How is China Sourcing Academy different from other online courses?
Today, you have basically three types of online training programs available, if you want learn how to buy and import from China:
Most of these videos are designed to steer the viewer towards doing business with a certain factory, sourcing agency or a consultant. In the process they may offer some valuable pieces of information, but they are far from comprehensive in nature! Some are better than others, but none of them are really going deep enough into the subject!
These fast-talking pitchmen target small and/or inexperienced buyers, offering to share “secrets” of the import/export business. They even claim to know what products are "hot" and “guaranteed” to make you easy money. “It’s so easy, you don’t even need to visit the Chinese factories” they say...
If you do a bit of research on these programs, you will find a lot of disappointed graduates. If you look a bit deeper, you may find that some of these “China Sourcing Experts” who teach the seminar, actually failed in their own sourcing ventures, before deciding to become an educator! They also mask the true cost of their courses by having their students purchase one topic/module at a time.
Our China Sourcing online courses suit a more sophisticated audience fitting the following profile:
- Professional business people who know their product and sales channels back home but wish to learn about China sourcing from presenters who are based in China and have a proven track record of success.
- Desire a China-direct (ideally factory-direct) relationship with sellers and not afraid to travel overseas in the interest of building better business.
- Plan to place medium to large sized orders.
- Have customers who are serious about price, quality, lead time and/or the protection of Intellectual Property.
- Business owners and HR managers who wish to use outsource training and validation that staff have achieved a certain level of China business understanding.
Therefore, if you are importing, or thinking about importing products from China, and would like to learn the best practices and avoid common pitfalls... this online course is for you!
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"Mike, Thank you very much for your willingness to help, and for all the wonderful suggestions and recommendations you made in response to my recent question to CSIS regarding doing buisness with China"
"I've been following Mike's work at CSIC for a while and he's certainly the most experienced professional I've ever met when it comes to Sourcing in China."
"I participated - actively - in a lecture by Michael on sourcing from China and I believe he could be invaluable in interfacing an Occidental customer with a Chinese supplier."
"I really enjoyed your presentation on China Sourcing, and was impressed at how at ease you were talking about the details of the ins and outs of doing business in China."
"Thanks to his knowledge about Chinese business, I strongly believe that working for or with Mike makes things faster and easier."
"China Sourcing Academy has been an invaluable source of information, especially if you are just starting out. Michael has been really helpful and certainly knows what he is talking about. Highly recommended. Thanks again."
China Sourcing Course Details & Prices
Advanced Course for Sourcing Professionals
- Module 6 Inside the Mind of the Supplier - Advanced Strategies
- - Video 24 - The Supplier Model - Supplier Strategies
- - Video 25 - The Supplier Model - Supplier Competitive Market Framework
- - Video 26 - The Supplier Model - Supplier Challenges
- - Video 27 - The Supplier Challenge Infographic
- - Video 28 - Overview of Buyer and Supplier
- Module 7 Best Practices of Successful Buyers
- - Video 29 - How Do Large Buyers Manage Their Suppliers in China? - Strategic Location
- - Video 30 - How Do Large Buyers Manage Their Suppliers in China? - Performance Measurement and Cost Control
- - Video 31 - How Apple Manages Its Suppliers in China - Masterclass Part 1
- - Video 32 - How Apple Manages Its Suppliers in China - Masterclass Part 2
- - Video 33 - How Apple Manages Its Suppliers in China - Masterclass Part 3
- - Video 34 - How Apple Manages Its Suppliers in China - Masterclass Part 4
- - Video 35 - How Apple Manages Its Suppliers in China - Masterclass Part 5
- Module 8 Dealing with Problems
- - Video 36 - What to do when things go wrong; Mike's experiences and lessons
- - Video 37 - What to do when things go wrong: Neale's experiences and lessons
- Written Transcript: All Modules!
- Over 460 pages of material
- Audio Transcript: All Modules!
- More than 16 hours of content in downloadable MP3 format
- Interactive Assessment & Feedback:
- All Modules 280 Multiple Choice Questions Supported by 100+ pages for the answers explained in detail. An excellent tool to confirm you, or your employees, are ready to take on the China sourcing challenge.
