Experiential Learning in China
Enterprise Diagnostic Residential Trip

The Residential Trip is a unique and strong component of the CityU EMBA and MBA programmes. The aim of this course is to integrate and consolidate a major part of participants’ learning on the programme by applying the knowledge and skills acquired in a new and ambiguous situation outside of Hong Kong, normally in mainland China. Throughout the trip and during the follow-up period, participants deepen their managerial problem-solving skills and test their ability to work in a team under adverse and stressful conditions.

Since its launch in 1997, the Residential Trip has established a brand name for the CityU EMBA and MBA programmes, not just in Hong Kong and Greater China, but also around the world. Each year, MBA participants from Indiana University join the CityU groups on the trip. The College of Business has organised 54 residential trip delegations, visited 21 cities in China and conducted consultation studies for 50 companies in a variety of businesses.

These Residential Trips have been extremely successful. They provide good exposure and the exchange of business know-how to all parties involved — the MBA participants from CityU and our partner institution, and also the management professionals of the host organisations.

Details on previous R-trips:

Before the Trip

  • The College of Business approaches interested organisations and invites those that are appropriate to act as host organisations to take part.
  • Participants form five to six study groups with a maximum of four members in each group for the projects/problems that are suggested and finalised by the host organisation and the College of Business at CityU.
  • The study groups first conduct appropriate research in Hong Kong, and then thoroughly plan how they will carry out the field study during the ten days.

During the Trip

  • The study groups visit their host organisations accompanied by their lecturers.
  • The participants conduct appropriate local surveys (if necessary) and conduct interviews with the relevant parties/departmental managers of the host organisation (approximately three days).
  • They then discuss and analyse the problems, and develop solutions and recommendations.
  • Before the end of the visit, the study groups present their findings and recommendations to the senior management of the host organisation. These presentations are extremely useful, as management evaluates and provides feedback on them.

After the Trip

  • Within a month of returning from the field trip, each study group produces a written report that is also submitted to the host organisation.

Sample Study Projects for the Residential Trip

Human Resources Management

  • Appraisal System
  • Corporate Culture
  • Internal Communication
  • Learning Organisation
  • Restructuring
  • Staffing and Organisational Structure
  • Training and Development

Marketing

  • Branding and Corporate Image
  • Competitive Strategies
  • Effectiveness of Existing Marketing Plans
  • Market Positioning
  • New Market Development
  • Product and Service Innovations
  • Product Mix and Pricing Strategies
  • Promotional Strategies
  • Services Quality and Customer Satisfaction Evaluation
  • Store Layouts

Operations Management

  • Accounting System
  • Assessment of MIS
  • Chain Store Management
  • Cost Control
  • Internal Audit
  • Inventory System
  • ISO9000 and Quality System
  • Long-term Corporate Strategies
  • Reengineering
  • Strategic Alliance
  • Supply Chain Management