Orientation for Newest GEMBA Class – Class XIII – Beginning their Transformative Journey

On 16 April 2016, the USC-SJTU Global EMBA (GEMBA) welcomed our new class, GEMBA Class XIII, at the Longemont Hotel, Shanghai. The Orientation is a launching pad for our new students as they begin their 20-month GEMBA journey. While the journey is challenging and time-intensive, it fosters boundless opportunities and new paths toward success.
After the orientation, our new GEMBA XIIIs joined their first-ever GEMBA Connect, a regularly-scheduled platform that helps GEMBAs to meet alumni and students from other classes, and to learn something valuable about current business in China and broader Asia. On the 16th, we invited four alumni to share their experiences in transforming from being business leaders in MNCs to becoming entrepreneurs. Ms. Huifang Schulenburg (GEMBA XI) was the host of the seminar. Guest speakers including: Derek Wong (GEMBA VIII), who has just launched KDL, a healthcare-sector venture, TJ Green (GEMBA VIII), Chairman / CEO of Apex Entertainment, and Jerry Zhou (GEMBA X), CEO and President, Swift You Supply Chain Management.
Upcoming GEMBA Event:
16:00, 7 May 2016 – “China’s Disruptors: How Chinese Entrepreneurial Companies are Changing the Rules of Business”
Speakers
– MsFareeda Cassumbhoy, Chief Strategy Officer, HyLink China, GEMBA XIII student
– Mr. Jason Lo, Chief Strategy Officer, Honeywell
– Dr Edward Tse, Founder/CEO, Gao Feng Advisory Company, author of the book “China Disruptors”
18:00, 7 May 2016 – GEMBA 12th Annual Spring Celebration – Cocktail Reception
Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

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Group Photo

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Q & A session.

About the GEMBA Program

The Credibility You Seek, The Transformation You Need – the Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA) is an innovative EMBA program offered by USC in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, featuring the same faculty and curriculum as Marshall’s top 10 ranked EMBA program in L. A. Courses are primarily taken in Shanghai, China with ExPort trip in South East Asia.

GEMBA XI Shanghai Pre-Graduation Ceremony, at SJTU

Our GEMBA Class XI just finished their last Shanghai session, at the famous Xuhui campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. We held a pre-graduation celebration dinner for them on 1 November, and a pre-graduation ceremony on campus on 2 November.

We will celebrate GEMBA XI’s official graduation at USC in Los Angeles on 1 February, with the class members’ family and friends. Congratulations to GEMBA XI for all they’ve accomplished in the past two years.

 

About the GEMBA Program
The Credibility You Seek, The Transformation You Need – the Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA) is an innovative EMBA program offered by USC in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, featuring the same faculty and curriculum as Marshall’s top 10 ranked EMBA program in L. A. Courses are primarily taken in Shanghai, China with ExPort trip in South East Asia.

GEMBA XI was taking their graduation photo in SJTU campus.

GEMBA XI was taking their graduation photo in SJTU campus.

GEMBA XI's pre-graduation dinner and Halloween party in Shanghai

GEMBA XI’s pre-graduation dinner and Halloween party in Shanghai

GEMBA Class XI Encounter Business Executives in Singapore and Vietnam

From 17 to 21 August, the USC-SJTU Global EMBA (GEMBA) Class XI had a value-packed, week-long visit to Singapore and Vietnam, a component of the GEMBA program we call Global Front-Line Perspectives. The highly-ranked Marshall School of Business Executive MBA has conducted its Global EMBA class in China since 2003, in partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. GEMBA is a 20 month program divided into ten “themes” that showcase the interrelatedness of business functions to develop well-rounded executives. Theme 7, Global Front-Line Perspectives, emphasizes key international finance, marketing, macroeconomic, and social/policy forces that create business opportunities and threats in Southeast Asia and beyond.

