Curriculum - CUHK MBA

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Key Highlights

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12

Months 

Programme
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4

 

Terms
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9

 

Core Courses
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28

 

Electives Courses
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51

Units 

Credits Required

CUHK MBA is the choice for leaders in Asia

  • Fast track with Global Exposure: A study course of 12months for an MBA expands your global perspective with exchange programmes or dual degree programmes
  • Leading in the Digital Age: From fintech, AI & machine learning to digital transformation, develop your credentials as a future leader
  • Come to where East meets West: A range of exchange programmes, study tours and field trips blend international business learning with essential China business exposure
  • Gain real-life exposure: Insights and hands-on experience all come with our Business Practicum projects and Entrepreneurship Training

After the CUHK MBA, I was assigned to the Indonesian market and subsequently promoted to President Director at GMESS Solution. I firmly believe that this was because of global perspective learnt at CUHK, which offered a case-based teaching approach for solving international business cases. The MBA experience gave me insights into developing go-to-market strategies and building sales pipeline in my current management role.

Jay YOO
South Korea, Class of 2018
Deputy Manager, SPIDENT Company Limited


Study Roadmap (12/16 months)

  • Management: Competencies and Current Perspectives
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Leadership Development
  • Up to 6 units of elective course(s)
  • Strategic Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Up to 6 units of elective course(s)
  • Macroeconmics for Business Executives
  • Operations Management
  • Up to 9 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study (Optional)
  • Up to 9 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study(Optional)
  • Management: Competencies and Current Perspectives
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Leadership Development
  • Up to 6 units of elective course(s)
  • Strategic Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Up to 6 units of elective course(s)
  • Macroeconmics for Business Executives
  • Operations Management
  • Up to 9 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study (Optional)
  • Up to 9 units of elective course(s)
  • Business Field Study(Optional)
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Concentration Options

Students may pursue a general MBA degree or select one of the below two concentrations to complete the programme:

Finance and Technology

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

General MBA



Business Modelling

 


Entrepreneurship: Remodeling & Fundraising

 


Digital Transformation and Innovation

 


AI & Machine Learning

 

Business Modelling

Many economists, politicians and CEOs argue that technology is constantly disrupting our reality and making more and more VUCA – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Is it true? And what does it mean for investors, entrepreneurs and managers? How can future leaders best prepare to survive and thrive in this brave new world? This course will help you answer all these questions, analyzing how automation and gig platforms are changing the way we work; how the sharing economy is re-gearing the way we produce and consume goods; how social media are playing with our minds and natural instincts; and how the data deluge above us can be transformed into a river of knowledge.

Entrepreneurship: Remodeling & Fundraising

Most of the young ventures fail within the first three years of their establishment by making some fatal mistakes. However, it is a business nature to make mistakes, particularly for those young entrepreneurs who enter the market without proper preparation because they usually do not realize the constraints and problems faced by new ventures. Since the Lecturer of this course strongly believes that it is difficult to repeat a ‘success model’, this course will concentrate on teaching the ‘failure factors’ that can bring down new ventures. It emphasizes on several major topics related to executing a business opportunity and securing required financial resources.

As the lack of financial resources is one of key failure factors and there are limited financial resources available to start-ups, students will be trained specifically for their fundraising skills. Since the investment community of Asia operates differently compared to the West, particularly USA, this course will concentrate on the assessment criteria of Asian investors in terms of the development and investment viability of ventures. This course covers critical issues concerning business ventures, especially ventures with innovative ideas and technology focuses, in detail.

This course is highly practical in nature. Existing quality ventures that encounter problems in fundraising will be sourced through the Pan Asia Venture Development Platform (http://pavd.info/) globally. The students are required to review the business model of those ventures and modify them from the view of Asian investors: angels, venture capitalists, private equity investors – industrial players and other strategic investors. At the last day of the course, students will make a fundraising presentation to approximately 15 – 30 PAVD investors from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan (http://pavd.info/Registered%20Investors/Judges/). The students may also see the performance of students from other programs and/or universities. In a nutshell, students of this course will work on real project and raise real money.

