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The Sydney Morning Herald

Worthy investment in China

Author: Neena Bhandari
Date: 11/05/2013
Words: 387
Source: SMH
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: News
Page: 16
Georgia Knox is among 20 students who will work in Shanghai as part of the University of Sydney business school's master of business administration program. The new three-year, part-time program focuses on "learning by doing".

"We'll be working in small groups for about two weeks [in August] on a consulting project," says Knox, who has a combined bachelor degree in law and media. "We'll provide strategic advice to Chinese enterprises on opportunities for extending or developing their investment and activities in Australia."

China's status as an economic superpower and the importance of Australia-China trade and economic relations made China the obvious choice for the program's first international module, which aims to go beyond "business tourism" to focus on instructional content in Shanghai and fieldwork.

The business school's associate dean, Professor Richard Hall, says many academic programs look at the way Western companies do business in China. "What we're doing is the reverse," he says.

"We'll be working closely with Antai College of Economics and Management and Shanghai Jiao Tong University to provide further expertise in fields associated with the China business institutional regulatory and financial environment.

"We are also in the process of concluding projects with four Chinese businesses and enterprises for the teams' consulting assignments."

One of the partners in the MBA program is executive recruitment and talent management firm Korn Ferry International.

The company's head of leadership and talent consulting, Stephen Johnston, says the focus of the MBA program is on leadership, as distinct from management.

"[The course] will provide a unique experience for students to develop a deeper understanding of their own leadership style and use this insight to bring to life what they learn in their own work contexts," he says.

The program is aimed at those who have three to five years of work experience and is delivered on evenings and weekends at the business school's new city campus.

The first group of 50 students, from disciplines as diverse as engineering and public policy to finance and IT, began in March. There will be two intakes in 2014 but class numbers will be capped at 50.

Knox says understanding how Chinese businesses behave will help make her a more effective corporate leader. "The program has been tailored to equip students to not only manage, but master, working in the rapidly changing global business environment," she says.

 
 

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