International Business School Suzhou (IBSS)
International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) was founded in 2013 by Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou. IBSS offers a unique blend of Western and Chinese academic practices. Creative interaction and collaboration with international and domestic businesses, coupled with solid academic grounding, which underpins the IBSS learning and teaching environment. With English as the language of instruction, IBSS delivers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes across all major business disciplines, including IMBA and PhD. IBSS was the youngest business school to be accredited by AACSB and EQUIS and accomplished its triple accreditation journey by being accredited by AMBA in 2020. The core values of IBSS are Inquisitive, Mindful, Professional, Adaptive, Collaborative, and Transformative.
Accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
Dean: Jorg Bley
GBSN Ambassador: Ewout Van der Schaft, Associate Dean for Internationalization
Emerging Markets Institute or Center
The Research Institute for Operations and Supply Chain Excellence is a multidisciplinary institute for the research and development of innovative approaches to establishing excellence in the areas of operations and supply chain management. The Institute’s work is formative in identifying and researching challenges faced by companies as they operate in turbulent business environments with rapidly changing market needs.
Current Partnerships with GBSN Members
As the youngest business school in the world to gain Triple Crown accreditation, we are focusing now on further building our international partnership portfolio. We already have an active exchange with multiple GBSN member universities.
“GBSN membership will benefit IBSS to possess a more comprehensive picture of its relationships with business schools all around the world. As a young business school with triple accreditations, IBSS is dedicated to create impact by exploring and understanding all aspect of the complex and shifting business environment and add value to society. We look forward to collaborating with fellow GBSN members.”
– Jorg Bley, Dean
IBSS will support the GBSN mission by sharing our expertise and experience in business education and contribution to society. IBSS will engage with fellow GBSN member institutions on collaborative projects.
IBSS is committed to helping GBSN set up a new Supply Chain Learning Community, herewith leveraging its expertise in this field. We are looking forward to sharing our experience in this important field with fellow business schools all around the world.
International Business School Suzhou is accredited by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development). IBSS made history by being the youngest business school ever to obtain EQUIS in under two years, in addition to becoming the youngest business school in the world to have received the AACSB and AMBA accreditation. For several IBSS business strategy modules, we collaborate with Capsim’s online interactive business simulation game, called Foundation, which immerses students in a realistic business environment. Capsim is also a GBSN partner.
The biggest challenge facing management in your community and how the institution addresses this challenge:
IBSS since its inception in 2013, has had a mission to contribute to society through bridging East and West, delivering student-centred education, conducting impact-oriented research, and acting as a catalyst of business education and sustainable development. After its foundation, IBSS has created a unique educational model. IBSS’s learning and teaching environment are underpinned by creative interaction and collaboration with international and domestic businesses, coupled with solid research-led teaching. Thus in record time, the IBSS environment prepares Chinese students for international business and international students for doing business in or with China.
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Operations and Supply Chain Management is a significant collaboration between IBSS and the business community in the Yangtze River Delta region. MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management is one of the few English-language masters programs of its kind in China and covers all aspects of effective operations and supply chain management in a highly competitive global marketplace. This unique program equips students with cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills in operations and supply chain practice, prepare them to reach senior managerial positions or to become operations, logistics and supply chain management strategist. Furthermore, the Research Institute for Operations and Supply Chain Excellence supports the program in many different aspects. The institute is a multidisciplinary institute for the research and development of innovative approaches to establishing excellence in the areas of operations and supply chain management. The Institute’s work is formative in identifying and researching challenges faced by companies as they operate in turbulent business environments with rapidly changing market needs.
Why should I study operations and supply chain management at XTJLU?
- Benefit from XJTLU’s strategic location in Suzhou – home to one of the China’s largest economies and many Fortune 500 companies
- Get support from IBSS’s career development team who engage with national and multinational employers to identify the potential job opportunities for our students and graduates
- Tailor your studies to suit your career ambitions to electives in accounting, project management, operations simulation and marketing management available
- Learn how to identify and apply a range of operations management initiatives and techniques that can inform the development of an operations strategy
- Earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Knowledge and Skills
By the time you graduate from the MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management, you will have:
- an understanding of how operations can be managed as a strategic resource the requirements of successful operations and supply chain practice
- the ability to apply the models, processes and tools used to analyze, design and implement operations and supply chain management and logistics solutions
- an understanding of the decisions involved in the selection of suppliers as well as the role and objectives of the purchasing function
- a thorough understanding of the components of supply chains, the material and information flow interactions between them and the analytical and management processes that facilitate successful supply chain performance
- the skills to perform benchmarking using comparative performance techniques
- a critical awareness of current research in business and management through independent analysis of a relevant business case.
GBSN promotes the expertise and interests of our members by providing a platform to communicate news and open opportunities to global audiences and share how they are innovating in management education to the benefit of their colleagues around the world. The New Member Spotlight series serves as a way for new member schools to introduce themselves to the network.