Statement of Purpose
Applied Program: Organizational Studies
Being a major of economics, I would like to ascend onto higher intellectual horizons by undertaking advanced studies in your Ph.D. program in Organization Studies, which will enable me to fulfill my ambition of being an outstanding expert in such a field. I hope I can contribute my knowledge and lifelong enthusiasm to the ongoing economic and management development of my homeland.
I love economics, because I do care about this changing world. The past twenty years during which I was brought up has been the most sensational and significant age of China's reform. This period witnessed the emergence of a prosperous new China, which I experienced personally and kept a close eye on, during which the occurrence and maturation of many new things in economy and management have stimulated my strong interest towards this area of study. I realized that the most challenging obstacle that China faces is the transformation of its various organizations.
After I entered university, I have been exposed systematically to abundant courses in many fields, which established a solid foundation for my major and helped me to become the top student in my school for four consecutive years. With strong academic knowledge gained gradually through the rigorous training from my department, I began to think profoundly about many newly engendered problems in my field of study, using a broad perspective. Never content with simply performing well in course work, I have been keen on hands-on experience. I completed four field trips, covering various social phenomena ranging from the most primitive production mode to the most advanced modern business, from agriculture to industry and from individual companies to large-scale national projects. Last summer, invited by the Hong Kong American Chamber, I took part in the Business Orientation Program 2000, enjoying the rare opportunity of communicating with college students from all over the world, from whom I gained constant inspiration and mutual stimulation. Especially, the internship in Xerox HK provided me a precious chance to have a close scrutiny on the complete human resources system of a transnational corporation. Moreover, my detailed evaluation, my suggestions for improvement on its Digital Training Program, and my potency in analyzing and solving practical problems were highly praised by the Training Manager. On the last day of our visit, at the top of the American Club Building, surveying the beautiful scenery of the Victoria Harbor under golden sunset, I felt the pulse of my beloved motherland not far away. However, in the bottom of my heart I understood clearly that the economic distance between Mainland China and the developed countries is not that short. Being a young man caring about the rise and fall of my home country, I know how heavy the responsibility is and how much we have to undertake.
With the knowledge I have acquired in my college studies and the practical experience I have derived from all my social investigations, my critical eye towards Chinese Economy has sharpened. Apparently, the reform campaign in China will be carried out with gathering momentum for an extended period and on a more expansive dimension in the future. When greater degree of liberty and reform as the macro orientation of the country's development become incontrovertible, the integration on the micro level that corresponds to the macro orientation should become our primary concern. Inspired by the research and investigations that I have undertaken so far, I have grown increasingly convinced that the success or the failure of the transformation of various organizations, whether the enterprise or the government, the private sector or the public sector, would become the primary challenge for China's economy in the decades to come. Take the reform of Chinese enterprises for example. Undoubtedly, this process of reform virtually has no frame of reference in international economic history. It can be inferred from this perspective that mere imitation of the organizational mode of Euro-American enterprises would render difficult and ineffective the organizational transformation of Chinese enterprises during the operational and the control stages. As a matter of fact, Chinese enterprises as a whole are going in the direction of recession as compared with the relatively vigorous economic growth. The management system in Chinese enterprises has remained ineffectual since the implementation of all existing approaches ranging from the contracting operation to modernized enterprise administration. Such mechanisms as merging and recombination that can otherwise revitalize foreign enterprises have proved to be more of a curse than a blessing for Chinese enterprises in the actual process of enterprise reform practice. I firmly believe that, on a broader and more objective academic level, China's enterprise reform is a subject of tremendous research value throughout the economic history of mankind. Organization Studies, particularly Organization Transformation, become the optimum tool for putting this issue into proper perspective.