CLGO program management team are closely supervised by MIT LGO management team to guarantee identified program feature and quality. MIT professors participate the CLGO program in giving seminars and directing student internships on regular base.
CLGO is China’s first and only trans-disciplinary, graduate level dual-degree program to combine engineering depth with management breadth. The rigor and technical expertise of SJTU’s two engineering schools and the cutting-age theory of the SJTU Antai College of Economics and Management.
CLGO is to develop business leaders who are strong in both technology and management, who possess a global mindset as well as an in-depth understanding of China market.
The CLGO program is a rigorous 2.5 year graduate experience, which incorporates a 6-month internship in a partner company (or other related companies).
ACEM is the first and only China-based business school to be triply accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.
1. What is the China Leaders for Global Operations program?

Modeled after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s highly successful Leaders for Global Operations(LGO) program, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) China Leaders for Global Operations(CLGO) was established to assist global companies in strategically building and retaining a team of leadership talent. Its mission is to educate the next generation of manufacturing and operations leaders in China.

CLGO offers China’s only dual-degree, graduate-level academic program. CLGO focuses on developing a special type of leader for China – one who can apply both managerial and engineering expertise to global manufacturing and operations for sustained profitability and success. Companies that join CLGO can use the program not only to recruit these high-potential leaders, but also to learn best practices that lead to sustainable talent development over the long-term.

2. Why was CLGO established?

The original impetus for CLGO began with the Governing Board of the Leaders for Global Operations program at MIT. Senior industry leaders for MIT’s program felt strongly that MIT needed to find a way to help manufacturing enterprises in Asia develop the next generation of leaders and that bringing LGO to China was a critical first step. A program like LGO fills a major leadership gap, since studies on competitiveness in China indicate a critical imperative – the need for manufacturing enterprises to recruit, develop, and retain mid- and top-level leaders over the short- and long-term.

The China Leaders for Global Operations Program was developed to address this intensifying need. CLGO’s academic program, coupled with its research initiatives, prepares graduates who have both advanced technical skills and a solid understanding of management methodologies. CLGO also trains partner companies how to develop and retain this talent over the long-term, in order to build a cadre of mid- to top-level manufacturing and operations leaders. Also, partner companies participating in CLGO learn best practices for rapid knowledge transfer and diffusion.

3. Who is involved in CLGO?

The CLGO program is an educational and research partnership among Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s (SJTU) Antai College of Economics and Management, SJTU’s School of Mechanical Engineering, SJTU’s School of Electronic, Information and Electrical Engineering, MIT, and global firms. MIT, which authorized the development of this program at SJTU, provides active educational support.

4. Who are the current CLGO partner companies?

CLGO partner companies currently include Amazon, Apple, Caterpillar, Cisco, Dell, Esquel Group,Honeywell,Nike, Novartis, Schneider Electric, Tisco, and United Technologies.
*As of Jun. 2012

5. What degrees are granted upon completion of the CLGO program?

CLGO graduates earn two degrees: (1) a Master of Engineering degree in an engineering field from one of the three participating SJTU Engineering schools, and (2) an MBA from the Antai College of Economics and Management. The CLGO program does not offer a Ph.D. track.

CLGO graduates also earn a certificate from MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations Program.

6. Can students take CLGO as a part-time program?

CLGO is not a part-time degree program. CLGO is a rigorous dual-degree program that includes a 6-month-internship at a partner company (or other related company), so part-time enrollment is not an option. It is also a cohort-based education. In other words, students enter with a group and take all required courses with that same group of students over the 2.5 years of the program. They form a lifelong network of CLGO alumni and friends that is a resource throughout their career.

Many LGO US partner companies find that the LGO network becomes a valuable resource for knowledge sharing among companies and for hiring LGO graduates later in their careers. CLGO recognizes that sponsoring employees into CLGO is a major tool for companies that are interested in long-term leadership development. For more information on the benefit of sponsoring students in CLGO, see “Can partner companies sponsor employees into CLGO?”

7. Will the other engineering schools at SJTU become involved in CLGO?

In the start-up phase, it was determined that beginning with three of SJTU’s engineering schools—the School of Mechanical Engineering, and the School of Electronic, Information and Electrical Engineering, would be the best approach in terms of administering a brand new dual degree program. However, there is a commitment to broadening CLGO to other engineering schools at SJTU. Students recruited for CLGO have a variety of engineering and technical backgrounds, not just degrees related to the three current partner schools.

8. What is the CLGO curriculum?

CLGO’s curriculum mirrors the LGO US curriculum. CLGO gives students a solid background in critical areas of manufacturing and operations, including: manufacturing processes
Lean/Six Sigma,
operations and supply chain management
Supply chain, procurement, and logistics
The management portion of the CLGO curriculum provides all management courses normally associated with a regular MBA, but adding a strong emphasis on teamwork and leadership. Because the curriculum focuses on teamwork, leadership, systems thinking, and change management, each CLGO student has a balance of management and technical skills that provide a high potential of becoming a successful manufacturing and operations executive.

9. Will CLGO courses be taught in Chinese or English?

Some CLGO courses are taught in English and some are Chinese since one of the goals of the program is that all graduates are able to go to work immediately in multinational corporations. There may be some discussions where students and faculty move back and forth between English and Chinese.

