Learning Journey

China – Learning journey 2007

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Shanghai

What is the learning from a journey in China?

Well – thinks do not change that quick and if they have changed it did not last long. Confucius is back and the strategies of Sun Zue are more in the every day management, than westerners would think. Mao is not around, just at the flee market in porcelain. ‚Do what you can and get what you need‘ is a feeling that is in the streets of Shanghai and Nanjing. But – it is not too capitalistic – there is fair treatment and Chinese treat bargaining as a game, though only in some places.

Management is hierarchical and the boss is right, not much of a difference to Europe? There is one big difference: Germans for example see a lot of risks everywhere and are afraid, Chinese business people see potential everywhere and try to leverage them. But this is also like in Eastern Europe, if you have nothing to loose, just to win – go ahead. If you have achieved a lot and you might loose it, you hesitate to take a risk. The Celemi President in Shanghai Barbro Andersson told me: „In the beginning I was caring to much about cultural issues – now I understand how business is going: Be in the flow … take opportunities and be quick, make decisions and go for it.“ Business simulations are very much asked for in China, because the learning systems are too theroretical in China – they need practise and best practise. A lot of German companies need to speed up their local managers and reduce the expats.

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What did I see with other eyes is the beauty of the landscape – right on the picture of the blog China Huangshan Mountain with the many staircases. There are hundreds of temples, pagodas and monuments of ancient times which are prepared to be seen by European eyes. Tourism is a big business and at the moment there are more Chinese people learning English than there are inhabitants in the United States.

The learning journey was organised by Waltraut Ritter in Hong Kong and the network contacts of EWMD. Thanks to Nisco and Lian Lei-Schruff, the Nanjing Steel Corporation, who was our host for some days and gave us deep input on how is business in China today. by Claudia Schmitz

VW in Shanghai.jpg Ceramics and Mao.jpg

What is the learning from a journey in China?

Well – thinks do not change that quick and if they have changed it did not last long. Confucius is back and the strategies of Sun Zue are more in the every day management, than westerners would think. Mao is not around, just at the flee market in porcelain. ‚Do what you can and get what you need‘ is a feeling that is in the streets of Shanghai and Nanjing. But – it is not too capitalistic – there is fair treatment and Chinese treat bargaining as a game, though only in some places.

Management is hierarchical and the boss is right, not much of a difference to Europe? There is one big difference: Germans for example see a lot of risks everywhere and are afraid, Chinese business people see potential everywhere and try to leverage them. But this is also like in Eastern Europe, if you have nothing to loose, just to win – go ahead. If you have achieved a lot and you might loose it, you hesitate to take a risk. The Celemi President in Shanghai Barbro Andersson told me: „In the beginning I was caring to much about cultural issues – now I understand how business is going: Be in the flow … take opportunities and be quick, make decisions and go for it.“ Business simulations are very much asked for in China, because the learning systems are too theroretical in China – they need practise and best practise. A lot of German companies need to speed up their local managers and reduce the expats.

Modern Shop Nanjing.jpg Picture cs 026.jpg
What did I see with other eyes is the beauty of the landscape – right on the picture of the blog China Huangshan Mountain with the many staircases. There are hundreds of temples, pagodas and monuments of ancient times which are prepared to be seen by European eyes. Tourism is a big business and at the moment there are more Chinese people learning English than there are inhabitants in the United States.

The learning journey was organised by Waltraut Ritter in Hong Kong and the network contacts of EWMD. Thanks to Nisco and Lian Lei-Schruff, the Nanjing Steel Corporation, who was our host for some days and gave us deep input on how is business in China today. by Claudia Schmitz

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