ISU hosts workshop on doing business in China

April 6 2006

What: "Doing Business in China" is the focus of an upcoming workshop at Indiana State University, sponsored by the College of Business in conjunction with the International Affairs Center. The event is made possible by an ISU and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. State Department grant on "China and the World Economy."

When: 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2006

Where: 11th floor conference room, College of Business (800 Sycamore Street)

Who: Presenters for the workshop are Xuzhong Li, Shuke Zhao, assistant professor at the College of Public Administration, Liaoning University; Qi Cui and Wei He, assistant professor of management for ISU's College of Business.

Why: China is the world's second largest economy (2005) after the United States and just overtook Japan as the largest holder of foreign currency reserves. China is now a market economy and a world superpower. It's future is promising, but not without threats and uncertainty.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 8:45-9 a.m. - Registration 9-10 a.m. - Country Background, presented by Wei He 10-10:15 a.m. - Break 10:15-11:15 a.m. - Social and Economic Contexts of Chinese Business Practices, presented by Xuzhong Li 11:15-11:30 a.m. - Break 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Cultural Orientation, Business Relationships (Guanxi) and Business Communication 12:30-1:45 p.m. -- Lunch-Business Protocol (Dining Etiquette and Entertaining) 1:45-2:45 p.m. -- Business Protocol and Business Travel in/to China, presented by Shuke Zhao


Shuke Zhao received his Ph.D. in management science from Liaoning University in 2005. He teaches various management courses, including management, organization theory, corporation and society, and conducts research in business ethics.

Xuzhong Li is the graduate dean at the Business School of Liaoning University in China. He received his Ph.D. in management from Liaoning University. He teaches various management courses, including management principle, among others.

Qi Cui is an Associate Professor and Associate Chairman of English Department, School of Foreign Languages, at Liaoning Normal University in China. His research focuses on comparison and contrast analysis of Western and Chinese Cultures.

Wei He received his Ph.D. in management from Boston College and joined ISU in 2002. He teaches various management courses, including human resource management and international business, and conducts research in cross-cultural/international management.


Contact: For more information, contact Heather Lark ( at (812) 237-2000, or Dale Varble at (812) 237-2002 or

Writer: Maria Greninger, associate director, Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, (812) 237-4357 or

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ISU's College of Business and the International Affairs Center present a workshop on doing business in China.

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