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Curriculum

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 14-month 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 China immersion course in Beijing, followed by nine months of study in Hong Kong during with they take core courses with an Asia focus and electives. 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 to make intelligent managerial decisions. This course is not designed for accounting professionals. Rather, it focuses on managers’ need to understand and interpret financial information in various decision-making contexts. That is, financial skills and accounting information are taught in this course as an enabler and driver of the management decision-making process. Topics included in this course will not only focus on the technical aspects of accounting in terms of how financial information is formulated, but also on why such information is relevant to the management of a firm. In addition, the course covers the essential financial statement analysis skills and cost management issues which go beyond typical financial accounting topics.

Business Communications (half course)

This course is only a half course and therefore engages in an intensive investigation of the nature and function of communications within an increasingly complex and multi-cultural context of international business. It investigates the crucial role of written and oral communication and also an investigation of cross-cultural communication, negotiation and communication in a business crisis situation. In addition, on the practical side we shall be looking at some requirements such as the writing of resumes, the writing of application letters and interviewing techniques. The teaching is based on a number of complementary approaches and will include lectures, discussions, presentations, case studies and gaming scenarios, thus enriching the approach to the pedagogic process. Occasionally outside speakers from the business community will be invited to give their views on the nature of communications in the business environment in both the specific environment of Hong Kong, but also in a wider context.

Business Data Analysis

The basic objective of this course is to help you become more comfortable with uncertainty and be equipped with basic methods of analysing data. These methods are widely applicable in all business disciplines. 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, for example, by market researchers,consultants, and financial analysts. Finally, you should develop a critical view on how data analytics can become a competitive advantage for organisations.

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.

Capstone Project

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.

Competitive Strategy

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.

Corporate Finance

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.

Global Economy

This course provides a basic framework for understanding macroeconomics at both the national and international levels. It analyzes the structure and performance of the macro-economy and the implications of macroeconomic policies in the domestic and global contexts. Topics include business cycles and economic growth, fiscal and monetary policies, interest rates and exchange rates, etc. Special attention will be paid to the economies of the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, as well as current economic issues.

Information and Operations Management

In the digital age, information technology (IT) enables new patterns of commerce. IT affects how buyers buy and sellers sell, how firms interface with their customers and suppliers, and how activities are organized internally within the firm. The integration of technology 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 a firm's operating process flow and its supply chain.

Managerial Economics

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.

Organisational Leadership

This course provides students with an opportunity to critically appraise and reflect upon the subject of management from different perspectives including, but not limited to that of 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 students the opportunity to get grounded in these management perspectives. It is from these underpinnings that students will be introduced with the fundamental management theories, frameworks and tools. Not only do students acquire the language of business but also have the opportunities to apply them in class exercises and case studies interactively. Leadership competence including that of strategic thinking and the conceptual derivation of a practicing manager will be dealt with in the course to highlight the complexity and non-mechanistic nature of the practice of management in the changing business landscapes of a knowledge based and global economy.

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.