Unlock practical insights and cultural fluency to confidently navigate the intricacies of China's dynamic business landscape. Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Doing Business in China is an intensive two-day workshop that goes beyond headlines, equipping participants with the essential knowledge and tools for a journey into the Chinese market.

Gain a solid foundation:

  • Culture and context: Uncover key historical and cultural aspects shaping modern China, fostering meaningful interactions.
  • Economic landscape: Demystify China's unique economic reforms and political system to inform sound business decisions.
  • Navigating business: Explore practical strategies for entering, developing, or expanding your business presence in China.

Go further:

  • Discuss relevant themes like the future of communism, democracy prospects, and China's global influence.
  • Explore human rights implications and responsible sourcing practices.
  • Apply your learnings to real-world business scenarios and challenges through interactive exercises.

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Registration Information

Certificate Location Date Delivery type Cost Register
Doing Business in China Phoenix, AZ Feb 3-4, 2025 In-person, Online $1,500 Register

Key Benefits

  • Gain a deeper understanding of Chinese history and culture, with an emphasis on how deeper understandings of Chinese history and culture help in effective execution on the business front.
  • Develop a deep understanding of China's political system and how current politics affect the business environment.
  • Learn about effective business structure and negotiation strategies that take into account Chinese history, culture, and the political system.


  • Develop a deep understanding of China’s role in the world, and how this dynamic and rapidly changing role creates challenges and opportunities for doing business in China.
  • Learn about how China’s Tier 2 and 3 cities are the engines of China’s economy today and develop a deeper understanding of the opportunities these cities present for businesses.

Who Should Attend?

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Executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals exploring China's market complexities.

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Officials, researchers, and analysts seeking a deeper understanding of China's global influence.

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Individuals interested in China's rise and its impact on the international stage.


The program will use presentations, small group discussions, and interactive sessions to cover the following topics:

  • Create a foundation to diagnose the state of doing business in today’s China, including political analysis, China’s current role in the geopolitical economy, supply chain analysis, and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
  • Formulate a strategic point of view on doing business in China today that can advance their personal/professional and organizational objectives.
  • Build a learning community of business leaders sharing issues about doing business in China today.


Thunderbird Exec Director and Professor Doug Guthrie

Doug Guthrie

Executive Director of Thunderbird China and Professor

Why Thunderbird for Executive Education?

Thunderbird empowers global professionals to shape the changing landscapes impacting their enterprises by expanding and updating their future-ready skills and connecting them to a diverse network of global experts.

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