Chinese Managers Get Trained in Western Ways


    This Knowledge@Wharton article offers a rundown on the various programs that are available to Chinese managers who want or need to learn more about the art of management so they’ll do a better job for their companies.

    As the piece states, these programs aren’t new — AT&T started offering one back in mid-1980s.

    What is new is the desire being expressed by participants to go beyond generic management training. They want to become experts in their own fields — high tech, telecom, healthcare and so on.

    Also, the programs don’t limit themselves to operational or communications matters. The Levin Institute’s four-month China Executive Software Leadership Program actually takes students to Bloomingdale’s "to view Western business attire" and introduces them to chefs at restaurants "where they get a firsthand look at American and French cuisine."