By Krista Peterson, associate director of the Foster Global Business Center.
In just over a week, the Global Business Center is leading the first-ever Foster School of Business faculty study trip to China. From September 12 – 20, we’ll visit Shanghai and Beijing, hear from companies and government organizations on the current business environment, developments in green energy and renewable resources, adapted business strategies, and the unique challenges faced by China and Chinese business in the 21st century.
This program was designed to augment international business research and education. Through this trip, faculty can gain potential research data sources or collaborative partners, as well as current case examples for teaching and analysis.
The group will visit or hear from iconic companies such as Microsoft, Weyerhaeuser, Boeing, and F5 Networks. We’ll also hear from the Energy Resource Institute (a partner in the US-China Clean Energy Forum); the US Commercial Service; and visit the new US Embassy in Beijing and others. Faculty will have the opportunity to meet with professors at Shanghai Jaio Tong University, and a small group will make a presentation at Peking University.
We will also meet with Foster alumni living or working in China.
Faculty voyaging on this pilot trip are Doug MacLachlan, Jennifer Koski, Jarrad Harford, Ming Fan, Apurva Jain, and Jane George-Falvy Reynolds.