- Certificate of Completion - China Sourcing
- Issued by the China Sourcing Academy and signed by your instructors
- Complimentary invitation to attend networking functions hosted by CSA instructors. Usually taking place in Hong Kong during the trade show seasons of April and October each year.
- Updates and revisions to the courses provided periodically on an as-needed basis.
Mike BellamyOriginally from Upstate New York, Mike moved to Asia in 1993 and is a China business advisor to both Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. Recognized as an expert on China sourcing for more than a decade, he has been interviewed by: The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Financial Times and Bloomberg. A featured presenter on China business issues at seminars, trade shows and corporate events across the globe, Mike is the author of “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing”. The courses he teaches at the China Sourcing Academy substantially expand upon concepts introduced in his guide book. Mike founded a boutique sourcing agency in China with 1 employee and 1 client back in 2002.
Today he leads the PassageMaker Group which has 150 employees and on behalf clients manages a 200 million USD supply chain (per annum, at time of writing) of goods flowing from China to the world. Mike received a double degree in Diplomacy and Economics in Washington DC and went on to gain an International MBA from the University of South Carolina, which included a year of full-time graduate level courses in China.
|Avoiding Scams||Negotiating Price|
|Safe Payment Practices||Logistics|
|Quality Assurance||Project Management|
|Value Added Tax Planning||Ethics in China|
|Exclusivity & Distributor Agreements||Business Formation|
|Contracts & Legal Issues||Small Order Issues|
|Intellectual Property Protection||Labor Rates|
Mike spent two years as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, studying Japanese factory management, and quality control in Tokyo and Osaka. Later he studied the Chinese language in Manchuria and Beijing. Mike reads, writes and speaks Chinese. He currently spends Spring/Fall in Shenzhen, Winters in Thailand and Summers at the family cottage in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
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Professor Neale O'ConnorDr Neale O’Connor - FCPA, moved to Hong Kong in 1996 and is recognized as an expert on the management practices of Chinese firms. He is the founder and director of the China Supplier 1000 Project, the largest ever face to face interview study of Chinese Suppliers. China Supplier 1000 Project is a corporate research project focusing on strategic and operational risk issues faced by overseas buyers and Chinese suppliers. Exploring how Chinese suppliers win contracts and manage their large customers.
He has been interviewed by Financial Times, Global Sources, Chief Executive China and In the Black. Neale has also spoken to many industry associations throughout Asia.
He is also a senior consultant of the China Lab at Silk Road Associates (Hong Kong), which provides corporate and strategic consulting advice to SMEs and Multinationals. Neale has developed corporate business cases for a number of large multinational companies including HTC, PQI, Philips, Delphi, and Alpharma. His cases are used extensively around the world, with over 8000 purchases to date.
Neale is a CPA of CPA Australia and is originally from Mildura, Australia. He received a degree in Accounting and Economics in Ballarat University. He worked in Mann Judd Chartered Accountants before returning to study a post graduate diploma in Accounting at The University of Melbourne followed by a PhD degree in Accounting and Cross-cultural Psychology at Griffith University, which focused on national culture and the differences in management practice across Asia.
After arriving in Hong Kong, Neale’s research has focused on the modernization processes of Chinese firms, examining both intra-firm and inter-firm settings. Neale has received more than $US350,000 in external grants.
Based on publications, citations and research grants, he is one of the leading Management Accounting Researchers in Asia. His publications have appeared in several international journals: Accounting, Organizations and Society, Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Accounting Research, Australian Accounting Review, Asian Pacific Journal of Management and Journal of Applied Management Studies. Neale has also published two books: The China Casebook on Operational Risk, and Management Control of Multinational Enterprises in China.
He has taught at The City University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore and is presently at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Neale is obsessed with personal development and loves to learn and share new ways of aggregating knowledge. He exercises 7 days per week (Yes in Hong Kong) through running and playing competitive tennis. Born in 1964. Neale has been Asia-based since 1996.
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