Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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  1. In a previous post, I menneotid that experienced first-hand how working with China is vital for new and emerging business this was when I was working at a travel start-up who outsourced to the Chinese for development purposes. Spending time at that company helped me to discover how important China really is in the current and future business market. That knowledge in addition to how much I enjoyed my undergraduate experience were the reasons I applied to Cal Poly’s MBA Track 1 program (and the only program I even bother applying too).All these articles ring one thing true, that courses on China should be integrated in b-schools not only in the U.S. or Europe, but around the world. Our Track 1 group is very fortunate that we already have such a module as part of the program. It would be nice to have a general regularly meeting China focused course in the Spring Quarter though (maybe a mix of 3 courses: Culture of China, International and Cross-Cultural Management, and Legal Environment of International Business with rotating professors).The Chinese are fully aware of their upper hand (the place to be doing business and the people who know how to work China), and both Bloomberg articles make this clear. To take advantage, China is bulking up on their MBA programs (even if many are still underdevelopment and just handing diplomas). It makes me very nervous to know that these Chinese MBA programs are able to pick up essential pointers from their counterpart U.S. programs and then add in their China-directed teachings. It essentially puts them at an advantage that cannot be duplicated abroad. It doesn’t surprise me that executives are looking to get a taste of this as in the CNN article.Following graduation, my plans were and intentions are naive to say the least. I wanted to move back to the Bay Area with a generous job and settle down live in my little slice of heave. But the CNBC article has ruined that dream, for the most part. If I really want that generous position, should I stop looking in the Valley and head East instead? While I welcome China’s greater presence and ability to snatch MBA’s, I sure they don’t snatch all my future job opportunities. I can happily say I made the right decision with the OCOB, though. I do think our look into China will be most beneficial down the line.

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