Rob Koepp is a trilingual (English, Chinese, and Japanese) author and consultant based in Beijing. With a career spanning the worlds of commentary and execution in management, economics, finance, and public policy, Rob advises on and writes about a variety of organizations and industries as well as challenges and opportunities for building multi-cultural collaboration. His first book compares models for innovation and entrepreneurship found in California’s Silicon Valley and Europe’s Silicon Fen; his latest book looks at the dynamics of globalization from the perspective of Chinese firms that list on US stock markets.
Rob has particular expertise in the dynamics of creative and knowledge-intensive enterprises. He authored the book Clusters of Creativity: Enduring Lessons on Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Silicon Valley and Europe’s Silicon Fen (John Wiley, 2002), which looks at the underpinning dynamics and key mechanisms of IT and life-science clusters from a global perspective, detailing how high-tech regions and their constituent companies are financed, managed, and generate wealth. Following the success of Clusters, Rob was selected by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology as a report leader in a series of World Bank-sponsored studies on China’s technology park system and reform of China’s national technology industrialization policies.