[Press and Publications] British University Works with Chinese Employers [Labour Market Studies]

January 2001

No 4

Training and management practices in Chinese enterprises

A team from the University of Leicester Centre for Labour Market Studies has recently returned from China, where they have been working with the Chinese Employers' Confederation to study the current state of training in Chinese business and identify ways in which it can be improved.

After surveying 500 employers in China, the team - Professor David Ashton, Dr Katherine Hills and Ms Barbara Li - delivered their preliminary results and recommendations to a conference of Government officials and human resource specialists in Beijing.

The CLMS findings highlighted the ways in which new high performance working and training practices are already helping Chinese employers secure substantial business improvements.

Discussion at the conference focused on how these practices can be used to help state enterprises. The team have been invited back to develop their work in China further. They are currently preparing a full report to be published jointly with the International Labour Organisation.

Professor David Ashton said:

"This was one of the first research projects to be conducted by the three partners using the internet. The results provide a unique picture of the current state of training in Chinese enterprises. The conference was an opportunity for us bring to the attention of Chinese employers examples of "best practice" in human resource management and training from both the West and China. It provided an excellent basis for us develop further international collaboration in enhancing the quality of human resource development."

The Centre for Labour Market Studies is one of the leading research centres for training and labour market studies in Europe. It also provides a range of post graduate courses, delivered through distance learning, to professionals in the field of human resource development worldwide. It also provides research and consultancy for both international organisations and national governments.

Note to editors: Further information is available from Professor David Ashton, telephone +44 (0)116 252 5957, email and@le.ac.uk. The web address is www.clms.le.ac.uk

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