The CKGSB China Immersion Program is designed for ambitious global executives from leading business schools, associations and multinational corporations around the world. The program, typically one to two weeks in duration, can be customized to your needs. The program consists of selected custom courses on China and its recent economic development, company visits that provide a close-up view of China’s business landscape as well as in-depth networking and learning opportunities with peer CKGSB alumni and Chinese executives. One of the program’s goals is to provide participants with a deeper understanding of China, including its culture, economy, development, challenges and future. The program is designed to offer to the participants:
Key success and failure factors in doing business with a changing China
Awareness of the challenges faced by foreign companies entering the Chinese market
Insights into how to overcome cultural differences and develop connections to local business executives
Strategies for selecting local partners for entrance or expansion into the Chinese market
Learn about the integration of China’s procurement and manufacturing base into existing supply chains
Potential business opportunities for leading and promising companies in a fast-growing China
CKGSB will take participants to flourishing metropolises and growing second and third tier cities to have a deeper insight of China’s business landscape, social environment and cultural context. Cities and destinations that participants can visit to meet and exchange ideas with Chinese business executives and leaders include:
Beijing is a 3,000-year-old city that has been the capital of China for most of the past 600 years. In recent decades, it has gained international importance as
a political and economic hub, while retaining a rich historical and cultural heritage.
Population: 21.54 million (as of 2018)
Shanghai plays an important part in China as its commercial and financial capital. Shanghai has long been famous for its cultural diversity and modernization since the begining of the last century. Important financial institutions are also located here, including the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
Population: 24.18 million (as of 2017)
Hangzhou is considered a “Paradise on Earth” and is one of the most beautiful cities in China. You can immerse yourself in Chinese southern culture by enjoying a cup of green tea in a quiet teahouse beside West Lake, while comparing the differences with the country’s mega cities. Hangzhou is now one of the most advanced cities in e-commerce and e-payments in China, thanks in large part to Alibaba, the world famous e-commerce giant, which has its headquarters in the city.
Population: 9.47 million (as of 2017)
Shenzhen has been the fastest-growing city in China over the past three decades, raising its population to 13 million from just 30,000. Shenzhen is a young, vibrant city famous not only for its traditional manufacturing industry, but as a center of innovation. In 2014, Shenzhen became a national innovation zone, the only such zone created on a city-wide scale.
Population: 12.53 million (as of 2017)
Founded in 514 BC, Suzhou has over 2,500 years of history, with an abundant display of relics and sites of historical interest. The city has been an important national economic, cultural and commercial center of China through history. Since the major economic reforms began in 1978, Suzhou has become one of the fastest growing major cities in the world, amd a focal point of trade and commerce in China.
Population: 10.68 million (as of 2018)
On the Pearl River about 120km northwest of Hong Kong and 145km north of Macau, Guangzhou has a history of over 2,200 years and was a major terminus of the maritime Silk Road, and continues to serve as China’s gateway to the rest of the world, as well as one of China’s three largest cities. In recent years, Guangzhou has been seen as the “bay area” of China for its development in the technology industry, as well as the demographic and cultural advantages it derives from its proximity with Hong Kong and Macau.