The purpose of this paper is to report on perceptions of an Executive MBA (EMBA) experience to the development of Chinese managers’ careers.
This qualitative research drew on in‐depth interviews with a sample of alumni from two business schools in China. Narrative analysis focused on career competency development.
Chinese managers perceived the career outcomes of undertaking the EMBA and reported “knowing‐whom” benefits such as sharing information, building reputation and exchanging acquired knowledge, “knowing‐how” namely as a source of learning and “knowing‐why” namely work‐life balance.
The research presents a small sample and so cannot be applicable to the wider population. It is exploratory in nature and intended to encourage debate over the perceived importance of career competencies accrued from EMBA studies in an Eastern context.
The paper adds to existing research on career competency development through the EMBA experience. It offers insights into Chinese managers’ networking ability to put people together and to acquire information, opportunities and resources for career management and development purposes.
Chen, A. and Doherty, N. (2013), "The perceptions of an EMBA experience in China: an exploratory study", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 32 No. 7, pp. 780-795. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMD-05-2012-0069Download as .RIS
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