Congratulations to all the recent admits! We are looking forward to meeting you on campus later in the year.
We have been busy completing our midterms last week for Finance and Marketing. They are done and we are now getting ready for the biggest end of year party (AnderProm) next week!
As Jennifer mentioned in her earlier post, we will continue with Alex Pugh's (FEMBA 2015) series of posts where he shares his experience from the International Studies trip over spring break to Hong Kong! Here is Day 2 of his trip -
The day started with a Tai Chi lesson from a master practitioner who looked like he stepped out of a kung fu movie. That said, he was quite graceful and did an excellent job explaining the philosophy of the martial art. We spent about an hour and a half practicing and it turned out to be quite a work out.
Later in the morning we met Dr. Gilbert Cheung, who gave us an organizational behavior lesson on managing Chinese workers. One of the things he emphasized is the importance of hierarchy in Chinese families and in the work place. Assertiveness is not a desirable trait and neither is correcting someone who has made a social mistake. Chinese will support their friends or family even if they know they are wrong. Chinese avoid direct conflict, but can become very upset when they do not get their way. As a western manager with Chinese employees, its important to understand this and work with them in ways they feel comfortable.
Invest Hong Kong
We next visited invest Hong Kong, where we got a pretty standard sales pitch for doing business in the city. The really interesting information came during the Q&A, when we discussed Hong Kong’s emerging design and urban development sectors. While they are very small in comparison to finance/banking, international trade and service/retail, the design industry had recently doubled from 2% to about 5% of the city’s GDP.
We had some free time after the presentation. So, I went with some classmates to get a pair of pants custom made by a Hong Kong tailor. They look and fit great.
After getting outfitted, we joined the Alumni mixer at Angel Share in LKF. This was a pretty cool bar and the only halfway decent cocktail I got in the entire city. It was great to meet alums and prospective students as well as get to know the people on the trip a little better.