10. What are the minimum requirements for students to get into the CLGO program?

Students who apply for admission into CLGO must have:
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering
Minimum of three years of working experience
Strong interest in manufacturing, supply chain, and technology
Exhibited Leadership talent
Competency in English
Pass GRK (National MBA Entrance Examination) and GCT (National Graduate Candidate Test for Master of Engineering) and SJTU interview

11. What is MIT’s role?

The CLGO academic and research programs are based on MIT’s renowned Leaders for Global Operations Program. MIT provides extensive educational support for CLGO’s ongoing efforts. Each SJTU faculty is paired with an MIT LGO faculty mentor who is teaching the same subject at MIT. SJTU faculty members then spend one semester at MIT, attending the course that they will subsequently teach, thus affording the opportunity to discuss the course and its content with their mentors.

SJTU program administrators visit MIT for training in the MIT LGO program and processes. MIT faculty visit SJTU to teach in SJTU CLGO classes and seminars. While the CLGO degrees are SJTU degrees, an MIT certificate of completion is issued to students at the end of the program, signifying MIT’s assurance of program quality.

12. How does MIT review program quality?

As stated above, while the two degrees granted to CLGO students come from SJTU, the certificate of completion from MIT signifies that MIT feels that the CLGO program is of high quality. It’s the goal of MIT, SJTU, and its industry partners that CLGO is a world-class program and a benchmark for manufacturing and operations leadership graduate education in Asia.

Program quality assurance begins with the training of CLGO faculty at MIT. SJTU faculty is required at the end of their MIT experience to present to their faculty mentors and LGO faculty co-directors.. They discuss the outline and contents of the course syllabus to be taught at SJTU.

MIT has frequent interaction with the CLGO leadership team about program progress. As with LGO US, CLGO is required to annually report to the CLGO Governing Board statistics about the quality of incoming students, internship project results, and where CLGO graduates are hired.

Managing Partner Benefits

13. What are the benefits for companies to join CLGO?

Benefits for becoming a partner of CLGO are many and include:

l Recruiting manufacturing and operations leadership talent
- Partner-exclusive recruiting process with first access for CLGO partners

l Developing and maintaining talent
- Ability to sponsor high-potential employees to CLGO program
- Workshops, symposia led by MIT/SJTU faculty; best practices workshops
l Access to top students for a 6 month internship
- 2 faculty supervisors representing Engineering & Management
- Potential for greater impact via multiple internships or joint MIT & SJTU projects
l Getting more from CLGO knowledge
- Access to faculty research via company visits, research presentations, etc.
- Opportunity to engage CLGO students to work on company problems
- CLGO cross-company collaboration to diffuse best practices


14. We’re already active in recruiting talent for China. Why should I consider CLGO?

The most important reason for considering CLGO is its graduates. While Chinese universities are graduating many students with management degrees, multinational corporations have found that there is still a shortage of leaders who can effectively work in the challenging global environment. Future competition for this talent will only increase. CLGO graduates have the skills and experience to move more quickly into lead operations roles.

15. Can partner companies sponsor employees into CLGO?

Only partner companies are eligible to sponsor employees into CLGO. LGO US partners have found that there are significant advantages for sponsoring students into the program. The LGO education provides companies an opportunity to offer their high potential employees a powerful educational experience—thus setting the stage for future retention of that employee. LGO US partner companies also find that sponsored students serve as an effective link to recruiting non-sponsored students in the cohort. .

It should be noted that employees of partner companies applying to CLGO have to compete equally with other applicants for admission into the program. Also, since the program is a cohort education and has high demands on student time, sponsored students and their companies should not expect the student to fulfill other work responsibilities during the program.

16. How will our company be assured of receiving our share of the CLGO graduates?

CLGO has learned from LGO US a number of best practices that have proven to significantly increase the number of students going to partners. (Historically, LGO US has had 40-50% of its graduates going to partner companies.) These practices include:
a partner-exclusive recruiting process
Pre-recruiting process---enhancing partner visibility by seminars, plant tours, on-campus visits, partner recognition activities
Early and frequent interaction with first-year students for recruiting
Proseminar participation of partner executives
Internships as a recruiting mechanism
While these strategies go a long way toward getting graduates interested in working for company partners, this doesn’t eliminate the need for companies to offer competitive salaries. Also, LGO’s experience in the US is that those companies who offer challenging and properly scoped internship do better when recruiting. Remember the power of word-of-mouth! The company with good visibility with the students will do better than the company that remains uninvolved.

17. What is the recruiting week like at LGO US? Do you expect the same sort of format for recruiting for CLGO?

At LGO US, the program office sponsors a partner-exclusive recruiting event during the students’ second year. A week is set aside when companies schedule interviews with LGO non-sponsored students, using a web scheduling tool. Before the week, companies post job descriptions to the web site, review a student resume book to invite students to interview, and are available by e-mail for questions by students. The week is an exciting time when recruiters conduct hour-long interviews and hold receptions for the full class.

