MBA students tour some of Asia’s hottest business markets

Students and graduates in Royal Roads’ Master of Business Administration in Executive Management (MBA) program had the chance to tour some of Asia’s hottest business markets when they visited Tokyo and Shanghai as part of a recent Royal Roads study tour.

“The trip to Asia gave me new perspectives about various cultures and business practices,” says MBA student Deanne Millington. “It provided insights on how to approach and understand people from other countries.”

A requirement for MBA students working toward an Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Specialization, the tour was developed and led by Prof. Charles Krusekopf and associate faculty member Jeff Kucharski, both of whom have extensive business experience in the Asian market.

“This hands-on learning experience allowed students to gain firsthand knowledge of how important events such as the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement and the diplomatic and commercial disputes between China and Canada have affected company operations and future business prospects,” Krusekopf says.

In Tokyo, the students met with Canadian and Japanese trade officials. They also learned from local business leaders, including Canadian Sarah Cassanova, the head of McDonalds Japan. During a trip to a Honda car manufacturing plant, students observed the company’s manufacturing practices, which focus on pristine cleanliness.

In Shanghai, students met representatives from Canadian firms buying and selling in China, including McCain, Canadian Tire and Sinova Foods, a Vancouver-based firm exporting Canadian food and personal care products. The students also had the opportunity to network with a group of Royal Roads MBA graduates.