Global Residency - China

  • China Residency BuildingsPast global residencies in China have explored business, governmental, and cultural centers such as Shanghai and Beijing.


    Courses commonly taught during this residency focus on key local and multinational companies for further framing the conduct of global business. These courses could include:

    • Global Economies and Markets
    • Global Leadership Explorations
    • Operations Management

    A typical residency day includes three case method classes (some of which are taught by multiple faculty during a single class session — watch this Darden Team Teaching video to learn more) and learning team meetings in the evening. Throughout the residency, you will also participate in global leadership exploration engagements (examples outlined below) that are closely linked to your coursework.

    Residency Highlights

    The following activities are a sample of past the residency engagements and are subject to change each year.


    • Vice-Chairman of JPMorgan-Chase on conducting business and managing family-life in Asia
    • Founder of China Star on starting businesses in China.
    • Executive Vice-President of Kone Elevator China on the commercial growth in the Chinese market and the role of foreign companies and investment.
    • Local Chinese business experts on conducting business in China and its historical and current cultural context.
    • Local Beijing attorneys on the developing role of law and litigation in business in China.

    Company Visits

    • China Residency ShanghaiFollowing an Operations and Global Economies and Markets case study on Wal-Mart Asia, students visited a Shanghai Wal-Mart Supercenter.
    • Students visited Baidu, a prominent Chinese language web search engine company.
    • Students participated in a day-long kaizen (quality improvement exercise) at Fluke’s Shanghai Shilu Instrument Co. with an opportunity to apply concepts learned via distance learning in a real-world environment. Students spent a day in the factory and then delivered recommendations to company executives and workers on improvement actions they could take.

    Other Engagements

    • Students have met and networked with alumni who were attending Darden’s Annual Global Leadership Forum in Shanghai.
    • Following a case study on urbanization, students visited Shanghai’s Urban Planning Exhibition Center, the People’s Park and community organizations to better understand the degree of government influence in commercial, cultural and day-to-day activities.
    • Students visited the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square as studies in governmental relations to diplomacy, trade and commerce.