The Charge Of Asia's B School Brigades

When Zhang Shouhang's employer, Xuzhou Construction Machinery group, lost a bid to supply equipment for China's planned $30 billion Three Gorges Dam, it did more than just gripe to the government. Instead, the 27,000-worker state-owned company, based in Jiangsu province, sent Zhang and four other senior staff members to study at the MBA program at Beijing's Tsinghua University. "The company decided we need to learn more," says Zhang, 35, a Xuzhou director who studied automation engineering in college, but no economics. "We discovered we lack experienced managers."

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