Learning Curve

Mentoring programs have helped Chinese B-school professors tap into Western teaching methods

When MIT's Sloan School of Management entered the Chinese management education market in the early 1990s, shortly after the government authorized universities to start their own MBA programs, the school's administrators turned to a well-known proverb. "You know, the one where you give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Or you can teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime," says Senior Associate Dean Alan White. "Well, we chose the latter."

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