China – Operations & Human Resources

In a setting rich with human resources and widely known as the world’s leading manufacturing center, China is the perfect place for students to experience business globally. While studying these topics, students participate in several company visits to manufacturing facilities and corporate headquarters to gain insight into “doing business in China.” Students also participate in a seminar series featuring local business faculty and corporate leaders. In addition to this business focused immersion into doing business in China, students live in Shanghai and visit Hangzhou, the tea capital of China, and the Great Wall in Beijing to gain a rich cultural understanding of China. To view photos from previous years, click here and here to see highlights through student photos.

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Program Dates

May 15 – June 22, 2019


Shanghai, China




BUS 370 | Operations Management

Concepts in planning, controlling, and managing the operations function of manufacturing and service firms will be covered. Topics include operations strategy, process choice decisions, forecasting, production planning and control, and trends in operations management. Common tools for informed decision-making in these areas will be discussed.

MIE 330 | Human Resource Management

The systematic principles for managing the human resource component of organizations. Topics include: environmental influences on planning, recruitment, and selection; managing workforce diversity; developing effectiveness and enhancing productivity; compensation, benefits, and security; and strengthening employee-management relations.

M 380 | Doing Business in China

This experiential course combines in-class learning with out-of-classroom experiences to learn how business is done in China from multiple perspectives.


MIE 201: Introduction to Business Processes

Pre-requisites must be successfully completed before the start of the program. If a student fails the pre-requisite course and is not able to repeat the course before the start of the program, he or she will be required to withdraw from the program and the refund/withdrawal policy will come into effect. Exceptions to the refund/withdrawal policy will not be made due to a student’s failure to pass the pre-requisite course. 

Calendar & Excursions

china summerLocal excursions around Shanghai and in other cities will examine both the culture and business aspects of China. In Shanghai, students will explore the famous Bund skyline, attend an acrobat show, sample local cuisine, and much more. Mid-way through the program, students will take a weekend trip to Hangzhou, a city renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty, and visit a Buddhist temple and the Six Harmonies Pagoda. Finally, the program concludes with a five day trip to Beijing which includes visits to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City. From a business perspective, students will also visit a variety of corporations to learn how operations and human resources are management in China. Past corporate visits include: Lenovo, John Deere, and Lord.

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