Universities have joined forces to launch research into Chinese business management at a new centre. The $1 million Chinese Management Research Centre has been opened at City University. Teams are made up of experts from CityU, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong University and Chinese University of Hong Kong. The centre, at CityU's business faculty, aims to study the ways Chinese people manage businesses. 'Through carefully selected research programmes, the centre is dedicated to producing high-impact academic work useful to managing and developing Chinese enterprises,' said Professor David Tse Kwai-chee, one of the directors. Fellow director Professor Oliver Yau Hon-ming said: 'The centre's main activities include publishing research papers, conducting workshops, organising conferences and establishing international academic links.' He said research included studies of management philosophies, human resources management, strategic marketing and enterprise management, and economic development. Projects include Chinese Leadership Models, Women's Consumption in Chinese Economies, and Consumers in Transition. The first findings are expected to be published in six months. 'The research findings will be useful to academics and can be used in different tertiary institutions,' said Professor Yau. 'Many people just make use of Western management strategy and ignore the characteristics of ethnic Chinese. As values are different between Western and Chinese society, they affect the behaviour and attitude of their management skills. 'It's time for us to study the local mode of management and explore various elements that exist in Chinese society.' He said Western businesses were more likely to take risks and were less conservative than Chinese counterparts. Chinese businesses also included elements of Confucianism in management methods, including respect for staff and harmony. Meanwhile, CityU will in September offer an Executive Master's degree in its Business Administration programme. Forty senior managers and executives are expected to enrol.