The full-time HKU MBA curriculum is designed to provide students with first-class education, real-world experience, deep understanding of Asia and international business and sincere appreciation of cultural sensitivities. The intensive 1 year programme structure is unique in offering students the opportunity to study in four of the world’s economic powerhouses. All students begin the programme with a nine-month of study in Hong Kong during with they take core courses with an Asia focus and electives along with China Immersion Programme. This programme will provide students opportunity to visit various cities in Mainland China, to understand one of the biggest and most important economy, expand business networks and interact with companies in these cities during their first nine-month with HKU MBA. In their final four months, students complete the programme with elective subjects at London Business School (LBS), Columbia Business School (CBS) or Fudan University or remain in Hong Kong depending on the track they have chosen. The detailed programme structure is as follows.
Accounting for Business Decisions
The main objective of this course is to promote an in-depth understanding of fundamental accounting concepts and practices as well as to enhance your ability to apply such concepts in various decision-making contexts. Topics covered in this course include not only technical aspects of accounting in terms of how financial information is prepared, but also reasoning for why such information is relevant to the management of a firm. In addition, the course covers essential financial statement analysis skills and cost management issues, which go beyond typical financial accounting topics.
Analytics for Managers
This course is designed to provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to lead and manage data-driven projects in all business disciplines. Topics include, but are not limited to, principles of data analytics for business, basic techniques for analyzing data, and an introduction to predictive and prescriptive analytics. The emphasis throughout the course is on concepts and reasoning. Through a combination of lectures, case studies, computer workshops and discussions, you should acquire, or reacquire, some specific skills in data analysis for decision making, but more importantly, become a more informed and critical user of those tools in business settings. You should become more confident in asking critical questions on the quantitative work done, and develop a critical view on how data analytics can become a competitive advantage for organizations.
Business Ethics (half course)
This course addresses learning, communication, and ethical reasoning skills that impact professional performance. In this class we simply hope to show that we are all susceptible to unethical behavior, and therefore should take time to avoid situations wherein unethical behavior is incentivized. Specific attention will be paid to ethical frameworks and the opportunity for informed self-reflection in applying ethical perspectives in a business context.
The Capstone Project requires students, working in groups, to conduct a detailed analysis of a company. Students must select a specific company, normally a listed company for which both financial and operations data are publicly available, at the beginning of their program study, and identify the important challenges facing the selected company, develop an in-depth analysis, formulate strategic options, and make strategic recommendations to tackle the challenges over the course of the programme by applying the knowledge they gain in various core courses. The Capstone Project will last for the entire period of the program, involving the submission of a preliminary report, the submission of a final written report, and an oral presentation.
China and the Global Economy
This course provides a basic framework for understanding international macroeconomics and trade. It analyzes the structure and performance of the macro-economy, as well as the implications of macroeconomic policies in both the domestic and global contexts. Topics include business cycles and economic growth, fiscal and monetary policies, exchange rate and trade policies, etc. Special attention will be paid to the economies of the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, as well as current economic issues.
The Strategic Management (or Competitive Strategy) course will focus on formulating and implementing business strategy to achieve superior performance. Successful business policies require a detailed understanding of the overall environment and the ability to create value for customers in the face of competition. Successful business policies also require analytical and administrative capabilities. The best analysis in the world will not lead to corporate success if it cannot be turned into actionable strategies that can be successful implemented. Similarly, the best administrator in the world will not be able to help a firm with the wrong strategy to achieve peak performance. The purpose of the course in strategic management is to make participants familiar with the core concepts and techniques that function as foundations for formulating and implementing successful strategies. However, its basic intent is not on mastering specific analytical tools but rather on using strategic thinking and the development of a managerial attitude to guide actions in the face of uncertainty and complexity. The main focus of the course is to learn how to use and apply these skills when judging complex management situations. To assist in developing these skills, we will study the strategic decisions of companies in many different industries and countries, ranging from a global retailer to a Japanese gaming firm to an Asian airline. The distinctive contribution of the strategic management course is that it integrates the different perspectives that you have already learned and allows you to apply these perspectives to complex and realistic general management situations. By learning to view the business from a holistic perspective, you will develop your ability to think beyond the day-to-day business activities and your ability to ask the right questions about the future of the business. Those skills, more than any other, will make you an effective general manager. The ultimate goal of this course is therefore to develop your judgment as a general manager.
This course aims to provide students with the understanding of (i) financial issues encountered by corporate managers, decision makers and investor, (ii) financial models and analytical techniques to evaluate the investment and financing decisions of firms, (iii) practical issues about those corporate finance theories, and (iv) the recent development of financial management tools and strategies.
This course will give you the opportunity to critically appraise and reflect upon the subject of management from different perspectives including, leadership, organisational behaviour, organisational effectiveness, strategy development, shareholders and stakeholders theories. An emphasis is placed upon drawing a direct relevance to the functional disciplines of operating a business in the real world as well as affording you the opportunity to thoroughly explore different management perspectives.
The value of a high-performing team has long been recognized. Teams drive organizational success, yet forming, leading and nurturing high-performance teams are complex challenges that all leaders face, regardless of sector. In this course, you will learn how to form a successful team by aligning individuals around common goals; how to create sustainable management strategies for teams to achieve high performance; and how to encourage healthy team dynamics. You will also explore actionable insights that help you leverage your own strengths and personalize your management approach.
Managerial economics is a branch of economics that applies microeconomic analysis to business decisions. To effectively manage a company, the manager needs to have a good understanding of cost, pricing, market power, competition strategies and internal organization. We will gradually develop these economic concepts and show how they can be applied to managerial decisions. The analysis and principles that we learn in this course will serve as building blocks for the understanding of other business subjects such as accounting, marketing, corporate finance and human resource management.
Managing Digital Innovation
Information technology (IT) enables new patterns of commerce and affects how buyers buy and sellers sell, how firms interface with their customers and suppliers, and how activities are organized internally within the firm, and how individuals utilize technologies. The integration of technology, individuals, and business processes makes it pertinent for the managers and leaders of today and tomorrow to be able to understand and communicate the strategic potential of these tools across the entire supply chain. This course integrates the fundamental principles of information systems and operations management to cover key aspects of IT management, user behavior, and a firm's operating process flow and its supply chain.
Strategic Marketing Management
This course is designed for MBA students with limited background in marketing. Concepts and issues at the strategic analytical approaches and tools needed for marketing decisions will be covered. Contexts for discussion and learning will be global with special reference to markets in Asia and China. The course will be delivered in a workshop mode via a blend of interactive class discussion & exercises and case analyses.
MBA Course Exemption
Exemption of up to four courses may be granted if a candidate can produce evidence, such as transcript and course syllabus, that a course is equivalent in content to another course elsewhere for which a satisfactory grade has been obtained or is holding relevant professional qualifications. Candidates will be required to take alternative courses in lieu of the exempted courses. Please contact the MBA Programme Management Office for details upon application.
*Curriculum structure and course exemption are subject to the University’s approval.