Field Course: Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Challenges in China's Emerging Market - Harvard Business School MBA Program

Field Course: Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Challenges in China's Emerging Market

Course Number 6655

Associate Professor Elisabeth Koll
Winter; Q3; 1.5 credits
4 sessions; Paper

Field Course in Q3 for 1.5 credits; mix of supervised project work in teams with four class sessions in Q3. Students who determine at the start of Q3 that they want to develop their field project further and in greater depth may register their field project for 3 full credits across Q3 and Q4 with approval by the faculty.

Career Focus

This field course is designed for students who are interested in working on projects focused on China as an emerging market. Working in teams of two or more members, students will complete a field-based project that relates to specific companies or industries (U.S., multinational, or Chinese) and how they deal with the competitive, regulatory, and strategic challenges and opportunities of doing business in the China market. This field course is particularly suitable for projects exploring issues of comparative cross-national competitiveness among companies and industry sectors. It is the goal of this course to prepare students considering career options related to managing, creating a business or investing in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Asia as well as those students with a general interest in emerging markets and the economic and political dynamics framing China's role in the global marketplace.

Educational Objectives

Students can work on a project of their own choosing with instructor approval. In this field-based course, students will learn in their academic inquiry through the contact and interaction with companies, business practitioners or policy makers. Students will be expected to identify a topic, be it the study of a company, an industry, or a regulatory issue and propose a set of questions related to the project. The four class meetings will allow students across all teams to share insights into project planning and execution and how to gather and analyze data and draw conclusions. Students are encouraged to contact the faculty in the fall semester if they have plans for preparatory field work during January term or wish to prepare and get advice on specific projects and company contacts in advance.

Course Content and Organization

Apart from regular team meetings with the faculty, the whole class will meet four times in Q3 to share and give feedback on the projects in their different stages. The output of this field course will be a final report (20-page written paper/presentation) and a team presentation of the project to classmates and peers. Students who determine at the start of Q3 that they want to develop their field project further and in greater depth can approach Prof. Koll about registering the field project for 3 full credits across Q3 and Q4. Students can combine this field course with the IXP Course: China; Understanding China's Business Environment.