Customised Programmes

Customised Programmes


At IBSS Executive Education, we don’t merely ‘tailor’ or ‘customise’—we create. We work with you to understand your business, discover your needs and collaborate to find sustainable solutions to solve your most complex challenges. Our courses and programmes are designed using a unique blend of the latest research and academic theory, and practical commercial tools and frameworks. As IBSS hosts diverse knowledge areas across management, finance and accounting, and in economics, our faculty well situated to designing and delivering high-value executive education programmes tailored to firms across different industries. We look forward to working with you to develop leaders, overcome challenges and shape the future.


Thriving in business requires confidence, creativity, resourcefulness and a refined understanding of today’s complex environment. To support continuing growth of business leaders, we provide practical and relevant training programmes that are tailored to help executives overcome today’s real challenges.
At IBSS, we combine the strengths of our parent partners, the University of Liverpool (United Kingdom) and Xi’an Jiaotong University (China) to bridge cultures, cross borders and develop sustainable business practices. With leading international faculty and a superb location in the heart of Suzhou Industrial Park, we enjoy ideal conditions for mutually beneficial exchanges between business and academia. This underpins our learning and training environment to ensure our course participants gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in an ever-changing world.


Offered in Chinese or English, in our training facilities or at a location of your choice, our interactive courses combine a range of engaging discussions, group exercises and one-on-one coaching, as well as relevant case studies and role plays.
Before training, we actively engage with you to identify on-the-job challenges and scenarios to customise applicable education to participants. Throughout all the exercises, our experienced trainers offer constructive feedback to ensure optimal outcomes for every course. We have a constantly growing reputation for delivering customised training programmes across a range of disciplines. The courses that we have offered, or are capable of offering, include but are not limited to the following:


Executive Education Courses Catalogue
1 Managing Organizational Change Chinese and English
2 Corporate Governance Chinese and English
3 Business Model Transformation B2B4C Chinese and English
4 Management and Leadership Chinese and English
5 Business Ethics, Responsibility & Risk Management Chinese and English
6 Fundamentals of Risk Management and ISO31000 English
1 Leading Teams in an International Context English
2 International Corporate Financial Management English
3 Cultural Awareness in Global Business Chinese and English
4 International Financial Risk Management Chinese and English
5 Negotiating in an International Environment English
6 Global Supply-chain Finance Chinese and English
7 Competing in the Global Market English
8 Setting up Global Networks and Supply Chains English
Organisational Strategy
1 Business Strategy in the Chinese Context Chinese and English
2 Business Strategy Chinese and English
3 Strategical Thinking Chinese and English
4 Organizational Strategy and Internal Environment Chinese and English
Communication and Negotiation Skills
1 Communication and Research English
2 Research Skills for Executives Chinese and English
3 Essential Skills for Negotiation Chinese and English
4 Business Development and Negotiation in the Chinese Context Chinese and English
1 Management and Leadership Chinese and English
2 Leadership Development English
3 Strategic Planning for Executive Managers English
1 Introduction to Marketing Analytics for Businesses English
2 Marketing Strategies (Manufacturing) Chinese and English
3 Relationship Marketing English
Accounting and Finance
1 Financial Management for Executives without Financial Background Chinese and English
2 Understanding Finance as the Language of International Business English
3 Introduction to Managerial Accounting English
4 Corporate Code of Mainland China’s Stock Exchange English
Applied Economics
1(a) Applying Economic Thinking in Global Business—Macroeconomics English
1(b) Applying Economic Thinking in Global Business—Microeconomics English
1(c) Applying Economic Thinking in Global Business—Behavioural Economics English
2 Economic Development in Recent History Chinese and English
3 Microeconomics: A Firm and its Boundaries English
4 Understanding Macroeconomics for Business English
Project Management
1 Project Management in the Chinese Context English
2 Project Management for the Dynamic Business World English
Disruptive Technologies and Innovation Management
1 New Disruptive Technologies: Big Data Chinese and English
2 Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Successful Business English
3 Bitcoin and Blockchain Chinese and English
4 Strategic Management of Innovation English
5 Corporate Sustainability and Innovation English
6 Entrepreneurship for Business Creation and Innovation Chinese and English
Strategic Human Resources Management
1(a) Micro Human Resources Management Chinese and English
1(b) Macro Human Resources Management Chinese and English
2 Key Talent Recognition and Development Chinese and English
Personal Development
1(a) Mindfulness—Coping with Stress Chinese and English
1(b) Mindfulness—Innovation Chinese and English
1(c) Mindfulness—Facing Risk and Uncertainty Chinese and English
1(d) Mindfulness—Leading People Chinese and English