Digital Transformation and Innovation

Changes are becoming the new industry norm, especially those underpinned by Digital Transformation and Innovation (DTI). The course will start with an executive overview of DTI fundamentals, from technology landscape and industry maturity, followed by exploring the New Normal – from new products and services, to new intelligence and new experience.

Students would then be exposed to latest thinking and trends in the market, covering customer innovation with Design Thinking; New Economies grown on Digital Platform; and Reinvention of Businesses driven by Industry 4.0. Industry experts would be invited as appropriate.

Innovation is at its best when ideas are without boundary – students will review real cases from different industries, and from the analysis gain the grasp on DTI application. The course would wrap with a framework for students to apply DTI in their jobs.

AI & Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are being used in the financial services industry worldwide. Financial institutions and Financial Technologies (FinTech) start-ups are using AI and machine learning methods to assess credit quality, to price and market insurance contracts, and to automate client interaction. Some of these companies are optimising scarce capital with AI and machine learning techniques, as well as back-testing models and analysing the market impact of trading large positions. Hedge funds, broker-dealers, and other firms are using AI and machine learning to find signals for higher (and uncorrelated) returns and optimise trading execution. These companies are using these technologies for regulatory compliance, surveillance, data quality assessment, and fraud detection.

After completing the course, you will have a basic understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), Financial Technologies (FinTech) and Blockchain (BC) from the core concepts to the main technologies. You will also learn how these technologies are being applied to finance industry from asset management to insurance, and from customer service to regulatory and compliance areas. Ethics and risks relevant to AI and machine learning will be explored.


Fintech 101

 


Platform for Business Strategies

 


Managing Innovation and Change

 


Fintech Analysis

 

Fintech 101

This course will look beyond the theories of finance and enable students to understand how the business environment of financial firms is changing due to that oft-used and also oft-misunderstood word – fintech. The most recent figures from the OECD suggest the financial industry in developed economies makes up 20% of GDP, and work from the McKinsey Global Institute pegs its global revenue at US$11 trillion. Yet this same industry is still widely seen as being in great turmoil, with large financial institutions retreating from their historical product offerings, significant cuts in the workorce, and great atention being paid to the purported disruption of ‘fintech’ offerings.

While the traditional firms face these drawbacks, a youthful and talented class of entrepreneurs are launching their fintech competitors. Using technologies ranging from Blockchain to A.I., and with disruptive strategies looking to remake the business models, these firms are in the hunt for that elusive animal – the unicorn firm, a startup valued at US$1 billion.

The students of this course will look at the history of the finance industry, the challenges it faces and the historical drivers that brought it to this point, and finally look across a number of the sub-industries of finance – traditional banking, asset management, broking, insurance products, etc – to determine possible new directions and strategies for fintech startups.

Platform for Business Strategies

Success in business needs strategies. The advances of information technology have given business strategies a new dimension: building computer-mediated networks to facilitate transactions over e-platforms. The examples include Amazon, Google, Spotify, iTunes, Alibaba, Uber, Airbnb, and many other B2B, B2C, and C2C platforms. The eplatform business has network effect following demand-side scale economies that sees the value of a product from the willingness-to-pay of customers. This creates new perspectives of business strategies on pricing, platform products, envelopment attacks, winner-takes-all effect, and cannibalization. This course discusses how to run a successful business with e-platforms.

Managing Innovation and Change

It’s an era of “Technology Everywhere”. Rapid advancements in technology literally impact every sector of our society. From taxi services to mobile payment, from robotic engineering to artificial intelligence, from stem cell to green tech…., continuous innovations and new technology have laid substantial or even subversive changes to our ways of doing business. It is, therefore, important for senior business executives to understand the uncertainty and challenges engendered by technological and market changes. With a better understanding, one will be able to derive the optimal ways to cope with these changes.

Fintech Analysis

FINA6020W FinTech Analytics is designed to introduce students to the fundamental building blocks of various financial technologies and real‐world applications through case studies and quantitative analyses. Students will learn the essential components of technology‐ driven financial applications, including the digital payment, modern investment theory deployed robot investing, innovative financing and funding schemes (crowdfunding, peer‐to‐peer lending, cryptocurrency, etc.).

