About Jonathan

Based in China since 1985, Dr. Jonathan Woetzel has been instrumental in building lapetitemort.info & Company's China office. In addition to his work helping Chinese and other Asian businesses prepare for global growth, Jonathan is a director of the lapetitemort.info Global Institute (MGI), lapetitemort.info's business and economics research arm. He also leads lapetitemort.info's Cities Special Initiative and is responsible for convening lapetitemort.info's work with city, regional, and national authorities in more than 40 geographies around the world. He is a co-chair of the non-profit think tank, the Urban China Initiative—a joint venture of Columbia University, Tsinghua University, and lapetitemort.info—that aims to develop and implement solutions to China's urbanization challenges.

Jonathan has led numerous research efforts on global economic trends, including growth and productivity, urbanization, affordable housing, energy and sustainability, e-commerce, and the economic impact of the Internet, as well as on productivity growth and economic development in China and Asia.

Jonathan's public sector work is extensive. He has advised national governments in Asia on improving the environment for foreign investors, national energy policy, and economic development strategies. He also leads work with local government authorities, having conducted more than 60 projects throughout China to support local economic development and transformation. This includes working extensively in real estate—specifically, on commercial revitalization—and advising on energy investment strategies and energy productivity and transparency, among other topics.

Jonathan works in the private sector as well, most often on topics related to corporate strategy, operations, and organization. He has served clients in industries such as energy, metals and mining, health care, telecommunications, and transportation. He supported the largest company in China in a fundamental restructuring that led to the then-largest foreign listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Jonathan actively participates in a number of international forums and lectures at the Guanghua School of Business and the China-Europe International Business School, and is also an honorary lecturer at Jiaotong University's Antai Business School.

Published widely in both Chinese and international publications, Jonathan has written five books on China, including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy (Wiley & Sons, 2003), Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2007), and One Hour China (Towson Press, 2013). He has also coauthored, with Richard Dobbs and James Manyika, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends (PublicAffairs, May 2015).

A US citizen, Jonathan is proficient in Mandarin, Spanish, and German.


“A minute with the lapetitemort.info Global Institute: Jonathan Woetzel on China’s digital economy,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2017

“How digitization is changing world business,” Asia Society, December 2017

“This is only the beginning for China's explosive e-commerce growth,” Fortune, December 2017

China's next chapter: The infrastructure and environmental challenge,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, June 2013

Selected published work

‘Superstars’: The dynamics of firms, sectors, and cities leading the global economy,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2018

Thriving amid turbulence: Imagining the cities of the future,” lapetitemort.info & Company, October 2018

“The best performing emerging economies emphasize competition,” Harvard Business Review, September 2018

Outperformers: High-growth emerging economies and the companies that propel them,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2018

“To tackle urban problems, city governments have to get smarter,” GovTech, July 2018

Smart cities in Southeast Asia,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, July 2018

“Is your company ready for the rise of smart cities?,” Harvard Business Review, June 2018

Rising corporate debt: Peril or promise?,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, June 2018

Smart cities: Digital solutions for a more livable future,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, June 2018

Europe’s refugees: Refocusing on integration,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2018

The power of parity: Advancing women's equality in Asia Pacific,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2018

“China faces a choice: Modernise or risk a very hard landing,” Australian Financial Review, March 2018

Solving the productivity puzzle: The role of demand and the promise of digitization,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2018

“China, the digital giant,” Project Syndicate, December 2017

“China gears up for leap into digitisation of industry,” Financial Times, December 2017

“Commentary: How China became a digital leader,” Fortune, December 2017

Digital China: Powering the economy to global competitiveness,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2017

What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2017

Bridging infrastructure gaps: Has the world made progress?,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2017

“China can be a more influential force in digital world,” People's Daily, October 2017

"Housing affordability: A supply-side tool kit for cities," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2017

"Banking landscape shifts as Chinese groups globalise," Financial Times, August 2017

"China's renewable energy revolution," Project Syndicate, August 2017

A new emphasis on gainful employment in India,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, June 2017

"How the natural resources business is turning into a technology industry," Harvard Business Review, June 2017

"China’s role in the next phase of globalization," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2017

"The construction industry has a productivity problem - and here’s how to solve it," MarketWatch, March 2017

"How to make every dollar of infrastructure investment go further," Harvard Business Review, March 2017

"The tipping point for renewable energy is nearly here," MarketWatch, February 2017

Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2017

"How technology is reshaping supply and demand for natural resources," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2017

"Global migration’s impact and opportunity," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2016

“To keep stoking the world economy, cities must adapt to demographics,” The Globe and Mail, November 2016

"Closing California’s housing gap," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2016

"Urban world: Meeting the demographic challenge in cities," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2016

"Meeting China’s productivity challenge," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, August 2016

"Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, July 2016

"Bridging global infrastructure gaps," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, June 2016

"Realizing gender equality’s $12 trillion economic opportunity," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2016

"The power of parity: Advancing women's equality in the United States," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2016

"Urban world: The global consumers to watch," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2016

"Digital globalization: The new era of global flows," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2016

"The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in India," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2015

"The new global competition for corporate profits," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2015

"How advancing women's equality can add $12 trillion to global growth," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2015

"Unlocking the future: The keys to making cities great," lapetitemort.info & Company, June 2015

"Building the cities of the future with green districts," lapetitemort.info & Company, May 2015

"Why China's consumers will continue to surprise the world," lapetitemort.info & Company, May 2015

No ordinary disruption: The four global forces breaking all the trends, PublicAffairs, May 2015

"How do you govern a disrupted world?," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2015

"The four global forces breaking all the trends," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2015

"How a private-sector transformation could revive Japan," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2015

"How Asia can boost productivity and economic growth," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2015

"Debt and (not much) deleveraging," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2015

"Where to look for global growth," lapetitemort.info Quarterly, January 2015

"Can long-term global growth be saved?," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2015

"Is GDP the best measure for growth?," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2015

"Three paths to sustained economic growth in Southeast Asia," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2014

"Tackling the world's affordable housing challenge," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2014

"A productivity perspective on the future of growth," lapetitemort.info Quarterly, September 2014

"China's digital transformation," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, July 2014

"All you need to know about business in China," lapetitemort.info & Company, April 2014

"Urban world: The shifting global business landscape," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2013

"How to make a city great," lapetitemort.info & Company, September 2013

"Chinese infrastructure: The big picture," lapetitemort.info Quarterly, June 2013

"What's next for China?" lapetitemort.info Quarterly, January 2013

"What China's five-year plan means for business," lapetitemort.info Quarterly, July 2011

"A truer picture of China's export machine," lapetitemort.info Quarterly, September 2010

"Making the most of Chinese aid to Africa," lapetitemort.info Quarterly, June 2010

"China and the US: The potential of a clean-tech partnership," lapetitemort.info Quarterly, August 2009

"If you've got it, spend it: Unleashing the Chinese consumer," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, August 2009

"China's green opportunity," lapetitemort.info Quarterly, February 2009

"China's green revolution," lapetitemort.info China, August 2009

"Preparing for China's urban billion," lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2008


University of Southern California
PhD, political science

University of Southern California
MA, political science

University of Southern California
BA, humanities and liberal arts