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The seminar will be held in Hong Kong, a special administrative region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This location was selected because many US enterprises have expanded to China due to the strong growth in the Chinese economy. As a one-time British colony, English is still widely spoken in Hong Kong, making navigation and communication easier than in the PRC. Economically, Hong Kong is one of the great trading cities of the world and is the doorway to Guangdong Province, one of the largest manufacturing regions in the PRC. Hong Kong has the third-largest maritime shipping port in the world, has the largest air cargo port; and is ranked as world’s top financial center by the World Economic Forum (WEF 2011).
You will be housed in shared accommodations at The Salisbury Hotel – YMCA of Hong Kong, located downtown, on the Kowloon Peninsula, within a short walking distance of a metro station, the Clock Tower, the Walk of Stars, and many other famous attractions & services.
You are responsible for travel to and from Hong Kong, where the program begins and ends. Transportation during the program (including all site visits and between housing and classrooms) is included in the program fee.
Course : INBU 4151: International Operations (equivalent to MGMT 4150)
Credits : 3 upper-division credit hours
Approved for : This course fulfills a core equivalent for the Global Experience requirement of the Global Business Certificate. This course counts towards Operations Management major requirements. This course has also been approved for Engineering students as a General Technical Elective for College of Engineering.
Grading : This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
This course will compare systems of production/operations management in the United States with those in Japan, Europe, and Asia. You will contrast various regional and national approaches to business, quality management, labor practices, management styles, international competitiveness, productivity, distribution systems, trade practices, and strategies for penetrating foreign markets. You will also examine different sociocultural environments, government-business relationships, banking industries, operations strategies, and the potential for transferring industrial management practices and techniques between countries. The course will be heavily tailored to focus on operations management in Hong Kong, China, and Asia. The program will also examine manufacturing in mainland China during an overnight field trip to Guangdong Province.
The Global Seminar will start with a series of lectures in Boulder in April. The program will then travel to Hong Kong for 2 weeks in May.
Your faculty director for this program is Dr. Keith Stockton. Dr. Stockton has 20 years of private industry experience and has been with the Leeds School of Business for ten years. He has developed and taught a wide variety of operations management, social responsibility and entrepreneurship classes during his tenure at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Dr. Stockton will choose program participants, lead a pre-departure orientation, teach the course, and be regularly available to provide general assistance. He will be available overseas in case of emergency. A travel organization is in charge of all logistical aspects of the program and its staff is also be available in case of emergency in China.
A city tour will take place the first day. Each learning component will have a tour of a business associated with that topic. Students may participate in optional side trips to the Hong Kong islands as well as an amusement park. There will also be a university tour in Hong Kong so students can see their counterparts’ educational environment.
Summer 2014 Participant
The company visits were great for getting an insight to what is a very different culture and way of doing business. The interactions with the businesses were the most valuable thing from the trip. Hong Kong is an amazing place to be and there is no shortage of experiences to have. Everybody speaks english and are extremely helpful and nice. Try to discover areas away from the main tourist locations.
Summer 2016 Participant
Orientation was very informative and it was nice to have a day-to-day calendar that laid out the organization of the whole trip. I very much so enjoyed the excursions, I am a bit biased because I am not the biggest fan of organized travel. But it was fun being able to hike up Victoria peak and look out over all of Hong Kong, and be able to see different parts of the bay. Some of the students went over to the Island Macau and went bungee jumping, I didnt not want to pay $500 for it but I heard it was quite the exciting time.
Summer 2016 Participant
To sum everything up, I think taking this trip right after completing my sophomore was a very perfect time for me. I have had enough business education to understand what is going on and my brain is able to think in a business mindset. I think this trip helped me be able to act more professionally and be able to imagine myself in these companies we visited. It was helpful and the experiential learning was great because it allowed us to learn what e like and what we don't like by actually seeing into many different industries. I am overall very happy that I was able to experience this trip with the people that I did, as I have made very valuable connections and friendships. Lori did a great job with every aspect of the trip, and I am sure Keith will do an outstanding job next year with the group.
Summer 2016 Participant
We stayed in the YMCA Salisbury hotel which I thought was great, breakfast every morning was definitely a highlight. The hotel in Shenzhen was also great, I heard that last year some of the students didn't like the hotel too much but this year everyone seemed to love it. Heres the deal with transportation. In shenzhen it was great, because we had an air conditioned bus. In hong kong we walked and took the subway everywhere. I loved the subway. The problem was walking around the sweltering hot city to go to each company. It is not ideal to show up to a company and try to make a good impression on the people who work there when you are drenched head to toe in sweat. I thought it would have been better if we could have gone around business casual or taken a bus around hong kong.
Summer 2016 Participant
I would highly recommend this trip for any student who is willing to leave their comfort zone, and learn by means of taking initiative and experiencing things they would have never imagined.
NOTE: Dates on this page are for information only; final dates will be confirmed with participants after acceptance to the program. Do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Program Manager. The Start Date indicates the day participants arrive at the program location; the End Date indicates the day participants depart from the program location.
** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Education Abroad staff for details.