February 20, 2006

Weatherhead School of Management to host panel discussion on challenges and opportunities of doing business abroad

Event will feature representatives from Eaton Corporation, Invacare Corporation, and law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

With a population of more than one billion and a burgeoning economy, China represents an enormous potential market for American companies. But while China is more open to foreign investment today than in the past, doing business there still presents significant challenges for foreign enterprises.

Representatives of three Northeast Ohio firms doing extensive business in China will discuss their experiences and provide suggestions for other companies thinking about establishing operations abroad, especially in China, in an upcoming panel discussion, "Surviving and Thriving in the New Global Economy," at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. It will take place Monday, February 27 at 8 a.m. in the George S. Dively Building, 11240 Bellflower Road, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by the public accounting and consulting firm Crowe Chizek.

Panelists include:

  • Craig Arnold, president of the Fluid Power Group and head of Asia-Pacific operations for Eaton Corporation
  • Matt Mullarkey, vice president of Global Operations for Invacare Corporation
  • Peter Shelton, partner and co-chair of the China Practice for the law firm Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Eaton has operated manufacturing facilities in China for many years, while Invacare opened its first plants in Shanghai in 2004.

Moderating the discussion will be Leonard Lynn, professor of management policy, chair of the Department of Marketing and Policy Studies, and interim director of the Weatherhead School's Global Business Studies Institute. He is the author of Organizing Business: Trade Associations in America and Japan (with Timothy McKeown), How Japan Innovates: A Comparison with the U.S. in the Case of Oxygen Steelmaking and more than 50 articles in such journals as Science, Research Policy, and the Journal of Engineering Technology-Management. Lynn has been a Fulbright visiting research scholar at Tokyo University and a Japan Ministry of Education Visiting Professor at Hitotsubashi University.

The event is open to the public. Admission is $30, which includes breakfast and parking, but pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is Thursday, February 23. To register or obtain more information call (216) 368-6413, or visit http://weatherhead.case.edu/breakfast/.

The Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management is an international center of management scholarship, committed to preparing and enhancing organizational leadership. The Weatherhead School is dedicated to making discoveries of enduring consequence, developing innovative educational programs, fostering strategic partnerships with students and organizations, and providing services to multiple communities.

For more information: Jeff Bendix 216-368-6070.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, February 20, 2006 10:15 AM | News Topics: Events, Lectures/Speakers, Public Policy/Politics

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