Companies at LGO US have learned that it is important to bring recruiters to recruiting week who understand LGO and the unique value that these graduates offer. Getting senior leadership involved in the process is critical, whether at recruiting week or during second interviews. LGO US students think that having senior leaders involved with recruiting demonstrates the partner’s seriousness about hiring LGO graduates. CLGO is using these US LGO lessons learned to have its recruiting week structured in a similar way..

18. Is there anything that can be done to help our talent recruiting needs in other parts of SJTU now?

Absolutely. SJTU can facilitate the hiring of masters degree graduates from the 4 CLGO partner schools:
Antai College of Economics and Management
School of Mechanical Engineering 
School of Electronics Information and Electric Engineering
Remember that SJTU is ranked within the top five of Chinese universities.

19. Some of our recruitment and retention activities are very sensitive. Will our confidentiality be protected?

You can be assured that the CLGO program will treat your recruitment and retention activities with confidentiality.
Benefits—Expanded Partner Education Program

20. How can we get expanded educational opportunities that could touch other employees in our organization through CLGO?

CLGO recognizes that in today’s business environment talent development is as critical as talent recruitment. CLGO will work with its industry partners to design a portfolio of partner education opportunities that can be expanded to executives and employees in CLGO partner companies.. Below is a selection of longer term options that could be available. These options will be developed after a needs assessment by the CLGO Governing Board and CLGO staff.
day problem-driven workshops by MIT and SJTU faculty
- Examples: supply chain visibility, lean in PD, system dynamics Company visits by MIT and SJTU faculty
- Potential for long-term faculty/industry research collaboration
CLGO student “dragon teams” (3-4 students) to partner companies
- Mini-consulting projects at CLGO partner company sites
- Example: Process flow mapping of a supply chain
LGO/CLGO joint “lion teams” (3-4 students) to partner companies
Possible manufacturing conferences in Shanghai
Benefits—Research and CLGO Internships

21. What is the CLGO research program?

Following the MIT LGO model, each CLGO student will participate in a 6 month internship on critical company challenges, under the supervision of faculty members who also visit company sites. There are also opportunities to engage CLGO students in work on company problems, including CLGO case studies, “dragon teams,” and plant tours.

22. What is a CLGO internship?

The China Leaders for Global Operations Program includes a six-month applied research internship at a partner company (or other related companies). The goals of the internship are to: Have a significant impact on the host company
Provide a unique educational experience that broadens students’ knowledge on manufacturing and operations
Expose students to real manufacturing and operations concerns, which can be fully addressed only through teamwork and the integration of disciplines
Generate generic and specific engineering and management results for the project and thesis
Support research activities that are critical to participating companies and to the CLGO program
Foster collaborative relations between SJTU and manufacturing and operations-oriented companies
Establish a mechanism for changing behaviors, attitudes, and values in a way that leads to manufacturing and operations excellence
Identify principles that should be taught and practiced by manufacturing and operations leaders.

23. What are the types of internship projects that we could expect to develop for CLGO interns?

When considering projects for a CLGO intern, you should look for projects that have high impact, that have both technical and managerial content, and that present leadership opportunities for the intern. CLGO internships have included:
projects about improving, optimizing or analyzing the supply chain
projects on analyzing or improving a manufacturing process
projects that are designed to reduce variability and improve consistency in some aspect of the manufacturing or distribution system
projects that involve the design and development cycle and its relationship
with manufacturing
projects that involve strategy for manufacturing or the supply chain
Partnership Process

24. We are interested in becoming a Partner. Who in our organization should be the CLGO governing board executive?

The experience of MIT’s LGO partnership is that the governing board executive should be a leader in your manufacturing/operations organization with high-level, line responsibility. In the MIT partnership, Governing Board positions have most often involved corporate VPs of global manufacturing who then delegate the more tactical roles to others in their organizations. It is critical to the CLGO partnership that the champion be someone with a passion for the goals of the program and partnership.

25. What is required of CLGO sponsors?

Besides paying the annual fees and sponsoring at least one internship per year, CLGO sponsors are asked to participate actively in the program to ensure its success. Regularly participating in governance meetings to communicate industry expectations and needs cannot be overemphasized.. Involvement with students is also important via sponsoring plant tours, industry seminars and lectures, recruiting, and research. The MIT experience is that companies that established long-term relationships with LGO faculty gained major benefits from these associations in terms of knowledge diffusion and high impact internship projects.

26. What does CLGO partnership cost partner companies?

Joining CLGO requires an initial start-up fee of $30K, followed by a $75K annual fee each year.

27. Many people in my company could benefit from CLGO. How can they get involved?

This is an excellent question . . There are many ways that others in your company can work with CLGO, from supervising an internship, to recruiting, to assisting on a plant tour. Remember that exposure of your company to gain visibility with the CLGO students includes exposure to many people in your organization.

For example, a best practice for internships is to include the CLGO intern in a team, which is a great opportunity for the intern to understand your organization. Your employees can interact with the student and the faculty internship advisors. When the faculty advisor is visiting an internship site, ask him or her to speak to a group of your employees about the faculty’s latest research. Sponsor your students to CLGO partner education activities. Distribute theses and research results to employees who may have an interest in the findings.