My road trip through Hong Kong, Singapore, and Manila is revealing continued opportunities for Columbia Business School in Asia. And interest in the School’s inaugural Pan-Asian Reunion, to be held October 24-26 in Hong Kong, is very high. Columbia Business School's network in Asia offers unmatched access in finance, media, real estate, consulting, and manufacturing.
Whenever I travel for the School, I meet with business leaders — alums and nonalums — to ask about current and trend opportunities and challenges in their businesses. Last night, Chris Cheng ’79, chairman of Wing Tai Corporation Ltd., hosted a dinner for me in Hong Kong with government officials and banking leaders.
After a particularly nasty day in the Asian financial markets, we had a lively dinner discussion about whether Asian economies have decoupled from the U.S. economy (I argued they have not), subprime-related credit losses (all agreed there are more to come), and whether the U.S. would suffer a recession this year (my Hong Kong friends are more pessimistic in that regard than I am).
Particularly interesting to me was the observation that today’s MBAs may be the smartest ever, but the key to success in the region — as elsewhere — lies in thinking like an entrepreneur and developing the qualities of a leader.
Many topics, and the 13-course meal permitted a wide-ranging conversation!