Welcome! This is a course where we take students to China and/or India for an experiential business tour. During the year these students study about China/India, and we use this blog as one online tool to get them thinking about China/India before they depart the USA. We use this blog to help keep the drumbeat of China/India fresh in their minds during the year so that when they get off the plane it’s not the first time they have given some thought to the place they are visiting.
This means that many of the posts you will see in this blog are more current events, career, or potpourri related posts than deep, complex posts. I.e., baby steps. Let’s first peek student interest in a place many of them have never visited, before we worry about making them experts and requiring this blog as their ‘peer review journal outlet’ to study China/India. Some of the deeper learning they will do about China/India before they arrive takes place through class meetings, book reviews and other assignments.
Blog Comment Guidelines and a Special Note to Cyber Trolls, Stalkers and Bullies:
All are welcome to participate in this blog, including those outside the course and Cal Poly community. The more input and perspectives we have the merrier. This must be guided, however, by respect, reasonableness and professionalism. We know that the topic of China/India can stir strong emotions, beliefs and biases in people and there are some extremists in cyberspace on both sides of the debate with too much extra time on their hands seeking to mainly poke other people in the eye who may not drink the same kool-aid as they do.
Stated differently, if you consider yourself to be that arm-chair expert on China or India, or you are just a cyberspace troll, stalker or bully looking to pick a fight and beat up on a younger student as a way to make yourself feel good or look smart …. take a deep breath, relax, and please remember that you too were once young (or still are), you too may have been hesitant to express yourself in public if you feared you would be ridiculed by a nutcase, and you surely did not know nearly as much as you claim to now know. You might even put your money where your mouth is, learn how difficult good teaching can be and roll up your sleeves and help us engage students in a positive and constructive way. Personal attacks or cyber-scoffs have no place here.
We moderate the blog comments and if what a person submits is off topic, not relevant, or smells of an agenda or bias other then helping others learn and collaborate in a helpful and positive way, it may not see the light of day. This is our blog, not theirs and if those folks disagree or whine about not getting their comment (eye poke) posted, they will need to get over it, that’s life. (The very knee-jerk nature of blog commenting in general is not what we are after here; so this may be a difficult threshold test to meet for commentors who seem to be angry people in general and/or do not write well or do not take the time to try to write well and communicate with others in a professional manner.)
On this item, here is our take. The professors who have set up this blog make little effort to hide their own identity, and there is a reason for that. We were raised and taught that if anything is worth writing for others to read, then it is worth signing your name to. Thus, we do not have much patience for people who make comments in cyberspace or are critical of others (or about this blog via email) using pseudonyms or under some other veil of anonymity. While we won’t delete such comments on the basis of anonymity, we also won’t take the time to address or respond to comments from people who do not identify themselves.
More About The Course:
We travel to the People’s Republic of China or India to study these emerging markets. In the future we may visit other countries as the “puck” of business continues to move and be in play.
The course and tour include mandatory pre-departure and on-the-road meetings, readings, book reviews, case studies and discussions. Participants study American and Asian and/or Indian business practices while visiting large cities in China and/or India. Professor Chris Carr normally leads the tour.
Sample Itinerary (for illustrative purposes only, and focusing only on China):
- Day 1: Depart from Los Angeles or San Francisco for Shenzhen/Guangzhou
- Day 2: Arrive Shenzhen/Guangzhou; local orientation and Welcome to China reception
- Day 3-4: Tour traditional shoe, textile and electronics factories, multinational firms, and possibly government offices and port facilities
- Day 4: Depart to Shanghai
- Day 5-7: Tour additional factories, multinational firms; also visit small family firms/businesses and possibly government offices
- Day 7 : Depart to Beijing
- Day 8-10: Visit the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Beijing hutongs, technology firms, and government agencies; meet local MBA students to discuss visit and experiences
- Day 11: Shopping; Farewell China Dinner
- Day 12: Debriefing session; depart Beijing
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