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In the second year of your MBA study at Massey you will take part in a guided study tour in an international destination.
The tour is a compulsory part of the programme and you will select from two or three study tour destinations. During the tour you are given the opportunity to take an in-depth look at the way international business operate and management skills are applied.
The study tour is undertaken as part of the strategy paper and it allows a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities facing the businesses we visit and the strategies they implement.
Tour 1: Europe | Tour 2: South America | Tour 3: America These groups visited technology giants, innovation networks, global charities, agrifood, vineyards including a briefing from the UN and Federal Reserve Bank.
Tour 1: Europe | Tour 2: USA and Canada The groups visited trade organisations, global supply chain specialists, innovation labs, design hubs and the European Parliament.
We began with Europe's parliament and EC agencies and visits to companies including Phillips Design Centre and headquarters of companies such as Adidas, Caterpillar and Zespri International. New York, Toronto and San Francisco were on the agenda in America, with visits to IBM, Siemens and Google and hospitality, sporting and building-related companies.
This trip took participants to California, Kansas, Missouri and Chicago to visit and speak with key staff in major global companies including PayPal, Google, AuthorIt and the World Bank.
Prestigious tertiary institutions Stanford University and John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Study were also part of the itinerary.
The MBA group spent 10 days in the rapidly-growing cities of Shanghai and Suzhou in 2009, assessing economic growth in the manufacturing and service sectors.
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Last updated on Sunday 03 September 2017
"A lot of things you can read about - the hands–on experience of being there made the difference. This was not something I would otherwise have the opportunity to do, pushed me beyond my usual comfort zone and provided an extra layer of life experience as much as professional experience."
"The international study tour was game changing. It was hard work – but the insights into other businesses on a global stage was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I don’t know many people that have been able to access the World Bank or Google! Massey’s connectedness to global business made these visits possible. I returned with an entirely different frame of reference for business."
"The study tour took me from looking at businesses from the 'outside in' to the 'inside out'. The tour allowed me to step back and reflect on business in New Zealand, my career, the way I do things and the way my industry operates. It accelerated my learning, inspired me, challenged me and left me with what I believe is a far more effective and empowered way of approaching business in the future."
"There were so many ‘Eureka! Moments for me. Gaining access to key people and being able to learn their business strategies first hand was priceless. IBM stood out - the whole way of thinking was something that demonstrated why they are a global leader in so many ways. Stanford D School was stimulating too and I am already encouraging my colleagues to adopt some of the techniques applied there."
Shaun researched the Brazilian dairy industry while on the international study tour to Brazil. Find out more