Full Course List

Course offerings are subject to change. All MBA courses will be taught in English, with the exception of elective courses of a unique nature in which teaching in Chinese is preferable.

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Course
Type
Applied Entrepreneurship: Remodeling & Fundraising in Asia
Elective - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Most of the young ventures fail within the first three years of their establishment by making some fatal mistakes. However, it is a business nature to make mistakes, particularly for those young entrepreneurs who enter the market without proper preparation because they usually do not realize the constraints and problems faced by new ventures. Since the Lecturer of this course strongly believes that it is difficult to repeat a ‘success model’, this course will concentrate on teaching the ‘failure factors’ that can bring down new ventures. It emphasizes on several major topics related to executing a business opportunity and securing required financial resources.

As the lack of financial resources is one of key failure factors and there are limited financial resources available to start-ups, students will be trained specifically for their fundraising skills. Since the investment community of Asia operates differently compared to the West, particularly USA, this course will concentrate on the assessment criteria of Asian investors in terms of the development and investment viability of ventures. This course covers critical issues concerning business ventures, especially ventures with innovative ideas and technology focuses, in detail.

This course is highly practical in nature. Existing quality ventures that encounter problems in fundraising will be sourced through the Pan Asia Venture Development Platform (http://pavd.info/) globally. The students are required to review the business model of those ventures and modify them from the view of Asian investors: angels, venture capitalists, private equity investors – industrial players and other strategic investors. At the last day of the course, students will make a fundraising presentation to approximately 15 – 30 PAVD investors from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan (http://pavd.info/Registered%20Investors/Judges/). The students may also see the performance of students from other programs and/or universities. In a nutshell, students of this course will work on real project and raise real money.

Behavioral Decision Making
Elective - Without Concentrations

Making decisions, from the trivial to the fundamental, is part of the everyday life of every manager and investor. For the last 30 years, psychologists — and more recently also economists — have studied how people process information and make decisions. This research program has provided an insightful understanding of how people’s decisions deviate from “optimal” ones, and the consequences of such biases in financial and personal terms. This course is devoted to understanding the nature, causes and managerial implications of these limitations. It will help the students discover a series of serious yet often overlooked mistakes that most people would commit in a variety of decision contexts, including investment decisions, hiring decisions, purchase decisions and even marital decisions. At the same time, this course will also teach them how to correct these mistakes and how to reach optimal solutions. Instead of overwhelming the students with mathematical models or academic theories, this course will use many in-class exercises and questionnaires to convey the concepts.

Business Field Study – Asia
Elective - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The course consists of preparatory reading assignments followed by a week-long residential program in Asia, concluding with a written report and oral presentation or other assignments. The goal in taking classroom sessions in Asia is to provide MBA students first-hand exposure to some of the issues related to doing business in dynamic Asian market economies such as trade rules, economics, finance, marketing, management practices, politics, as well as geographic and social issues. Course learning activities include lectures provided by top academic partner schools, seminars and discussions with local government officials, business professionals, and visits to multi-national companies, state enterprises, joint ventures and manufacturing facilities. Students will be offered the opportunity to interact with executives and leaders of industry, financial institutions and government organizations in the region. The trip is highly structured to provide intellectual and social experiences with other cultures for students learning to lead in a booming Asian market. Trips may embrace a theme or focus on a particular business topic of relevance to the location such as marketing, entrepreneurship, or globalization, to leverage learning throughout the in-country experience.

(Students are responsible for visas arrangement, if required. Students will need to pay for their own airfare, meals, accommodation and miscellaneous expenses.)

Business Field Study – Europe
Elective - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This course consists of preparatory reading assignments followed by a week-long residential program in Europe, concluding with a written report and oral presentation or other assignments. The goal in taking classroom sessions in Europe is to provide MBA students first-hand exposure to some of the issues related to doing business in the EU, European business practices, and the influence of culture. This course may also focus on a particular business topic of relevance to the location such as marketing, entrepreneurship, or globalization. Course learning activities include lectures provided by top academic partner schools, seminars and discussions with local business professionals and/or government officials, and site visits to European enterprises.

