ECMI - China Management Improvement




This is the personal site of Professor Paolo Urio


It takes the place of the Europe-China Management Improvement Foundation site (ECMI)


ECMI - China Management Improvement ECMI foundation has been set up in July 2001 to improve mutual understanding and to enhance Europe-China socio-economic cooperation.

Since 1998 the founders of ECMI have organised several training programmes for Chinese senior civil servants and Party cadres at all levels of government, especially within the Sino-Swiss Management Training Programme in the Public Sector of China, resorting to several hundreds individual and training organisations both in the private and the public sectors; experts.

At the end of 2011 ECMI foundation has decided to discontinue its activities due to a change in the professional orientation of the members of its Board of Management.

This decision has been approved by ECMI’s supervisory body, i.e. the Swiss Federal Department of the Interior. Prof. Urio has accepted to continue to develop the cooperation with Chinese Universities and official authorities on a personal basis.

During the last years of activity ECMI foundation had already re-oriented its activities, by focusing less on training programmes, and more on the cooperation with outstanding Chinese universities, namely Tsinghua and Renmin in Beijing. This has resulted in the publication of several books and articles:

  • Reconciling State, Market, and Society in China. The Long March towards Prosperity, London and New York, Routledge, 2010
  • Public Private Partnerships. Success and Failure Factors in Transition Countries, Lanham (MD) and New York, UPA (University Press of America), with a chapter on China, 2010 (editor)
  • China, the West, and the Myth of New Public Management. Neoliberalism and its Discontents, London and New York, Routledge, 2012
  • "Reinventing Chinese Society, Economy and Polity: A Very Short History and Interpretation of China’s Reforms”, Politics and Society, Special Issues of Journal of Central China Normal University, Wuhan, Vol 1, no. 2, September 2013, pp. 1-39
  • “Zěnyàng héngliáng xīn gōnggòng guǎnlǐ duì shèhuì dài de yǐngxiǎng ?” (How to measure the impact of New Public Management on society), Tànsuǒ (Probe), Chongqing, No. 2, 2014, pp.182-186
  • L’émergence des ONG en Chine, Le changement du rôle de l’Etat-Parti, Berne et New York, Peter Lang, 2014 (avec Yuan Ying)
  • "Shèhuì biàngé yǔ zhōngguó mèng" (Social change and China Dream), Tànsuǒ (Probe), Chongqing, 15 October 2014, pp. 173-181 (translated from the original English version by Ms Zhang Junling)
  • “The Emergence of NGOs in China and the changing role of the Party-State: assessment and future prospects”, China Non-profit Review (English version), Tsinghua University, Beijing, to be published in 2016

Paolo Urio remains faithful to the original goals of the ECMI, i.e. to contribute to the development of a new class of leaders who are committed to:

  • building a more just society,
  • more efficient in the creation and the distribution of wealth,
  • more respectful of the environment
  • and of the aspirations of the Chinese people.

In this site you will find (under “What’s New””) the information given until the end of 2011 by the ECMI foundation site.

Paolo Urio

CV in English

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