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High-performance work systems (HPWSs) typically describe systems of HRM practices, work structures and processes that are designed to produce high levels of employee knowledge, skill, attitude, motivation and flexibility. The positive outcomes of HPWSs have been supported by numerous studies. However, evidence indicates that HPWSs can also exert negative effects. As a result, it is worth examining why HPWSs have negative effects and when these negative effects occur.
Recently, Costco unveiled its first Chinese warehouse store in Shanghai. The US members-only wholesaler believes that retail should be service-driven, and that its own role is to serve the customer. Nevertheless, the company’s opening day in China was a scene of chaos – shelves were emptied within an hour, cars had to wait 3 hours to find a parking place, and customers had to queue for two hours at checkouts. But, how exactly did Costco end up going viral in China? What are the brand’s chances of success in the Chinese market? And what can Chinese brands learn from Costco?  

CEIBS Stories

MBA 2016 alum Dmitry Andreev on swapping Moscow for Shanghai in pursuit of a sustainable future
Earlier this year, Christoph Flink (CEIBS GEMBA2009), Mario Mazzocca (GEMBA2009), Sophia Jiao (GEMBA2018) and Mario Feuerstein (GEMBA2009) climbed the Mount Kilimanjaro. The following is Christoph Flink’s first-hand account of his experience during their adventure.


CEIBS has this month officially doubled the size of its campus in Switzerland, solidifying its status as a unique centre of east-west business learning in Europe.
October 4, 2019. Paris – The CEIBS Insights 5th Europe Forum 2019 China-France Investment Dialogue, co-organised by CEIBS, the Committee of Exchanges Between France and China (CEFC) of CCI Paris Ile-de-France, and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France (CCICF), was held today at the Hôtel Potocki in Paris on the theme of Consumption Upgrade: A New Opportunity for China-France Economic Co-operation.


For well over 100 years, a lot energy was focused on pushing the capabilities of the automobile. Past breakthroughs in vehicular power, handling and design exceeded the physical limits of the human body. But now the invention of connected cars, autonomous driving and smart cities are beginning to transcend the potential of the human brain. As cars become increasingly entwined with our lifestyles and future, we must also demand their makers conduct their craft in an ethical manner. The automotive industry faces several challenges – from shifting to renewable energy to overcoming traffic congestion to new forms of mobility – which it must tackle head-on.
Please join us at our upcoming CEIBS Executive Forum on October 25, 2019 for a special talk by Ms. Smilla Yuan, CEO of Willis Towers Watson Greater China, on the Future of Work, Organization, and Talent.

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No international business school knows China better, and no China-based school knows the world better. The CEIBS Executive Education offers companies our unique value proposition of unbeatable China knowledge matched with world-class business management learning. Our extensive Open Programmes and Company Specific Programmes have assisted more than 3,000 organisations and more than 100,000 executives in developing business leadership skills for today and the future.


Shanghai Jiaotong University-CEIBS PhD Programme

Over the last two decades, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) has provided world-class business management education, grooming responsible leaders for China and the rest of the world. Building on the global recognition of its MBA, EMBA and Executive Education Programmes, CEIBS launched its four-year full-time PhD Programme in 2015. The degree will be awarded by Shanghai Jiaotong University.

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CEIBS launched its Africa Programme in 2008.

On the basis of our experience in China we are convinced that CEIBS can make a difference in other emerging economies as well. In economies such as in Africa, meeting organisational and societal challenges requires fresh thinking, new insights and creative foresight from executive leaders.


CEIBS launched the Entrepreneurship Platform (abbreviated as E-Platform), a high-quality integrated entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem comprising entrepreneurial education, incubation and investment, on October 24, 2015.
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