International Leadership and Training Center hosted a four-day Study Tour Program on topic of Organization Strategy and Policy for 20 MBA students from South China University of Technology in October.
Students experienced lectures, reception with MSU College of Business students and faculty, and business visits in Springfield, Missouri.
The topics of the lectures included: Introduction to American Business Culture, Impact of Geo-Politics and Technology on Organization Strategy, The Basics of Organization Strategy and Policy, Aligning Organizational Operations with Business Strategy, and Knowledge Management as a Part of Organization Strategy.
ILTC also organized visits to 1 Million Cups presentation and O’Reilly Auto Parts Corporate Headquarters.
O’Reilly Auto Parts stated in their internal Newsletter,
“The visit concluded with O’Reilly Chief Executive Officer Greg Johnson, Chief Financial Officer Tom McFall, Executive Vice President of Sales and Store Operations Brad Beckham, Vice President of Human Resources and Training Jonathan Andrews, Vice President of Investor Relations Mark Merz, and Director of Information Technology Security and Compliance Mark Garton. The theme of the Panel discussion was corporate strategy, and discussion focused on how O’Reilly Auto Parts managed its dramatic growth and navigate business challenges in today’s retail environment where brick and mortar retail stores are challenged by online shopping sites.
MSU International Programs Liaison Jeff Schmedeke said, “Our group found the talk with top leadership to be refreshingly down-to-earth and candid, as well as a positive reflection on Springfield’s business culture. We can’t thank our friends at O’Reilly enough for providing such a rich experience to international partner program students of Missouri State University.”