GEMBA Class XI engaged with thirteen enterprises in Singapore and Saigon. The C-suite leaders we interacted with included George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd; Henry B. Nguyen, Managing General Partner of IDGVentures Vietnam; Nguyen Van Hieu, Strategy Manager of CJ CGVVietnam; Christopher Samuel, Director – Corporate Engagement, Monsanto Asia-Pacific; Richard Harshman, Head of ASEAN, Amazon Web Services; Simon Kahn, Chief Marketing Officer – Asia Pacific, Google; and Yosuke Masuko, Owner of Pizza 4Ps.

The trip started with the visit to Marina Bay Sands and discussion with Tanasijevich, who shared the global strategy of Marina Bay Sands for sustainable growth. We also toured the marquee property in Singapore.

On the final day, the GEMBA XI students had a lively discussion with Henry B. Nguyen, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and an Asia 21 Fellow of the Asia Society. He recently was bestowed an additional honor by the Asia Society in Southern California as being an “Asian Game Changer,” for his leadership in bridging cultures through policy, business, arts, and education issues. B. Nguyen related how he had changed his career path from medical professional to PE investor. He also shared perspectives on how to grasp the right opportunity and the challenges and risks to consider for foreign investors and global leaders.

First-hand interaction with C-suite business leaders brought lots of practical insights to the GEMBA XI students. And we affirmed that Saigon has a lot in common with the Shanghai of the early to mid 1990s.

GEMBA XI students interacting with Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd, Managing Director – Global Development, Las Vegas Sands Corp.

GEMBA XI students interacting with Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd, Managing Director – Global Development, Las Vegas Sands Corp.

GEMBA XI students visited one of plants in new industrial area in HCMC, Vietnam.

GEMBA XI students visited one of plants in new industrial area in HCMC, Vietnam.

GEMBA XI students interacting with GEMBA faculty and local business leaders in Mapletree.

GEMBA XI students interacting with GEMBA faculty and local business leaders in Mapletree.

GEMBA XI group photo in CGV.

GEMBA XI group photo in CGV.

GEMBA XI group photo in Microsoft.

GEMBA XI group photo in Microsoft.

GEMBA XI group photo in Google.

GEMBA XI group photo in Google.

GEMBA XI students group photo with alum on the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

GEMBA XI students group photo with alum on the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

GEMBA X Celebrates their Graduation in USC L. A. Campus

After 20 months of hard work, our GEMBA Class X students have now completed their final module with GEMBA. So we celebrated their achievement with the grand graduation ceremony at Town & Gown building, USC Marshall L. A. Campus with their family and friends. Dean Ellis of USC Marshall School of Business and Dean Zhou from Shanghai Jiaotong University Antai College of Economics Management attended the ceremony and gave speech.

Congratulations to GEMBA Class X!

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Yes, We Can Make iPhones in America

In my previous post, The Real Reason the U.S. Doesn’t Make iPhones: We Wouldn’t Want To, I argued that the current cost structure does not make any sense to assemble iPhones in America. I argued that we would be better off focusing on designing iPhones but letting the Chinese handle the assembly. The article has generated quite a few responses and heated debates. After some periods of soul searching, I have come to realize that I need to revise my original conclusion. So, I say yes, we can make iPhones in America.

Please click here to see the full article from Baizhu Chen, Professor of Finance and Business Economics, Marshall School of Business, University Of Southern California

Leave China Out of It, Mr. Romney

Republican presidential hopeful Mr. Romney has pledged to label China as a currency manipulator on his first day in the White House. If this becomes policy, a Romney administration could lead the charge to impose punitive duties on imports from China to offset the advantages these goods enjoy due to the alleged undervalued currency –unless China’s currency, the yuan is appreciated.

Please click here to see the full article from Baizhu Chen, Professor of Finance and Business Economics, Marshall School of Business, University Of Southern California

Tear Down This Wall — the Chinese Tariff Wall

The Obama Administration recently took up the anti-dumping duties imposed by China on imported American-made cars and trucks with the World Trade Organization (WTO), as a violation of the WTO rules. These duties were imposed in 2011 presumably as retaliation against American’s anti-dumping duties on Chinese made solar panels (another move which was highly politically motivated).

Please click here to see the full article from Baizhu Chen, Professor of Finance and Business Economics, Marshall School of Business, University Of Southern California