Archive for March, 2010

Spring Break and Final Comments

March 22, 2010

Hong Kong, Macau, Tokyo, Xi’an, Shanghai, Beijing, everyone takes off for a little spring break.  Sad to say it has come to an end, but happy to say that the memories and take aways for me are all positive.

I had a great Global trip with all of you.  A special thanks, of course, go to Cory and Steve for all of their work.  How fun was it to know that Steve was seeing China through the eyes of all of us?  And how fun was it to know that Cory can sing and dance to  Beatles songs while wearing a new pearl necklace!  Even more, however, a thanks goes to all of you as students.  It’s great to be able to say that everyone we met left with a positive impression of UT and McCombs.  Your presentations were awesome, your questions at the company visits were engaging, and your team spirit throughout the whole trip was appreciated.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

March 16, 2010 Consulting Projects Night Cruise

March 22, 2010

Say it isn’t so, but today was the last official day of the program!  Already!  Amazing.  Today Yihaodian, Chic, Trend, and Praxis all got to give there final presentations, while others went in small groups to visit with Prent and Spring Global.  It seemed like everyone came back with cool gifts too.  Tell us about your company visits today.  What have they taught you about your own perceptions, ideas, and opinions about work in China?

A little cruise on the Pujiang River and a little karaoke and we’re closing the program off in style.  Yes, that was Joel rappin’ and yes, Kylia probably did lose her voice from singing nearly every song!

March 15, Junior Achievement, Yu Garden, Celanese

March 22, 2010

OK, so the Mary Kay offices really are the location of Junior Achievement China.  In fact, it’s a nice example of one of the ways that companies can support non-profs in China.  What surprised you about the visit to Junior Achievement China?  Anything unexpected?

Minnie then walked us through the Yu Garden, where Ben got to display creative photographic talents–which we found out is part of a family tradition.  We then headed over to Pudong to visit with Celanese, the soon-to-be home for Anthony.  We then spent the evening at the Chinese acrobatics show, which exceeded any expectation anyone had of what was going to be going on.  Wow, what a full day.

March 14, 2010 Hangzhou, Zhe Jiang University

March 22, 2010

Another early start!  Who thought up this idea of getting trains to nearby cities!!!  Hangzhou started with a visit to West Lake, with a cool amount of misty, hazy, cloud cover to mix with the natural setting of the lake.  After lunch at Louwailou restaurant we were off to visit with the MBA students of Zhe Jiang University, giving us a chance to mingle with peers, seeing a bit what it would be like to study at a Chinese University.  What did you take away from your experience today?  What did you learn about university life in China?

March 13, 2010 Suzhou

March 22, 2010

Who would have guessed that today would begin with a piano recital in the middle of the train station’s waiting room?  Got to be one of the highlights of the trip!  Zhouzheng Garden and the New Suzhou Museum were the tourist parts of the day.  And a presentation and factory tour at Starrett was the professional side of our visit today.  What were your impressions of the Suzhou Industrial Park?  How did today’s activities provide you with a more complete picture of business in China?

March 12, 2010 Good bye Beijing, Hello Shanghai

March 22, 2010

A little of an early start to get our flight out of Beijing, but it did mean that we were in our hotel in Shanghai by early afternoon, giving everyone a chance to walk around the area at Nan Jin Lu and the Bund.  Some of us wanted to make sure that Daniel was able to get to the SWFC observatory, and you really can look down from the floor to the building below!  Our intro to Shanghai included the alumni dinner at the Seagull Palace Restaurant, including the chance to meet up with lots of alumni.

Include in your comments today some of your final impressions of Beijing and add your initial comparison of Beijing and Shanghai.  On to phase 2 of our trip!

March 11, 2010 Intel and Summer Palace

March 22, 2010

Who would have guessed that among the sites to see at the summer palace, you would all be part of the site seeing. Liz, Kylia, Paulo, Robson, it seemed like everyone wanted to have their picture taken with people from our group.  We began the day with a visit to Intel China, and how gracious they were.  We nearly spent 4 hours with them, with great insights into the company’s philosophy, scope, and strategy in China.  The expats and international employees provided open and detailed descriptions of their work in China.  How about for you?  What did you take away from the experience at Intel?

After Intel there was more time for some shopping (or going to Tim’s BBQ for a quick round of darts) and then we went to the Summer Palace.  The evening again was yours to do whatever you wanted.

March 10, 2010 Consulting Visits and Imperial Palace

March 22, 2010

Tian Ang, Global Exchange, and IMForce got to give the final consulting presentations today. Everyone else had small group company visits, including the visits to AbleSky, Lenovo, Qifeng, and AJ Warner.  Tell us about the take aways that you got from the presentations and small group visits.  The afternoon gave us a chance to see the Imperial Palace and Tiananmen Square.  On the way home a number of you went to the Pearl Market and the evening (as amazing as it sounds) was open time to do whatever you wanted to.

I was impressed with everyone’s feedback from the company visits.  The consulting presentations went well, lots of interaction and the other visits helped add depth to your experience and helped everyone in solidifying your one presentations that will be made in Shanghai.

March 9, 2010 Starting a day on the Great Wall

March 9, 2010

Crisp blue sky, fresh snow, and the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, nice start to a day.  A great lunch, a little visit to Olympic Park to see the bird’s nest (just how cold was that place?) and a chance to meet UT alumni at dinner at teh China Lounge Restaurant, a nice way to end a day.  What stands out to you in regards to today’s activities?  Tell us a little about who sat at your table at dinner.

March 8, 2010 – Google and Quintana

March 9, 2010

OK, here we go.  A night of adjusting to the new time zone, everyone is settled into the Hilton, who got to keep the rubber ducky in your room?  Today we begin with your experience with Jared Smith at Google, Ben Danielson at Quintana, and Tian Tan?  What did you learn today (more than the tiles are slippery in front of the Google sign)?  How do today’s activities give you a new perspective of your western ways (more than how cute the panda hats are)?  How do you expect that your future interactions in international settings will be changed by today’s experience?  Compare Jared Smith’s viewpoints with those of Ben Danielson’s?