JCSP - Joint Chinese Swiss Program

Market Research & Management Design 
Supervised teamwork with our partner, Shanghai University, China

Are you looking to gain a better understanding of certain market segments in China? A mixed team consisting of students from the FHS St.Gallen and Shanghai University analyses selected market segments for you and develops sales concepts to match your objectives in the Chinese market. The team of students is mentored by lecturers from both universities. Benefit from our many years of experience in China (since 2008).

During the 22-week project implementation phase, which starts at the beginning of March and ends in mid-August, the team will work together in China and Switzerland for 10 days in each country, using the latest online communication tools.

Possible content of real-life student consulting projects in JCSP

The project objectives for the selected market segments in China are defined in advance by the WTT-FHS and the client in accordance with the client’s specific requirements.

  • Market analyses
    size, development, forecasts, distribution, penetration, drivers, barriers, potential
  • Competition analysis
    key players, market shares, strengths/weaknesses, business models, profiles, USPs, strategies
  • (Target) customer analyses
    profiles, sectors, expectations, requirements, price acceptance, perception, satisfaction
  • Trend analysis
    megatrends, technology scouting, substitute products
  • Sales analyses and concepts
    distribution channels, sales services, sales and service models, marketing and sales concepts 
  • Partner or site evaluations

Factsheet

JCSP - Joint Chinese Swiss Program
Student input
Number of team members: 6 students (3 FHS / 3 SHU students)
Total commitment: approx. 1,000 hours
Full-time students in semester: FHS 6th semester (full-time) / 8th semester (part-time) / SHU with Master’s students
Lecturer input
Project coach: 150 hours (Swiss and Chinese coach combined)
Statistics coach: as required
IT coach: as required
Intercultural mentor: 20 hours
Proofreader: 15 hours
Result
Final report: approx. 60 pages, plus management summary and appendices
PR report
Final presentation: to client
Confidentiality: all data belong to the client and are treated confidentially
Language: English
Fixed dates
Start: approx. end of February
End: mid-August
Duration: approx. 22 weeks
WTT YOUNG LEADER AWARD
Nomination: possible
Cost
According to budget: approx. CHF 25,000 payable to WTT-FHS; includes all expenses such as flights, hotels, etc.

Project scope

  • Detailed primary and secondary analysis
    in defined Chinese market segments
  • Research design
    with specific definition of research objectives, target groups, survey methods, research content, etc.
  • Creation of questionnaires
    based on research design
  • Market surveys
    field-based (online, telephone, face-to-face, etc.) 
    desk-based with extensive research
  • Analysis
    collected data are analysed with professional tools and then interpreted
  • Sales strategies and concepts for specific problems
  • Conclusions and recommendations

Suitable for

Businesses and institutions of all sizes and from all sectors which conduct business in China or are planning to do so.

The joint Chinese/Swiss project team was well positioned to handle the challenges of analysing the Logistics Services segment for the major Belt and Road Initiative of the Chinese government. They encountered many obstacles in obtaining information, but they remained determined and motivated to deliver results. Their work has provided us with valuable information for deciding on our future strategy.

Christoph Hollenstein, Head of Group Controlling M&M Militzer & Münch International Holding AG

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