Project activities

1. The Management Board consists of one member from each institution. Its task is to manage the project. Members keep in touch constantly by email and meet during each workshop. One workshop is held in each country and there was a preliminary meeting at Lancaster University to initiate the project and agree the Management Committee. It agreed the operational plan, reviews progress and makes arrangements for the next activity at each meeting.

2. One member of staff from the National University of Laos’s Faculty of Economics and Management and two from the University of Science and Technology Beijing’s Management school (two at Associate Professor level and one an Assistant Professor) have attended courses at Stockholm University and Lancaster University on e-business and entrepreneurship. They have participated in seminars, collected information, held discussions with relevant staff, participated in workshops in both Lancaster and Stockholm, have visited businesses in information technology and public and private institutions engaged in fostering small and medium enterprises. Working with mentors from both Lancaster and Stockholm they have prepared first drafts of the courses that they intend to deliver at their own institutions. An essential component in preparing them is that they carry out research in the relevant fields and draw on that research to produce local case studies to enrich their courses and make them relevant to the culture and environment of their country. These first drafts are being reviewed and commented on by staff at the EU institutions.

3. The course drafts will be presented formally at the next workshop which will be in Beijing from the 15th to the 19th of May 2006. The workshop will also draw in a variety of other interested parties from USTB staff to management teachers from other Beijing institutions, local businesses, the Chinese Management Science Education Society, and representatives of the EU office in Beijing will be invited to attend. Experts in both fields of study from Lancaster and Stockholm will participate and make presentations.

4. Future activities are planned to go beyond the end of the Project. The intention is that the project will reinvigorate previous relationships among the participating institutions. Staff exchanges will continue and joint research projects will be developed. PhD students will be encouraged.