Training Module in Guangzhou
Students of the Russian-Belgian Executive MBA program of RANEPA Institute of Business Studies (IBS) have completed the first foreign module, Business Administration in China: management culture, business practice, international negotiations along with a Belgian group and students from Lingnan University.
The module content was rich and diverse and included theory, case studies, practical exercises, a discussion panel with European and Chinese senior executives on the specifics of doing business in China, and excursions to Chinese companies. The Business Negotiations course was led by Professor Patrick Rottiers, international management consultant and teacher of international business and diplomatic negotiations. The participants practiced in subgroups, which were mixed for each type of activity; this provided the Russian, Belgian and Chinese students with valuable interaction experience.
A visit to a local company is a mandatory part of all foreign modules of the program. The participants visited Midea Group, China's largest manufacturer of household appliances, compressors and electronics. The office staff in Guangzhou gave them a warm welcome, reviewed their activities and spoke about the product range, logistics and the use of automated systems in management and manufacturing. At the company's museum, the employees told them the story of the corporation’s development.
The program participants visited the company’s production facility in Shunde. The tour of the company’s air conditioners and other production facilities impressed the students with modern equipment and the high level of organization of the production processes.
Two sessions were led by Chinese lecturers, on the country's prospects on the world stage and on the Chinese business model. Jamie Rowlands, Partner & Chief Representative Officer at Gowling WLG (UK) in China, spoke about the peculiarities of protecting intellectual property rights in China.
Establishing international business ties and developing cross-cultural skills are among the main goals of the Executive MBA program at RANEPA IBS. Therefore, the organizers invited a wide range of teachers and experts the students could benefit from, including the Consul General of Belgium in Guangdong Province, and senior executives of companies – graduates of MBA programs of Lingnan University (Hong Kong).