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Research Centres

The Faculty of Business and Economics organises its research and teaching development activities in clusters through research centres that draw on members within the Faculty and across the university. These research centres include the following.


The Asia Case Research Centre develops content-rich business case studies to meet the growing need for business education in Asia in general and China in particular. The centre closely monitors emerging business strategies, economic policies, management practices and financial developments across the region. Its case studies on Asian companies and subjects constitute highly relevant teaching materials that are used by numerous teachers and institutions around the world.


The Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy supports research programmes that focus on Hong Kong’s relationship with Greater China and the Asia-Pacific region. Its four key research programmes are Asia-Pacific Competitiveness, Human Resources, Hong Kong as an International Financial Centre, and Macroeconomic Growth and Stability. In 2000, the University Grants Committee recognised the Institute as one of the three Areas of Excellence in Hong Kong. Its activities are supported by the two following associated research centres.


The Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research studies important public policy issues to enhance public understanding of economic affairs and provide the government with alternative policy choices. The Centre is regarded as Hong Kong’s leading policy think tank, and to date has published over 50 research monographs on a wide range of subjects. It also produces the bi-monthly HKCER Letters, which features timely and well-researched commentaries on a range of public policy issues.


The dual mission of the Centre for Asian Entrepreneurship and Business Values is to enhance economic and social vitality by facilitating entrepreneurial development and to address the challenges that conflicting values and ethical dilemmas present to individuals doing business in Asia. The Centre provides a formal platform for teaching, research and case development in entrepreneurship.


The Centre for China Financial Research provides a focus and forum for exploring the challenges of reforming China’s financial sector. It focuses on banking sector reforms, corporate governance, regulation of the securities markets, financial liberalisation strategies and the role of Hong Kong. The Centre has established collaborative relations with researchers in central banking institutions, securities regulatory bodies, and stock exchanges in China and Hong Kong, as well as with research centres at Peking University, Fudan University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.


The Centre for Financial Innovation and Development focuses on research and training programmes that help to advance understanding of derivative securities as financial instruments and the role of risk management in corporate decisions.


The Chinese Management Centre looks at the challenges that China’s companies face and monitors the country’s economic, social and political activities. It has to date collated a 450,000-document archive on China’s industrial enterprises as part of its ongoing programme to better understand the country’s business methods and practices. The Centre focuses on three related areas: indigenous Chinese values and management practices, managing enterprise growth and change, and managing customer relationships.