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Shanghai, China 2015

Shanghai, China

Global Enterprise Management: Doing Business in China

"I have no idea where to begin. This was such an amazing experience, and I have grown so much as a result of this experience. I am leaving China with 180° change in views of the people, the country, and life in general. Thank you so much for this opportunity!"

Andrew Albrecht

Shanghai, China

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China is the prominent geographic, cultural, economic and political fact of East Asia. Since late 1980s, Chinese economy continues to transition away from central planning to a market-driven economy. Its economic growth has been unparalleled in the history and has significantly impacted the world economy.

In 1979, China instituted economic reforms, established "special economic zones," and opened itself to foreign investment. Shanghai was one of the coastal cities granted special economic privileges. That encouraged the inflow of investment in the form of technology, capital, and information.

The business opportunities for U.S. and China are remarkable. Indeed, China and U.S. can both lay claim to being the world’s largest marketplace: U.S. with the highest per capita income and China with its 1.3 billion population. This course will examine the factors powering China’s economy and explore opportunities and challenges in doing business in China.

Discover the technology and manufacturing hub of China and a world of opportunity for business.

Lead Faculty

Mark Chun

Mark Chun
Interim Department Chair of Strategy, Information Systems and Decision Sciences; Denney Academic Chair; Associate Professor of Information Systems
PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder
MBA, University of California at Irvine
BA, University of Hawaii


John Durand


John Durand
Practitioner Faculty of Information Systems
MBA, Pepperdine University
MS, Pepperdine University




Important Dates
Application Period Opens: November 3, 2014 @ Noon
Application Close Date: January 23, 2015 @ 5:00 p.m.
Program Dates: April  19-25, 2015
Mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting: Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Location: WLA Campus
Time: 8:00am-2:00pm
 Flight Itinerary due: Not before 1/26/15 but by 3/13/15

Program Costs:

$3,695 - Single room accommodation
$3,575 - Student shared room (participant responsible for finding roommate)
$TBD - Guest Fee: Shared Room with Student

The program fees include:

  • Lodging for six nights
  • Breakfasts and some lunches
  • Classroom sessions
  • Speakers
  • Company visits, government visits, cultural tours, or activities
  • Transportation during the program week
  • Certificate of completion
  • Final dinner

Airfare, taxis and other travel expenses are additional.

Participants are responsible for making own travel arrangements

If you plan to take this course for academic credit, standard tuition fees will also apply in addition to the program fee. If you take this course for no credit, it WILL NOT fulfill your global requirement.

Global Programs office will notify the Programs Office to register you for course credit.

Tuition Reimbursement

Students who receive company tuition reimbursement are obligated to meet their tuition payment due date regardless of the global trip completion date or grades availability. The $50 late company reimbursement fee and a daily finance charge of .027% will accrue upon any unpaid overdue balance.

Graduation Information:

Students taking Global Business Intensive Courses offered in April will be enrolled in the Spring trimester and will graduate in August at the earliest.

Course Offering and Cancellation

Planning of this course is contingent upon a safe and secure environment in the country and region of designation. A change in conditions that may impact the successful facilitation of the course will result in modification and/or cancellation of this course and may result in only partial reimbursement of program costs to participants. Pepperdine University assumes no liability for cancellation of a program due to circumstances beyond its control.

Guest Policy

Guests are allowed but not advisable as accommodations are very limited.  Please read the complete Global Programs Guest Policy for more information.  If you have any questions about guest fees please email us at: GSBMGlobalPrograms@pepperdine.edu


Participants will stay at a four- or five-star hotel in Shanghai.

Sample Program Itinerary: (Items are subject to change.)


Arrival in Shanghai, accommodations check-in, welcome by faculty


Classroom Learning (generally 9:00am-5:00pm)
Topics: Legal System, Government Structure, Investment Policies and Incentives, Protectionism, Managing Projects, HR and Compensation Issues, Banking System, Future of Doing Business in China

Breakfasts provided

Some  lunches provided

Closing Dinner provided

Professional field visits to companies

Cultural activities: City tour


Accommodations check-out and departure from Shanghai