Working with LUMS

Modes of co-operation

We are keen to receive ideas from Chinese institutions about the most relevant and useful ways in which we can co-operate. Possibilities include:

1. Research

Staff at Lancaster have pursued research on topics ranging from foreign investment in China, through comparisons of large enterprise management in Britain and China to the reform of China's foreign trading methods. There is a keen interest in extending research on Chinese topics. Some research can grow naturally out of management education programmes. Some may arise as shared interests between your and our staff in topics of relevance to China. We see research as very much an integral part of the development of management education between the two co-operating institutions.

Possible areas for research collaboration include

  • the impact on China's enterprises of the evolution of changes in management since the introduction of enterprise reforms
  • the impact of e-business technologies on business practices in China
  • the effect of trade liberalisation to meet WTO rules on the textile industry in China
  • the implications of EU enlargement for China's foreign trade

but there are many other possibilities.

We also welcome applications from potential doctoral students who wish undertake PhD study in any of the areas in which LUMS has research expertise.

2. Short courses for senior executives

LUMS has extensive experience in providing such courses. We have also participated in schemes for Chinese enterprise managers. Depending on managerial and organisational preferences, short courses could be based in China or in Lancaster - with visits to British enterprises and institutions that are relevant to participants' interests. The duration of courses can be from a weekend to several weeks, depending on the needs and time that can be spared from participants' normal duties.

3. Contributions by Lancaster staff to courses at degree or diploma levels, conferences and workshops at your institution

Provided funding can be arranged we could make contributions in areas in which we have relevant experts. Several of our staff have been involved in delivering courses at Chinese universities including Fudan, Renmin, UIBE and Nanjing. Some have given papers at conferences and workshops including collaboratively with Renmin, Nanjing and Fudan and in Lancaster with senior aviation managers (sponsored by the Ministry and collaboratively with the China British Institute).

4. Collaborative Executive MBA programmes

On our Executive MBA (EMBA), the aim is to teach students - all of whom are experienced managers - to apply theory to the solution of management problems within their own organisations. We are interested in exploring ways of delivering this type of programme in China, collaboratively with a local partner, H.E. institution or organisation.

We stress that we are open to suggestions on other methods of collaboration.

We should be happy to provide further material on LUMS by mail. Requests should be sent to