Wharton EMBA students from both the east and west programs traveled to Asia in September for their International Seminar trip, which is the culmination of a semester-long examination into how business firms develop and implement strategy in a competitive global context . The Philadelphia class visited Bangkok, and the San Francisco class went to Shanghai.
The east coast class spent an exotic week in Bangkok, Thailand. Students attended presentations with representatives from Toyota Motors, Thailand, Citigroup, Bank of Thailand, Asia Plus Securities, Pathways Software, Johnson & Johnson, Mead Johnson, Shin Group, GE Financial, Abbott Labs and Siam Cement. Other highlights of the week included a cruise on the Chayo Prao River, an evening reception at the US Ambassador’s residence and a grand finale roof-top dinner complete with fireworks! All students were also fortunate to participate in an English pronunciation course from American English University.
The west coast class enjoyed a busy week in Shanghai, China. After initial meetings with the US Consulate and representatives from the School of Management, Fudan University and Goldman Sachs, China, students visited a wide range of companies including: Li Ning, Cushman & Wakefield, Bao Steel, Yum! Brands, Shanda Interactive Entertainment Ltd., Shui On Group, Shanghai General Motors, Spreadtrum Communications, Northern Lights, 3 M China, HSBC, Focus Media Holding Company, Cisco Systems, IDEO Shanghai, McKinsey and Lenovo.