Posts Tagged ‘Pre-Departure Info’

Class #5, Feb 17, 2010

February 17, 2010

Today we will continue with the group presentations

This week in China:  OpenLanguage, Chic, Trend, Starrett

Visit preparation:  Suzhou Industrial Park (TianAng), Zhe Jiang University (Global Exchange), Celanese (IMForce), Junior Achievement China (Yi Hao Dian)

Note: Change in Course Schedule

For week six we will not meet for the full three hours.  Here’s the new schedule for the last two weeks of class

Wk 6 (Feb 24)

3:30 – Mid-term project Review and Presentation

15 minutes: project definition, broad findings to date, action plan for in-country

TianAng, Global Exchange, IMForce, Trend

4:30 – Visit from Chinese Business Association (CBA)

Wk 7 (Mar 3)

3:30 – Mid-term project Review and Presentation

15 minutes: project definition, broad findings to date, action plan for in-country

Yihaodian, Chic, Praxis, Starrett

4:30 – Gift distribution

Class #4, Feb 10, 2010

February 9, 2010

Watch out for the bikes, motorized and pedal!

Today we have class presentations on “This week in China” and on some of the company visits.

Current – Global Exchange

Current – IMForce

Tiananmen & Imperial Palace – Starrett

Quitana & Intel – Chic Group

Tian Tan – Trend

A few other details:

1.  BizTravel sent instructions on how to get to our hotel from the Beijing airport.  Here’s a pdf version of those instructions.

2.  Here’s a list how of the consulting and small group visits are shaping up

Consulting Visits in Beijing: TianAng, Global Exchange, IMForce

Small Group Visits in Beijing: Yi hao dian – AbleSky, Chic & Starrett – Lenovo, Praxis –, Trend – Qifeng

Consulting Visits in Shanghai : Yi hao dian, Chic, Trend, Praxis

Small Group Visits in Shanghai: TianAng – Rong Miao Network Technology, Global Exchange – Best Bedding Tu Qi, IMForce – Roger Wang

Consulting Visit in Suzhou: Starrett

3.  There are three visits where the company has asked us to send questions and topics of discussion.  We need to prepare those and have Steve send them on to the companies:  Junior Achievement China, Zhe Jiang University, Lenovo.

Class #3, Feb 3, 2010

February 1, 2010

Today we talk about culture, love this topic.  Here’s a PDF version of David Victor’s LESCANT model, which is a nice way to approach the topic of cultural differences in a professional setting.


Victor, David A. 1992. International Business Communication. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers Inc.

Second, of course we all want to thank David Hetherington for his informative and entertaining presentation.  Here’s a PDF copy of his powerpoint presentation.

Class #2, Jan 27, 2010

January 26, 2010

Anxious for week #2 because we’ll get to hear from all of you for the first time.  You’ve heard from me long enough, now on to the group presentations. (Click on the name to view a PDF version of their presentation)

History – TianAng Software

Economics – Global Exchange

Governmental Policies – IMForce

Social Issues – Yi Hao Dian

Business Environment – OpenLanguage

Geography and Demographics – Chic Foods

US/Multinational Business in China – Trend

Role in Global Issues – Starrett

Also, remember that Eugenie mentioned the ATM card issue.  Here’s the URL

Class #1, Jan 20, 2010

January 20, 2010

Alright everyone, here we go.  First class today!

1.  We’ll meet first in UTC 2.102A for a general meeting. We’ll learn all about health issues, visa documents, etc.

2.  We’ll then move to our classroom in GSB 3.138

3.  Cory will take time to talk about visas and passports, as well as a check list of pre-departure items.

4.  Consulting projects:  Get going, be proactive in contacting your POC, be respectful of their time, realize that Chinese New Year begins Feb 14, 2010 (the year of the tiger).

5.  Check the pages link for syllabus, travel schedule

6.  Look out for the pre-departure presentations: a) background topics; b) this week in China; c) background for visits; d) consulting project  review

Rio’s Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf)

September 15, 2008

Sometimes people ask me why we take the Global Connections students to Rio de Janeiro instead of São Paulo.  I admit, when it comes to business, São Paulo plays a bigger role than Rio de Janeiro.  And, if the program were longer, we’d have no choice but to go to São Paulo.  However, the truth is that 5 days in Rio are better than 5 days in São Paulo.  We’ll have plenty of the legitimate reasons to be in Rio (petroleum industry for example).  But it’s hard to beat Ipanema, Pão de Açúcar, and Corcovado.

Wineries and horseback riding

September 11, 2008

Yes, it is self-promotion and yes, I am trying to do a little marketing to get students interested in our trip to South America, but you too could be riding horses in the vineyard at Casa Lapostolle.  The image on our header was taken last year while riding at the vineyard.  The photo of all of those students with the sunglasses on was taken on the roof of our tour site. It’s just one of the many trips that you’ll be part of during our time in Santiago, Chile. Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet are gracious hosts at the Clos Apalta Winery and their facilities show not only a careful sensitivity to wine, but an incredible appreciation nature, as the facilities blend into the mountainside and where gravity come into play in every step of production.  Add to this a 5-star meal at the Casa Parron, wine tasting in a cellar that could easily be part of an Indiana Jones movie, and of course, a chance to spend some time on horseback.