(Students are responsible for visas arrangement, if required. Students will need to pay for their own airfare, meals, accommodation and miscellaneous expenses.)

Business Negotiation
Elective - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This course introduces current research and thought on the negotiation process, and provides opportunities for course participants to apply the concepts and skills in simulations of actual negotiations. Strategic lessons are learned from different actual cases. The objective is to enable course participants to appreciate the art and science of negotiation, to understand how to resolve conflicts and derive the most out of bargaining.

Business Practicum
Elective - Both Concentrations

This course provides an opportunity for the MBA students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to solving real-world business problems. A minimum of three and a maximum of five students are required to form a project team, under the supervision of a BA faculty member. A project proposal outlining the work to be undertaken by the project team must be approved by the supervising faculty member and endorsed by the Director of MBA Programmes or his/her representative within 10 calendar days from the start of the term. The project must be sponsored by a company in Hong Kong and approved by the Director. The sponsorship includes joint supervision of the project by an appointed senior staff of the company, pledge of assistance and support to ensure the successful completion of the project, and possible remuneration to members of the project team, other than the supervising faculty member, for the work undertaken. Students are expected to spend, on the average, one day a week throughout the duration of the project. The project duration must cover the term time as published by the University calendar, but should not exceed four months in duration. A final report of the project to be submitted to the supervising faculty member and an oral presentation of the results to the management of the sponsor is part of the requirements of the course. The final grades of the students will be determined by the supervising faculty member, in which the evaluation of the project by the sponsoring body should be reflected.

Eligibility: For Full-time MBA students only

Business Valuation and Analysis
Elective - Finance and Technology

This course introduces a framework for business valuation analysis using corporate disclosure and financial statement data. The framework identifies four key components of valuation: business strategy analysis, accounting analysis, financial analysis, and prospective analysis. Employing a case methodology, applications of this framework in a variety of decision-making contexts including securities analysis, credit analysis, and merger and acquisition decisions are examined.

Corporate Financial Reporting
Core

This course provides a graduate-level overview of the principles and concepts that underlie corporate financial reporting and the economic consequences of accounting choices. The course focus is on developing the skills required to interpret the information contained in financial statements and its use in decision-making rather than on the skills required to prepare financial statements. Topics include the use of accounting information in evaluating firm performance, and corporate reporting policies.

Corporate Fund-Raising Initiatives in the Chinese Equity Markets
Elective - Finance and Technology

This course delves into the major issues surrounding equity fund-raising in China. The principal focus is on initial public offerings (IPOs) and seasoned issues in Chinese stocks (including H- share, ‘red-chip’, private Chinese and ‘China-concept’ issuers) listed in Hong Kong. The characteristics of the various corporate entities and the nature of the funding methods utilized are critically explored. Case analysis of major IPO and seasoned equity issues (rights issues and private placings) features to amplify these objectives. Shanghai A- share listings are also considered as well as the various reforms to its constituent issuers. These include the transformation of non-tradable stock holdings into tradable form, the development of QFII and QDII schemes and the key reforms to China’s leading state-owned commercial banks. Finally, dual listings, such as American depositary receipts, and alternative routes to listing (‘reverse takeovers’) are also assessed. Upon completion of the course, students will have developed key insights into a major global funding activity.

Current Topics in Business: Digital Transformation and Innovation
Elective - Without Concentrations

Changes are becoming the new industry norm, especially those underpinned by Digital Transformation and Innovation (DTI). The course will start with an executive overview of DTI fundamentals, from technology landscape and industry maturity, followed by exploring the New Normal – from new products and services, to new intelligence and new experience.

Students would then be exposed to latest thinking and trends in the market, covering customer innovation with Design Thinking; New Economies grown on Digital Platform; and Reinvention of Businesses driven by Industry 4.0. Industry experts would be invited as appropriate.

Innovation is at its best when ideas are without boundary – students will review real cases from different industries, and from the analysis gain the grasp on DTI application. The course would wrap with a framework for students to apply DTI in their jobs.

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