Josephine Eke, MBA ’11, spent last spring observing China’s rapid devel­op­ment and growth by vis­iting the head­quar­ters of Min­dray, a growing medical-​​devices com­pany, and Yantian port, the fourth-​​busiest con­tainer ter­minal in the world.

The experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­nity, she said, increased her aware­ness of the con­nec­tions between busi­ness prac­tices in China and America — such as how labor issues in one of the world’s fore­most emerging mar­kets affect the cost of goods in the United States. But it also changed the way that the senior director of global brand cre­ative at Hasbro thinks about business.

We develop visuals for our brand to go all over world, and so my global view and learning about other cul­tures is crit­ical,” said Eke, who was among approx­i­mately 30 grad­uate stu­dents whose visit to China marked the end of their expe­ri­ence in Northeastern’s Exec­u­tive MBA pro­gram.

The 16-​​month pro­gram — which is designed for pro­fes­sionals on the fast track to career advance­ment — allows stu­dents to take courses on topics ranging from industry analysis and strategic thinking and exe­cu­tion, to the roles of gov­ern­ment and leadership.

For the past five years, stu­dents in the pro­gram have spent a global res­i­dency in China and Mexico. While in these coun­tries, they work as part of cross-​​cultural teams with sev­eral hun­dred par­tic­i­pants from other MBA pro­grams, including exec­u­tives from South America.

Par­tic­i­pants also spend three days in Wash­ington, D.C., to learn about the inner work­ings of the U.S. gov­ern­ment and the economy.

Ravi Rama­murti, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Inter­na­tional Busi­ness and director of Northeastern’s Center for Emerging Mar­kets, devel­oped and runs the 12-​​day res­i­dency in China. He stressed that today’s Amer­ican man­ager must learn not only to think strate­gi­cally but also to think globally.

We try to create a global mindset,” Rama­murti said. “Stu­dents are con­necting dif­ferent geo­gra­phies and seeing that the world out there is highly inter­de­pen­dent. They’re also rec­og­nizing that pow­erful new com­peti­tors are emerging from unex­pected places like China and India.”

The impact of China’s bur­geoning economy on the global land­scape made the trip to that country a neces­sity, Rama­murti said.

As he explained, “All man­agers in the United States need to under­stand the impli­ca­tions of these high-​​growth, fast-​​changing mega­mar­kets. This pro­gram really trans­forms people’s view of the world, their mind­sets, and some­times even their career paths.”