Although we are a young business school, we have already provided executive training to many prominent companies, including the following:



Company Background

Headquartered in Beijing, CRRC is the world’s largest supplier of rail-transit equipment with a comprehensive product lineup of the latest technologies. It has 46 wholly-owned and majority-owned subsidiaries, and over 180,000 employees. Its main businesses cover research and development (R&D), design, manufacture, repair, sale, lease and technical services for rolling stock, urban rail-transit vehicles, engineering machinery, all different types of electrical equipment, electronic equipment and parts, electric products and environmental-protection equipment, consulting services, industrial investment and management, and asset management. CRRC’s revenues in 2015 were USD37.8 billion, ranking it 266 on the Fortune Global 500 List.


Programme aims and objectives

The central aim of this training programme is to deliver highly interactive and practical management training on the topic of ‘equipping you with the skill sets to lead teams in an international context’. The following objectives have been devised to achieve this aim:

  • develop the ability to recognise core issues and challenges across a range of business topics from both a Chinese and Western perspective
  • reinforce international skill sets, particularly in the areas of communication, managing cross-cultural business relationships, and innovation
  • improve cultural awareness and interpersonal skills when leading international teams comprising of Chinese and overseas employees, and learn how to build trusting and efficient cooperation with local teams in the respective countries
  • provide uniquely tailored opportunities to engage with and seek advice from experts in international business
  • learn how to negotiate to achieve win–win outcomes with overseas customers, ensure CRRC is appropriately protected against risks, and gain needed understanding and sensitivity regarding the legal aspects of international railway business
  • ensure that you can clearly and confidently communicate in an international environment.

Programme implementation


The programme comprises the two stages briefly described below. The first stage (4 month training programme in Suzhou)builds a strong foundation of practical and relevant skills for leading teams within today’s international business dynamic; the second stage (1 month overseas programme on culture and business) focuses on the application of critical learning and skills through an interactive overseas trip.


Company Background

Sodexo is a French food service and facilities management company. It is one of the world’s largest multinational corporations, with 420,000 employees that represent 130 nationalities, and are present on 34,000 sites in 80 countries. Sodexo serves many sectors, including private corporations, government agencies, schools from preschools through to universities, hospitals, military bases, and prisons.

Programme aims and objectives

The primary aim of this course is to help participants understand the strategic fundamentals of a service company—ranging from the company’s mission and vision to its business model and value proposition.

Programme implementation

Teaching is highly interactive, with a focus on facilitating the direct application of techniques by learners in their own organisations. This course centres on building the following skill sets:

  • ability to relate one’s job role to Sodexo’s strategy
  • ability to demonstrate a sound understanding of Sodexo’s business model
  • ability to apply the various components of Sodexo’s value proposition and understand the components’ true value from a customer/client perspective.


Company Background

The Graduate School of Engineering Practice (GSEP) is incorporated in Seoul National University. Seoul National University is a national research university located in Seoul, the capital of Korea. It is widely considered the most prestigious university in the country. In its current form, the university was founded in 1946. Thus, it is the oldest national university in the country. The university comprises sixteen colleges, one graduate school, and nine professional schools. The student body consists of nearly 17,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students.

Programme aims and objectives


The central aim of this programme is to deliver a one-week, highly interactive and practical programme to GSEP on the topic of ‘Strategy and Doing Business in China’. To achieve this aim, IBSS proposes to deliver the following:

  • design and delivery of training for a one-week long summer camp
  • inclusion of at least one day for a company visit and culture tour
  • programme management and administrative support.

Programme implementation


This programme is comprised of five days of interactive training, including one company visit and a cultural tour. Courses centre on cultivating core skills that can help develop each participant to become an active leader in an international context. Those core skills include strategic-thinking skills, communication skills, and cultural-awareness skills.


“I am impressed by XJTLU’s progressive ideas, which are rooted in rich cultural foundations. These cultural foundations are not derived from the school’s short history, but from the characteristics flowing from it combining the East and the West. Here is the meeting place of the most advanced thinking around the world.”

Mr Zhang Liming, Vice Minister of Human Resources, CRRC

“We have been working with IBSS for over three years now, and it has been a great pleasure. IBSS’s executive training boasts prestigious international lecturers, a highly dedicated professional team, world-class facilities, and an excellence-seeking attitude. These qualities align with everything Samsung stands for. We look forward to further cooperating with IBSS in developing and improving the strategic thinking of our executives.”

Ms Catherine Gu, Training Director, Suzhou Samsung Display Ltd.