The Changing Corporate Enviroment in Shanghai:
Historical Assessment and Trends Analysis
Facilitated by Mark
Pixley, The Institute of Cultural Affairs
on November 9, 1999
Historical Assessment 1980 - 2000
Trends Analsysis: Shanghai Business Enviroment
What did you enjoy?
- The training section was very interesting
- Creative brainstorming and mapping
- Have got a lot of information about
- Brainstorming, mindmapping.
- I enjoyed thinking through the history
and mindmapping with people from different industries and with very different
experience levels here in China.
- The process to tackle issue.
- I enjoyed hearing the ideas, opinions,
conversations of intelligent, articulate people from a wide variety of
backgrounds and organizations.
- Process moved quickly.
- I ‘m happy to learn the thinking process
with the group (mindmapping) and shared the analysis of the world development
from 1980-2000. As the important thing is to practice and practice makes
perfect, so we should take the learning from this seminar and put into
- Interaction with diverse group of
- Listening to other views.
- Everybody’s participation and ideas.
- Idea exchange and sharing.
- Thinking about and looking at the
broad sweep of world affairs and developments of the last 20 years
- Enjoyed interactions with other participants.
- The thinking process of questions.
It’s a different way for me.
- Different perspective of thinking.
What was useful?
- The mind map is very useful.
- I think that Mindmap will be very
useful for me to change thinking system.
- Diversity of group insight, expertise
from different members of group
- The Mindmapping allowed me to put
many observations and thoughts into context.
- The mindmap was very useful to plan
marketing and to explain Shanghai and China to business visitor.
- Group interactions and comments. Variety
of businesses involved in group.
- Learning from others.
- It is useful for me, that I can change
my way in the fuuture, when I am working with my staff to do the next year
plan. 1. Share the information. 2. Look the history. 3. Talk about the
- The "process".
- All the information comes out of the
- The process and analyzing the trends.
- Noting the rapid pace of system change
in China wrought by opening and liberalization.
- The "mind map" skill. It’s
another system to discuss and consider problems.
- Methodology throughout the training
and within each session.
What were some new insights?
- Use the shortest time to pt all the
information together, which are common sense but not been pt together.
Also enjoyed listening to other people’s thinking and knowledge.
- You’ve got to manage changes.
- I think we can do more.
- Need to move on to vision, action
plans on Future Search.
- The rapidly changing environment adds
uncertainty to doing business here, but potentially offers great future
- Most participants are more looking
technology related development, while people related is less sensed.
- Number of trens and indicators was
a lot. Different opinions based on your understanding.
- Mindmap, historical perspective process.
- Identified/learned the trends affects
the business environment.
- Lots of activities in China in short
period of time – Best place to be?
- Business ------ like people going
through ups and downs in its life.
- Perhaps the world is in a retrenchment/rationalization
phase. Making use of, fully developing, radical developments (end of Cold
War, opening of China, internet). We await the next "big new thing."
- The world looks different to different
- From the "Shanghai business environment"
discussion, I have a lot of information to consider my job, my company,
and my personal development. It’s a long distance between "wishing"
and " reality".
- Helpful for corporation within changing
Suggestions to the facilitator?
- Do a little bit more conclusion.
- If he can be a little more background
study on the audience, he will not look as ignorant.
- Difficult to read handwriting – looking
forward to typed up notes. I enjoyed your positive attitude and the interactive
format of the seminar.
- Flip charts should be better prepared.
Does not look professional.
- Thank for Mark a lot.
- Good seminar.
- Do the summary earlier and let everyone
speak out about what they learned through the process.
- Could spend less time in the world
events and more on the trends in China/Shanghai.
- ½ day is insufficient, seems
to need 1, or 2, day as minimum.
- Thank you. Mark. But it is a long
time from 1980 – 1999 (2000). A lot of us did not come to Shanghai before
- More time and more case introduction
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