April 25, 2024

China’s 24-hour R&D Machine

On this episode of the Gross Profit Podcast, James Kennedy sits down with Dr. Jens Wilhelm Meyer.
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Show Notes

Show Notes

This week James Kennedy meets Dr. Jens Wilhelm Meyer, Commercial Plant Manager at VHIT – Vacuum Hydraulics Italy. They delve into the fascinating and often complex experiences of being acquired by a Chinese company.

Jens, with a profound 25-year tenure in the automotive and mobility sector, shares his invaluable insights into Chinese business culture and essential strategies for gaining a competitive edge. Having navigated the challenges and opportunities of cross-cultural business following VHIT’s acquisition, Jens’s experiences offer a rare glimpse into the mechanics of international corporate integration.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Understanding Chinese Business Culture: Insights into the unique aspects of Chinese corporate practices and how they influence global business strategies.
  • Navigating Cross-Cultural Acquisitions: Practical advice on managing and thriving in a business environment shaped by diverse cultural and operational norms.
  • Strategic Advantages in Global Markets: How to leverage international opportunities to foster growth and innovation in your own business.

Episode Highlights:

  • “Jens, could you walk us through the initial phases of integration after VHIT was acquired? What were the key challenges and how were they addressed?”
  • “In your extensive career, how have you seen Chinese business practices evolve, and what current trends should global businesses be aware of?”
  • “What strategies have proven most effective for you in maintaining operational excellence across different cultural contexts?”
  • “Looking forward, how do you see the role of international collaborations shaping the future of the mobility sector?”

About Dr. Jens Wilhelm Meyer: Dr. Meyer is not only the Commercial Plant Manager at VHIT S.P.A. but also a member of the Board of Directors. His career spans significant roles, including a postgraduate assistant professorship at the University of St.Gallen and leading the task force for Brexit for Bosch’s mobility sector. His expertise in strategy, innovation, and cross-cultural leadership has been pivotal in steering VHIT through its post-acquisition phase and beyond.

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