SYLLABUSES FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT (MGM)
These syllabuses apply to candidates admitted to the Master of Global Management in the academic year 2020-21 and thereafter.
Candidates must read a total of ten courses, each carries 6 credits, comprising six core courses (inclusive of one capstone course) and four elective courses. A list of electives will be announced at the beginning of each module. Candidates may also take up to three elective courses from the taught postgraduate curricula offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics under the advice and approval of the Programme Directors concerned.
Not all the courses listed in the syllabuses will necessarily be offered each academic year.
To manage employees effectively, building a foundation for understanding fundamentals and dynamics of human behavior in organization is essential. A focus of this course will be on how individuals, groups and organizational contexts would impact effectiveness, efficiency and success of organizations dealing with global issues. The main objective of this course is to help students acquire perspectives of how individuals, teams and the entire organization would behave and how an individual employee may experience, interpret, function effectively in organizations with diversity.
Lecturer: Prof Thomas Wai-hung NG
The trend of globalization in business requires organizational members, especially managers, to work effectively with international assignments, to collaborate with cross-cultural teams, and to manage the increasingly diverse workforce, business partners, customers and clients. Therefore, managers need to acquire unique cultural competencies that go beyond traditional managerial competencies and manage conflicts effectively. The main objective of this course is to provide students with a solid basis for developing such cultural competencies, so they can understand the challenges that might occur while working abroad, the principles of effective cross-cultural management and conflict resolution. The course aims to develop an understanding of key cultural differences, and how these differences influence the management of individuals, teams, and organizations.
Lecturer: Dr Yiwen ZHANG
Entrepreneurship has long been acknowledged as critical to multinational corporations (MNCs). The concept of entrepreneurship in MNCs refers to the development of new opportunities and business models within large global firms, leading to the enhancement of global competitive position and the organizational profitability of MNCs. This course aims to provide an overview of entrepreneurial processes by focusing on the dynamics of how the sequence in which multidimensional actions can be effectively enacted so as to more likely achieve positive outcomes in multinational corporations. Entrepreneurship in established companies has now become very complex. Students will learn to appreciate and build business concepts, people, structures, selling, finance, knowledge and operations capacities that enable the successful business creation processes within the MNCs.
Lecturer: Prof Simon Sing-kwong LAM
Business 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 develop these economic concepts and show how they can be applied to managerial decisions. Throughout the course, we will teach students to understand accounting information, and to apply economics to major financial decisions.
Lecturer: Dr Wen ZHOU
This course studies the multinational corporations and the theoretical approaches that have been formulated to explain the growth and operation of this form of business on an international scale. Recent general theories will be considered in a critical manner to allow judgments to be made on their strengths and limitations in the changing global business environment. The emphasis will be on the global business environment and its impact on multinational corporations' strategy, structure, and functions. The main objectives are to examine the strategies that multinational corporations adopt to compete in a global market; to identify the structural solutions for maintaining control over foreign operations; and to discuss human resources management in the international context.
Lecturer: Prof Christine Man-Kuen CHAN
When conducting international business, it is important to understand various industry-level factors that might affect the business performance, and to realize that these factors might operate differently in different countries. In addition, it is critical to come up with a business model that confers advantage over rivals, especially, domestic rivals, in the same industry. This course aims to address these pivotal issues by focusing on formulating and implementing business strategy in global contexts. Students will work as groups to research on selected companies in particular industries across countries and make recommendations. Output includes a report (no more than 8,000 words) and a presentation.
Lecturer: Prof Jin LI
This course examines analytically and critically current problems in global management. It will address multiple employee and organizational problems that students would find beneficial to have exposures to. This course adopts a problem analytical approach to examining and understanding issues selected. Issues include tools of creative problem solving, diversity, visions, motivation systems, team building and challenges for change. This course serves to develop analytic, critical thinking, problem solving, and presentation skills that will contribute directly to effective global business management.
Lecturer: Prof Chun HUI
One element of global management concerns the managing of human resources in a diverse, worldwide organization. To manage employees in these organizations effectively, understanding of recruiting, selecting, developing, retaining and compensating is essential. This course provides students with knowledge and understanding of managing human resources in global contexts, as well as develops student ability and skills in analyzing international human resources in present day business organizations.
Lecturer: Dr Helen Hailin ZHAO
This course is to provide students in-depth learning for managing the multinational corporations across various product, business, geographic markets. Specifically, the course focuses on three central themes that are critical to the successful formulation of corporate strategy: (1) What are the new businesses opportunities emerged from globalization and how could multinational corporations capture value? (2) How could multinational corporations grow in different settings through acquisitions, partnerships, or internal development, and (3) How could the multinational corporations manage the portfolio of its businesses? Overall, this course will highlight the criticality of making profound decisions about the right pathways for firms to compete in the global business landscape. To tackle these issues, this course will provide theoretical frameworks and guiding principles to analyze practical problems at the corporate or group level experienced by managers.
Lecturer: Dr Yinuo TANG
This course examines the opportunities and challenges that managers confront when doing business in China. It addresses the complex environment of China business with respect to economic, social, cultural, political, and legal institutions. It also aims to provide students with contemporary knowledge of the external environmental forces that are changing competition in today's China market. Threats and opportunities arising from the new rules in China will be discussed.
Lecturer: Dr Yi TANG
This course examines the opportunities and challenges that contemporary managers confront when conducting business across national borders. It addresses the complex environment of international business with respect to economic, social, cultural, political, and legal institutions. Special attention will be given to examine how these institutions shape business operations in the global market. Throughout this course, we will also highlight some of the drivers of global macroeconomic development and its impact on international business.
Lecturer: Dr Chang SUN
This course involves visits to companies that deal with significant global management issues inside and outside of Hong Kong. Orientation before the visits includes identification and preparation of academic and practical issues to be addressed to target companies. After the visits, academic reports on the issues raised, addressed, solutions and personal take-away would be collected.
Lecturer by rotation.
Candidates shall be assessed for each of the courses for which they have registered, and assessment is normally conducted in the form of coursework assessment (50-100%) and examinations (0-50%), unless otherwise specified by the course instructor.