VTT developed and used a method for managing group work processes that take place on the network and at corporate level in a multiorganizational team. It combines qualitative and quantitative tools to manage information. The method connects information processed at different levels and in different phases of the process and creates an ‘audit trail’ through the process. The project arranged industrial workshops, trading sessions, company interviews and fact-finding tours to China.
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Results The main result by the participating SME companies was raised awareness of possibilities and obstacles in Chinese operations. The SeaChi project also developed guidelines for the establishment of partnership networks in the Finnish Maritime Cluster. Establishment in a new market area is always challenging. China is no exception. Based on the SeaChi project knowledge, the central questions for a manufacturing SME company that wants to establish Chinese operations are: • secure a sufficient customer base and customer commitment • total management of quality issues • the location of the factory and logistics • knowledge about labour markets • training of own staff • management of economic risks • management of local support networks • practical issue in the start-up process • financing operation • supporting the remote options from Finland.
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