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High-performance work systems (HPWSs) typically describe systems of HRM practices, work structures and processes that are designed to produce high levels of employee knowledge, skill, attitude, motivation and flexibility. The positive outcomes of HPWSs have been supported by numerous studies. However, evidence indicates that HPWSs can also exert negative effects. As a result, it is worth examining why HPWSs have negative effects and when these negative effects occur.
Recently, Costco unveiled its first Chinese warehouse store in Shanghai. The US members-only wholesaler believes that retail should be service-driven, and that its own role is to serve the customer. Nevertheless, the company’s opening day in China was a scene of chaos – shelves were emptied within an hour, cars had to wait 3 hours to find a parking place, and customers had to queue for two hours at checkouts. But, how exactly did Costco end up going viral in China? What are the brand’s chances of success in the Chinese market? And what can Chinese brands learn from Costco?  

CEIBS Stories

MBA 2016 alum Dmitry Andreev on swapping Moscow for Shanghai in pursuit of a sustainable future
Earlier this year, Christoph Flink (CEIBS GEMBA2009), Mario Mazzocca (GEMBA2009), Sophia Jiao (GEMBA2018) and Mario Feuerstein (GEMBA2009) climbed the Mount Kilimanjaro. The following is Christoph Flink’s first-hand account of his experience during their adventure.


CEIBS has this month officially doubled the size of its campus in Switzerland, solidifying its status as a unique centre of east-west business learning in Europe.
October 4, 2019. Paris – The CEIBS Insights 5th Europe Forum 2019 China-France Investment Dialogue, co-organised by CEIBS, the Committee of Exchanges Between France and China (CEFC) of CCI Paris Ile-de-France, and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France (CCICF), was held today at the Hôtel Potocki in Paris on the theme of Consumption Upgrade: A New Opportunity for China-France Economic Co-operation.


Please join us at our upcoming CEIBS Executive Forum on October 25, 2019 for a special talk by Ms. Smilla Yuan, CEO of Willis Towers Watson Greater China, on the Future of Work, Organization, and Talent.
Over the past four decades, China’s reform and opening-up has brought about a dramatic shift in the business landscape for Chinese family firms. On the one hand, family businesses are rare opportunities made possible by government policies, rapid economic growth, consumption upgrade, balanced development between urban and rural areas and among regions, continuous expansion of domestic demand and the “Belt and Road Initiative”; while on the other hand, they are grappling with challenges in adapting to economic transformation and changes in the global economy, and in improving the enterprise system. Facing both opportunities and challenges, how will family businesses stay dynamic and competitive? As a traditional Chinese saying goes, “Changes in nature occur in an orderly manner on a periodic basis – that is, they conform to some laws.” As the traditional pattern of development is apparently out of date, family businesses need to figure out whether to remain unchanged or to embrace change, and which aspects should be changed or kept constant. As another saying goes, “Constancy goes hand in hand with change – whatever does not need change should stay constant, while whatever needs change should be changed.” When it comes to “constancy vs. change”, two generations of family business leaders tend to be deeply divided and even at loggerheads. Given China’s shifting business landscape, can a new generation of family business leaders combine their ingenuity and international vision with the entrepreneurial spirit of the older generation to lead their companies forward? These questions are worth discussing in depth. Co-organised by China Family Business Review and CEIBS, the 6th China Family Business Succession Forum & CEIBS 8th China Family Heritage Forum 2019 will bring together family business owners, successors and scholars from the US, Europe, Australia, South-east Asia, Japan and South Korea, as well as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. On the theme of “Constancy and Change”, guests will deliver keynote speeches and participate in roundtable discussions to share exemplary Chinese and overseas family firms’ innovation and entrepreneurship from different perspectives so as to explore how to make family businesses sustainable.

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No international business school knows China better, and no China-based school knows the world better. The CEIBS Executive Education offers companies our unique value proposition of unbeatable China knowledge matched with world-class business management learning. Our extensive Open Programmes and Company Specific Programmes have assisted more than 3,000 organisations and more than 100,000 executives in developing business leadership skills for today and the future.


Shanghai Jiaotong University-CEIBS PhD Programme

Over the last two decades, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) has provided world-class business management education, grooming responsible leaders for China and the rest of the world. Building on the global recognition of its MBA, EMBA and Executive Education Programmes, CEIBS launched its four-year full-time PhD Programme in 2015. The degree will be awarded by Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Programmes in Africa

CEIBS launched its Africa Programme in 2008.

On the basis of our experience in China we are convinced that CEIBS can make a difference in other emerging economies as well. In economies such as in Africa, meeting organisational and societal challenges requires fresh thinking, new insights and creative foresight from executive leaders.


CEIBS launched the Entrepreneurship Platform (abbreviated as E-Platform), a high-quality integrated entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem comprising entrepreneurial education, incubation and investment, on October 24, 2015.
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