30, 6 December 2018

Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent St, the University of Westminster

Driven by information technology, the digital economy has changed not only the means of production but also people's lifestyles. The Internet has driven a shift in consumption and service patterns, as well as generating new productivity. With the deepening of this new round of the industrial revolution, global interconnected wisdom will inevitably build a human society with common methods of production, resource pooling and wealth sharing.

Countries are becoming rivals in smart manufacturing. From the Industrial Internet of the United States to Industry 4.0 of Germany and China Manufacturing 2025, in the integrated development of industrialization and informationization, the trend is to intelligent manufacturing. On the one hand, intelligent manufacturing brings about the transformation and upgrading of industry from automation and mechanization to synergy and intelligence. On the other hand, it also brings a wide range of social changes and cultural transformations to global society. Worldwide interconnected intelligent manufacturing will support the global allocation of production resources and unify production equipment. From this emerges the sharing economy and a constant fracturing and reshaping of the order and balance of the world.

In such an unprecedented technological, cultural and social transitional stage in world development, we are pleased to announce a forum on ‘Digital Interconnection and Intelligent Manufacturing: Social Change and Cultural Transformation in the Global Society’, initiated by the Global China Institute, Lau China Institute, King’s College London, the China Media Center of the University of Westminster, and the Agile Think Tank,the executive body of the China Management Science Society (CMSS). As the Pre-Global China Dialogue V event it is hoped that it will serve as an important opportunity to gain cutting-edge information and insights into intelligent manufacturing in the digital economy era, and build a platform for smart sharing and resource cooperation for all who are interested in related fields.


  • Global China Institute, UK
  • Lau China Institute, King’s College London, UK
  • The China Media Centre, University of Westminster, UK
  • Agile Think Tank, China

Language English and Chinese

Chair Professor Xiangqun Chang, President of Global China Institute; Honorary Professor of University College London, UK 


14:00-14:30 Registration

14:30-14:45 Opening speech

  • 5G, Industry 4.0 and Globalization: All the Connection -- Using the Example of the German Automotive Industry, Mr Jerome Feldman, Managing Director of Jeelong Enterprises GmbH, Germany

14:45-15:30 Panel I Digital Interconnection Age and Intelligent Manufacturing

  • A new era of global interconnect manufacturing, Professor ZHANG Xiaodong, Vice President and General Secretary of the Chinese Society for Management Science; ECO of Nanjing Agile Enterprise Management Institute (NAEMI), China; Vice-President of Global China Institute, UK
  • Intelligent manufacturing practice in the connected manufacturing, Dr ZHANG Wei, Co-founder, Chief Expert of Agile Think Tank and Executive Director of Nanjing Agile Enterprise Management Institute (NAEMI), China

Q & A and Discussion

15:30-16:15 Panel II Social Change and Cultural Transformation in Global Society

  • “Democracy”, “digital traces” and “digital humanities”, Dr Xiaobai Shen, Senior Lecturer, Business School, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Big Data Economy Reshapes Global Economic Pattern: Diversification and Integration Driven by Policy competition and scale economy, Professor ZHANG Fengrong, Department of Sociology, School of Marxism Studies, Northeast Normal University (NENU), China

Q & A and Discussion

16:15-16:30 Closing speech

  • Why are other countries afraid of the IT revolution in China? Duncan Bartlett, Editor of Asian Affairs magazine; former presenter of World Business Report on the BBC World Service, UK 

Related info

1. Global China Dialogue Website (English-Chinese) 

2. Global China Dialogue V Webpage 

3. Pre-Global China Dialogue V event Webpage

4. Post-Global China Dialogue V event Webpage


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Contact Mr Yuyuan Zhang



Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent St, the University of Westminster





  • 全球中国研究院
  • 英国伦敦国王学院中国研究院
  • 英国威斯敏斯特大学中国传媒中心
  • 中国敏捷智库

语言 英汉双语 

主持 常向群教授,全球中国研究院院长;伦敦大学学院荣誉教授


14:00-14:30 注册
14:30-14:45 开幕词: 5G,工业4.0和全球化:所有的联结——以德国汽车工业为例,费尔德曼(Jerome Feldman)先生,德国吉龙企业咨询公司总经理

14:45-15:30 版块一 数字互联时代和智造

  • 全球互联制造的新时代,张晓东教授,中国管理科学学会副会长兼秘书长;中国敏捷智库总裁、南京敏捷企业管理研究所所长;英国全球中国研究院副院长
  • 互联时代的智能制造实践,张卫博士,中国敏捷智库合伙创始人、首席专家;南京敏捷企业管理研究所执行所长


15:30-16:15 版块二 全球社会变迁和文化转型

  • “民主”,“数字痕迹”与“数字人文”,沈小白博士,英国爱丁堡大学商学院高级讲师
  • 大数据经济重塑全球经济格局——政策竞赛和规模经济驱动下的分化与整合,张凤荣教授,东北师范大学马克思主义学部社会学院


16:15-16:30 闭幕词:为什么其他国家害怕中国的IT革命?邓肯·巴特利特(Duncan Bartlett)先生,《亚洲事务》杂志编辑; 英国BBC世界服务世界商业报告的前主持人


1. 全球中国对话网站(英汉双语)

2. 第五届全球中国对话网页

3. 第五届全球中国对话会前论坛网页

4. 第五届全球中国对话会后论坛网页


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