IBM clients in China benefit from shared knowledge


Thirty-two banking and business managers in China know more about Western management skills today thanks to a knowledge transfer course provided by McMaster faculty and IBM in Beijing.

Several McMaster business professors travelled to China late last year to provide instruction in the areas of finance, marketing, human resources, project management and strategic management as part of six-weekend course sponsored by business equipment giant IBM.

Luke Chan, professor of finance & business economics, and the executive director of the Office of International Affairs, organized the venture.
“The purpose of the program was to provide IBM clients with knowledge of Western management skills that could be used to improve their own businesses,” says Chan.

The program was initiated by IBM to provide additional skills and expertise to its major clients in China. The course began Dec. 10, 1999 and concluded on Jan. 30, 2000.

The 32 trainees who participated in the session comprised mostly general managers and heads of departments from IBM's major software customers. Banking and private software companies as well as industries from various regions of China were also represented. Upon completing the program, trainees were awarded a certificate of Advanced Management in Information Technology from McMaster and the School of Business.

The program received such a great response that a second session is being proposed for April 2000.