China MapChina Experience

In 1989, the year of the Tiananmen Incident, I was fortuitously asked to organize and moderate a panel discussion on “Management Education in China: Business, Government, and University Perspectives.” The guest speaker was Zheng Shaolian, the Dean of the School of Management at Fudan University in Shanghai, arguably the best MBA program in China. Little did I know that almost ten years later I would be a Fulbright Lecturer to the People’s Republic of China (1998-1999) to teach “Strategic Management,” “Seminar in International Business,” and “Business Ethics” (joint MIT program) in his MBA program. During that heady year, in addition to traveling around the country to give lectures at other universities, I also participated in a workshop in Shanghai for local human resources professionals sponsored by The University at Albany; in a USIS-sponsored conference on cross-cultural management issues; and presented my impressions on management education in China titled “Chinese Minds in American Bodies” at the Shanghai American Club. This later became “Chinese Minds in U.S. Bodies: Ten Factors Driving Change in Chinese Business Practices” Academy of International Business (Florida 2003).

Upon my return, I was asked to be a panelist at the Saratoga Springs Public Library for “China: A Conversation” (2000); participate in the University at Albany’s OASIS programs in 2001 and again in 2007; and presented “The World of China” at the University at Albany International Business Symposium (April 2004). In 2000, the U.S. National Science Foundation invited me to participate in its Joint U.S.-China Seminar on Technological Innovation Management in cooperation with The National Natural Science Foundation of China in Beijing; and again in 2002 at the International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology sponsored by Zhejiang University in Hangzhou. This later became “Towards a Model of Effective Knowledge Transfer Within Transnationals: The Case of Chinese Foreign Invested Enterprises” Journal of Technology Transfer (2007).

I have also been invited to give lectures, workshops, and seminars on “Strategic Management” and “Organizational Behavior” for the Ericsson China Academy (jointly administered by the Norwegian School of Management, Fudan School of Management, and Lund University) and for Shanghai JiaoTong University’s EMBA Program, during which time I was able to develop survey instruments and collect data. I was on sabbatical during the Fall 2004 semester to complete these research projects, during which I met a post-doc to collaborate on “An Empirical Taxonomy of SOE Governance in Transitional China” Journal of Management and Governance (2006).

I have traveled extensively throughout China, visiting nearly all its provinces and major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao, Lhasa, Chendgu, Chongqing, Kunming, Dalian, and Qingdao. During these trips, I took boats down the river from Guilin to Yangshoa and down the Yangtze through the Three Gorges; traveled the Silk Roads including Xi’an, Hohhot, and Urumqi by train, bus, horse, and camel; backpacked in remote Southwest China and the base camp of Mt. Everest; and climbed several of the holy mountains, including Tai Shan, Emei Shan, and Putuo Shan. (For more, see my China Diary.)

With Jiangsu Province Party Secretary Li Yuanchao at 2006 UAlbany graduation ceremonies Many expect him to become the next president of China; we chatted about our shared experiences as professors at Shanghai’s Fudan University and he informed me that he had been instrumental in creating its Management School where I had spent my year.


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