Training Programs

IACMR “The Scholarship and Methods of Teaching” Workshop 2019

To accomplish IACMR Mission that seeks to “advance the science,education and practice of Chinese management”, the IACMR board decided to launch a new program of “The Scholarship of Teaching Workshop”, starting from 2019. The purpose of this workshop is to help those IACMR members with a passion to education become excellent teachers, thus help advance the quality of management education in China .

This workshop is designed for faculty members with at least two years’ of teaching experience in the field of management (e.g., OB, HR, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Consumer Behavior etc.).

1. Program Dates, Venue and Language:

Date:              July 20-22, 2019

 Venue:           PKU/Xi’an Campus

Language:      Chinese

Thanks to the great support of Guanghua School of Management Xi’an Campus! Xi’an Campus was founded on May 24, 2014 to support the social and economic development of Northwest China. Up to now, it has offered part-time MBA and EDP programs. In addition, events like Belt and Road Development Forum are held regularly. There are three teaching buildings on the campus able to accommodate 1500 students concurrently with its modern teaching facilities. It’s located in Lintong District and the historical site of Terracotta Warriors is just a stone’s throw away.

2. Program Faculty and Key Topics:

Runtian Jing (Shanghai Jiao Tong University):
Integrating Research and Teaching (搭起教学与研究之间的桥梁)
Xuhong Li(Fudan University):

Design of Paired-Cases: Principles and Applications (成对教学案例设计:原理与实践)

Neng Liang (China Europe International Business School):
The Science and Craft of Case Teaching (案例教学的科学与手艺)

Jia Lin Xie (University of Toronto):
Cognition and Emotion: The Art of Storytelling and Management Teaching (认知与情感:“讲故事”的艺术与管理教学)

Zhixue Zhang (Peking University):
Underlying Logic and Teaching of Organizational Management Disciplines (组织管理的学科逻辑与教学)


3. Unique Features

-Integrating the science and arts of teaching

Teacher-training programs currently available in business education community in China typically offer valuable insights and practical tips based on instructors’ personal experiences. This IACMR workshop goes above and beyond that. Taking advantage of the latest science of learning, this workshop is designed to integrate personal experiences with education-relevant research outcomes and apply the science of learning to the practice of teaching.  This program will cover various teaching approaches (including but not limited to the case method) that can be applied to different programs and for different audiences.

-“Hands-on” sessions

-This workshop is”hands-on” in that participants will work on a teaching plan that they wish to improve during the workshop. The three-day program consists of six half-day sessions. Each half-day session will start with a “method/skill” presentation, given by an experienced instructor, followed by a “practice” session, where the participants will apply the methods/skills just delivered to their own teaching. Workshop instructors will lead the discussion among the participants on how to deal with issues that might arise in the application of such methods/skills.

-On day 3 afternoon, the final session of the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to seek feedback from instructors and other participants on their teaching plans. They first discuss their modified teaching plans in small groups for suggestions, then, selected participants will present their revised plan in a plenary session, with workshop faculty and participants serving as commentators.

-Well-prepared participants

-Most teaching-related programs currently offered in China do not require participants to make serious preparation in advance. This workshop requires the participants to be fully prepared, because learner preparation is critical for effective learning.  To ensure a high level preparation, applicants are required to submit an application essay and a teaching plan that they wish to work on (see point 4; also see the attachment file for the form). Once admitted into the program, participants are required to finish reading assignments before arrival.

-Dedicated instructors

The five workshop instructors will be on-site throughout the three-day program, to facilitate group discussions and help participants apply what they have learned to their own teaching. The expected outcome of the workshop is that participants return to their school with a broader perspective of the scholarship of teaching, an enhanced set of teaching skills and tools, and a much improved teaching plan.

4. Application requirements, procedure, and fee

Application requirements:

Because of the “hands-on” nature of this program, the total number of participants is limited to 60. Only fee-paying IACMR members are eligible for applying for the workshop (membership dues can be paid in the ‘Membership Center’ after logging into the membership account).

To ensure that all participants are well prepared before arrival, candidates need to submit an application essay and a teaching plan to IACMR Beijing office.  The essay shall describe (1) their most proud achievement and the toughest challenges in teaching, (2) what they want to improve the most during the workshop, and (3) how they see teaching in their careers.

The “teaching plan” should answer the following five questions (1) What the session (or a case) is about, (2) how this session (or the case) fits in a course, (3) why it is taught (learning objectives), (4) what you are going to teach (the contents), and (5) how you are going to teach it (the process).  For those who are not familiar with teaching plan, please refer to HBS teaching note #9-793-105, “Teaching Notes: Communicating the Teacher’s Wisdom”, by James Austin. The notes are available to faculty members in HBSP.Harvard.EDU. It is written for case teaching, but the principles apply to other teaching methods (lecture, storytelling, experiment, simulation, field visit etc.) as well.

[Note: about downloading of the teaching notes: Harvard Business Publishing states ‘that access to the Sample copies of HBS cases and HBR articles via the HBP Educators site is restricted to current university teaching faculty only and these Sample copies have a DO NOT COPY OR POST watermark on them as access is granted only for the purpose of determining if a specific title is appropriate for their courses. ‘ If you are a teaching faculty member, please visit and search for “Teaching Notes: Communicating the Teacher’s Wisdom”. You need to get registered and will be able to download it once HBSP has confirmed your teaching faculty status.]

Based on the submitted teaching plan, workshop faculty will divide participants into groups with similar interests to ensure more effective group discussion.

The program organization committee will seek applicants who have the passion and drive for teaching excellence, as is reflected in the application essay and the submitted teaching plan.

Deadline and procedure:

The deadline for application to participate in the program is March 31. Applications should be sent to IACMR Office ( Acceptance notice will be sent before May 1.

Program fee:

Registration fee is RMB 2,000 per participant, covering the cost of instruction, teaching materials, tea break and most meals during the program. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging.  Registration fee is due May 15.

Click here to download the application form.