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EMBA Leadership Training Program

As China continues its historic rapid economic development there is an expanding recognition that its private and public sector leaders need to develop the leadership and management skills necessary to understand and successfully navigate the often turbulent challenges of the 21st Century. To address these needs, Lanzhou University School of Management has launched an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) degree program for senior executives engaged in a wide range of economic development activities. Gaining an international perspective is an important part of understanding and rising to these challenges of a socially, politically, and economically interconnected global economy.

Starting from 2012, the Center for Public Service, in collaboration with First Stop Portland, hosts an annual leadership training program for the Lanzhou University EMBA cohort. The program integrates theory instruction with site visits to local businesses and public agencies, and it offers exciting opportunities for participants to witness best practices, interact with local leaders from different sectors, and share their own stories and insights.

Program Description

The EMBA leadership training program is designed for senior public and private sector leaders in China involved in economic development. The participants will return to China with an international perspective on the challenges facing them in their enterprises. They will return with the new knowledge gained by field trips to businesses and local agencies in the United States and by instruction in the model for public value-based performance management being jointly developed by the Lanzhou University School of Management and the Portland State University (PSU) Hatfield School of Government. Over the longer term, the perspectives and relationships formed during this seminar will serve these leaders in contributing to their increased leadership and management performance.

The Hatfield School of Government at PSU will provide the Chinese senior executives a tailored program of intensive learning covering four distinct components, each accompanied with translation. First, executives will receive an overview of the joint educational cooperation and research agenda of the two Schools given by the PSU Director of the Hatfield School of Government, the Director of the Center for Public Service, the Program Manager for the Executive Master of Public Administration Degree, and the Program Leader for the joint PSU/Lanzhou collaboration. Second, participants will receive intensive instruction in strategic organizational leadership. Third, participants will engage in field trips to carefully selected businesses and public agencies where leaders will discuss the challenges facing their organizations and how they successfully rose to the challenges. Fourth, participants will debrief after field visits to highlight and anchor important learnings with regard to strategic leadership and performance management.

Participant Testimonials

  • "It was a good program. We could tell great effort was made for this training. The time we spent here was unforgettable."
  • "The program was well designed. The lectures were focused on leadership and its development; the field trips to government agencies and businesses inspired us to discuss and think about problems/challenges in practice."
  • "As a financial industry manager, I benefited a lot from the program."
  • "The introduction of leadership types made me better understand the different levels of leadership. It also helped me set the direction for my own leadership development."
  • "The interaction in the classroom encouraged us to participate more actively, which made us learn more. In addition to the Q & A sessions, there were a lot of exchanges between participants. That created more opportunities of learning. One other thing that impressed me was to interact under different roles. This made me realize in my future work, it is necessary to consider issues from different perspectives."
  • "Through the program, I learned that good leaders actively make organizational changes, carefully plan necessary changes, and then institutionalize those changes. In my future work, I will take initiatives to make positive changes instead of being forced to change only when problems emerge."
  • "We can learn a lot from the Portland story: its transportation planning, development strategies, and community management can all be borrowed for the development of Lanzhou's new district development."

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