Title: Is Chinese business education ready for the era of services economy? – A survey into Chinese services management education

Authors: Hui Tian; Daniel Berg

Addresses: International Economics and Trade Department of Business School, Central South University, Changsha, 410083, China. ' Industrial Engineering Department of College of Engineering, University of Miami, Florida, 33146, USA

Abstract: As the focus of the Chinese economy changes from manufacturing to services, Chinese business education and research need to be refocused. This paper addresses several issues related to services management (SM) education in Chinese business schools. A questionnaire survey with 246 faculty members from 50 top Chinese business schools was conducted to explore how SM education is being carried out in China. The issues in question are: the importance of SM, the degree of attention to SM, the current situation and trend of collaboration in SM between business schools and industry, the status quo and the potential of SM course development. The survey shows a mixed result: on the positive side, SM has been developing into a legitimised course and spread across 24 sample business schools of Chinese key national universities since 1990s; on the negative side, there are still quite a few constraints in SM research and education in Chinese business schools. Based on the data results, some suggestions are made on SM education. The implications of this report, its limitation and future research directions are also discussed.

Keywords: Chinese economy; business education; services management; course development; questionnaire surveys; China; manufacturing industry; service industries; business schools; collaboration; universities; higher education; legitimised courses; R&D; research and development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMDM.2011.043412

International Journal of Management and Decision Making, 2011 Vol.11 No.5/6, pp.397 - 416

Available online: 27 Oct 2011 *

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