Living in China. For those who hail from outside the country, it presents both a challenge and a wonderful opportunity to jump headfirst into an entirely different world. Dan Huang, Research Assistant at the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Creativity, and Jasper Thiedemann (BSc, 2023) shared their own experiences from their time in East Asia.
After an introduction delivered by representatives from WHU Asia Connect, Chinese-born Dan Huang took center stage to present her own unique perspectives to the audience. Before starting her MBA program at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, she had already spent some years working as a consultant. She later decided to move to Germany in 2019 to begin her studies. Having spent so much time in both countries, she was able to describe the differences between the two and give the students valuable tips for the future. For example, she has observed more solidarity among colleagues, greater distances between the hierarchical levels within companies, and a stronger sense of collectivism in China overall. She also noted the factors necessary to integrate into Chinese society successfully. According to her, it’s much more important at the beginning to find a confidant native to the area than to master the local language.