China 2018

Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen

August 24-September 6, 2018

China’s economy has grown very rapidly (growth rates over 10% for most of the past 30 years). It is now the second largest economy measured in terms of nominal GDP; it is the world’s largest exporter; and China is the fastest growing consumer market. Understanding the Chinese economy and U.S.-China interaction are both essential in business today.
We have planned a China study tour for 2018 again in partnership with the Beijing Center; we will visit Beijing (the historical center of China), Shanghai (the center for finance and business), and Shenzhen (China's Silicon Valley). We will travel to Hong Kong the last day of the tour so students can fly home from Hong Kong.

The 2017 itinerary included company visits to (an e-commerce retailer with almost $40bn in revenue in 2016), a VW manufacturing facility, Novartis’s Shanghai research campus, and the Hong Kong port. Cultural visits included Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Wall, a walking tour of the French Concession in Shanghai.

Shanghai skyline

The Shanghai skyline.


MGMT 4940/5940:
The Cultural Context for Business in China: Trust, Political Institutions, and Confucianism

Instructor: Dr. Marc Cohen

This course is organized around three challenges facing Chinese and multi-national businesses operating in China:

  1. a narrow disposition to trust in Chinese society (which is well-documented in the empirical literature)
  2. non-democratic social/political institutions (along with heavy state involvement in business and widespread corruption)
  3. the need for economic development. Each of these challenges affects organizations and shapes the overall business climate, and each has what philosophers would call a normative dimension—meaning a dimension that raises ethical issues. 

The course will require a set of preliminary readings, discussed at pre-departure meetings, and then each student will choose a research topic (with input from the instructor)—in the space of cross-cultural business, ethics, or management in a cross-cultural context. Papers will be presented at a post-tour meeting in early fall.

INBU 4940/5940:
Global E-Business in China

Instructor: Dr. Ben Kim

China is a country we need to understand very well for our future. According to the IMF, Chinese economy has become the largest GDP (PPP) in the world as of 2014. In terms of the number of patents granted, China is ranked second after the US.  China’s e-business is having a global impact. Recently, several Chinese companies such as Alibaba had very successful IPOs at the NYSE. 
In this class, we are interested in China’s e-business strategies and practices as well as their business environments and culture. As we can see in the example of Alibaba, China’s e-business is growing exponentially and many Chinese companies are using the Internet for their global operations. Your research paper can be regarding operational, financial, technical, legal, social, or political aspects of Chinese e-business. The specific topics of study depend on your interests.  Before the trip, you will select the areas of research and will be required to do a review of relevant literature.  After the tour, you are required to submit a paper and present it in class.  The instructor will collaborate with you to submit the paper to a journal or conference. 

Program Cost

Expected cost per student: $2,975 (excluding airfare, visa, and some meals)

Applications due by Feb. 15, 2018