BMI International Executive MBA Class XVIII this week completed its module in China on Corporate Cultures & Leadership, delivered with Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Antai College – a long-time BMI partner which the FT ranks No. 1 in Asia and No. 8 worldwide for custom executive education.
The module featured lectures on cross-cultural leadership and strategy by top Chinese and European professors, a team project with Chinese managers, site visits to major companies in the Shanghai area, and a networking event with China-based alumni of BMI founding partner HEC Paris.
“China is a major player in the world economy plus a major consumer market, and that’s something any international business leader needs to be familiar with,” said BMI Director General Jaunius Pusvaškis. “More generally, this module in China –like the BMI EMBA modules in the USA, Germany, India, Poland, Finland and Russia– is intended to broaden students’ horizons, create networking opportunities and generally foster open-minded thinking about global business development. Such exposure is one reason BMI alumni are succeeding as business executives in 30-plus countries around the world,” he added.
“Doing the Corporate Cultures and Leadership module in China is a great fit – this is an area of know-how where executives today need direct global exposure, personal hands-on experience. And that’s exactly what the 45 participants from BMI got, plus new business contacts,” said Jurga Bendikaitė Ursavas, the Director of the BMI EMBA Programme, who accompanied the class in China.
Company visits began with SAIC-GM – a joint venture of General Motors which makes and sells Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac brand automobiles in China. The BMI group toured a production line and then had an insightful Q&A session with the automaker’s head of business development. Similar site visits and senior management briefings were held at global equipment giant Caterpillar’s first remanufacturing company in China, and at Carl Zeiss IMT (Shanghai) – a Chinese production unit of the German maker of high-tech optical and optoelectronic devices.
Another valuable part of the module was a round-table on China’s new “Belt & Road Initiative”, the huge international trade and infrastructure project which the Chinese state is actively promoting. The session was led by Prof. Jean-Paul Larçon, BMI’s Co-Chairman, who is an expert on the topic.