VICTOR Z. CHEN

In pursuit of the profound, the innovative, and the visionary

Biography

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        Three-way teaching

        3Way projects

Practical Engagement

In the Media

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Rambling Thoughts

 

 

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My experiential learning collaborators came from the following organizations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Beijing, China PR

 

 

Course Directory

 

MGMT3274: International Business Processes and Problems (Fall)

MGMT3275: International Management (Fall)

MBAD6197: Managing Multinational Enterprise (Spring)

[Sample presentations in previous classes: Uber into Iceland, Bank of America into Ireland, Marriott into Iran, Amazon into South Korea]

 

My Teaching Philosophy

 

My philosophy of teaching is to situate students into a science-practice ecosystem, combining experiential learning projects, lectures for analysis and synthesis (50% time of the course), and students’ practice of their own interpretation and vision (50% time of the course). In every course, students are guided throughout the semester to solve an actual business strategic planning problem. While there is a shared template for the questions to be answered and the structure of their proposal, students (grouped in teams) can choose their own business/company of interest.

 

SelectED experiential learning projects

 

2015          Wells Fargo International Strategic Initiative (Guest speakers: Rajnish Bharadwaj, EVP/Head of Cross-border governance; Satoshi Watanabe, SVP/Head of International strategic initiatives; Philip Stafford, Country Risk Analytics Director) [Photos of moments]

Topic: Global opportunities and risks, and strategy for the investment banking business

 

2014          3D Systems Inc. (Guest speaker: Rajeev Kulkarni, Chief Product Officer) [Photos of moments]

Topic: Performance assessment of global mergers and acquisitions

“Our collaboration was both engaging and informative. We gathered several key insights and it was a pleasure to interact with such a motivated and talented group of students. We look forward to future collaborations with Professor Chen and his class.”Rajeev.

 

2014          Charlotte Regional Partnership (Guest speaker: Ronnie Bryant, President/CEO)

Topic: International business visit itinerary for European family business investors

 

2014          Charlotte Chamber of Commerce (Guest speakers: Eileen Cai, VP of Asian sector economic growth; Sven Gerzer, VP of European sector economic growth)

Topic: Cluster advantages analysis of Charlotte as a global business hub

 

2014-15     Wells Fargo Country Risk Analytics (Guest speaker: Philip Stafford, Country Risk Analytics Director) [Photos of moments]

Topic: Country risks in Argentina and strategic responses

I enjoyed my experience with Victor’s students last year, and the “real world” challenge was a unique experience for me and a lot of fun.  When I gave my presentation, I posed a risk management problem to the students, then who then put a lot of time and expertise of their own into solving it, and I went back several weeks later to hear their presentations.  Many of them are already working and some are already our colleagues here in the bank or future colleagues (in late December I coincidentally ran into one of them in the Overstreet and learned that she now works for Wells, one floor below me).” —Philip.

 

2013          General Microcircuits Inc. (Guest speaker: David Dalton, CEO/President)

Topic: Organizational structure of new operations in Costa Rica

 

Other guest speakers (without an experiential learning project)

 

Rina Arline (Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch)

Rishi Bhatnagar (Founding President, Analytics & Big Data Society)

Lourdes Casanova (Senior Lecture & Executive Director, Emerging Markets Institute, Cornell University)

John Paul Galles (CEO, Charlotte Biz)

Damon Gregoire (CFO/EVP, 3D Systems)

Martyn Johnson (European Investment Director, North Carolina Department of Commerce)

Aditya Khurjekar (CEO & Founder, MEDICI)

Howard R. Layson (CEO, Layson Logistics; former CIO at Ford Motor Credit)

David Linford (General Manager, GOM Americas)

Timothy Newlin (Executive Director, Multinational Corporations, JP Morgan)

Rohan Paul (Client Relationship Executive, Deloitte; former Managing Director, Wells Fargo & JP Morgan)

Chase Saunders (Senior Partner, SaundersLaw; former Superior Court Judge)

Wes Seeger (Director, Foreign Exchange, GPS Capital Markets)

Monica Trautwein (Senior Relationship Manager, Global Banking, Wells Fargo)

Daniel Ward (Associate Partner, Sia Partners; former SVP, Bank of America)

 

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