HONG KONG & CHINA - Contrasting Business Practices in China and Hong Kong

Program Dates
Monday, May 13, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019

This program explores the rapid transition of business institutions in China with emphasis placed on how this makes doing business in China much different from doing business in western, developed economies. In terms of International management, we will pay particular attention to the cultural and institutional aspects of doing business and China and how they are undergoing rapid transformation. We will also put emphasis on China's new push towards "moving up the value chain" and "moving from imitation to creativity" in hopes of establishing a higher value-added economy. In this regard, we will be looking at attempts by Universities and Policy makers in China to make the new economy more entrepreneurial and creative. Thus, we will have lectures on entrepreneurship and visit business incubators and startups. In that regard, we will visit universities, cultural and tourist sites as well as existing companies and new ventures. We will collaborate with and give presentations to local students in Hong Kong. For more information, view the program presentation. For a full description and to access application instructions, visit OIED's On-line program brochure.


  • MGT 3530-145 - Contrasting Business Practice in China - 3 credit hours Pre-requisite: 54 earned hours and good academic standing


  • This course fulfills the Entrepreneurship Experiential elective), a Management elective, an IB elective (major, approved, required or other), HOS elective, COB elective or upper level elective and fulfills the Global Issues requirement.


Billable Program Cost: $3937.50
Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, group meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Student Cost: $650 (Summer tuition not included. See below for estimate.)
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: health/wellness ($100), personal expenses ($250), and most meals ($300).
Undergraduate in-state summer tuition for 2019 is estimated at $480 for 3 credits.
Graduate summer tuition for 2019 is estimated at $550 for 3 credits (including the MBA Professional Differential Charge).

Program Leader

Dr. Michael Young
Walker College of Business

Dr. Michael Young is an Associate Professor and in the Management Department of the Walker College of Business. Dr Young worked for 19 years in Hong Kong before joining App State in 2017. His last position was Head of the Department of Management and Associate Director of MBA and MScBM programmes at Hong Kong Baptist University. Originally from West Virginia, Dr. Young has travelled to nearly every province in China and speaks basic Chinese. Dr. Young is a highly-cited and renowned scholar on Chinese Management practice, having over 100 peer-reviewed cases, conference presentations and journal publications with nearly 3,000 citations on Google Scholar. His research interests involve corporate governance, the management of Asian firms, state-owned enterprise reform in China, and financial and organizational economics.  He is an active member of the Academy of Management, and served for seven years as the Hong Kong regional representative for the Business Policy and Strategy Division. He is on the editorial board The Journal of Management Studies and Management and Organization Review and served as a senior editor at the Asia Pacific Journal of Management from 2009 until 2015.

Students not eligible for this program who want to participate should contact the program leader to ask if accommodations can be made.
Eligible Groups: 
Appalachian undergraduates
Undergraduate business majors