368-0303-00L  Asia Study Trip

SemesterAutumn Semester 2018
LecturersS. Wagner
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentOnly for MBA in Supply Chain Management.

AbstractStudy trip to China and Japan led by the president of the Swiss-Chinese chamber of Commerce and in partnership with Tongji and Keio Universities. Visits to both supply chain champions like Toyota, as well as the Asia subsidiaries of Swiss companies like Schindler and Hilti will compare and contrast practical aspects of business development and management.
ObjectivePersonally visit the business environment and companies of key markets in Asia (China’s Shanghai region and Japan). Develop a first hand grasp of the cultural context and its historical economic development in order to prepare to do business in these parts of Asia. After having visited China, participants will be able to describe the main challenges to doing business there, quantify its wealth gap, be able to outline the procedures for setting up a new business, define the industries in which China is a main producer or supplier, explain the foreign trade structure and most important sourcing clusters, arbitrage cost factors in the Chinese market while managing the risk of those suppliers. After visiting Japan, participants will be able to describe the main challenges of doing business there, illustrate cultural traitss with experienced behavioral sequences, and solve a case for a German company considering entering that market.