Program Curriculum

Carefully-designed Curriculum with Asia Focus

The HKUST MIMT program builds a strong foundation for management success and creates a unique learning experience for each of our students through rigorous study and an emphasis on creativity, analytical thinking, teamwork and actual practice.

The curriculum is carefully-designed to combine academic theory with business practice and international exposure. It consists of foundation courses, a block seminar, a seminar on Responsible Global Leadership, required courses on Strategy and Global Management Practice, a business project, skill seminars, international exchange at other CEMS member schools for one term and an international internship outside the students' home country or home school.

One of the distinguishing features of our courses is the emphasis on developing Asia and China business expertise. A good number of our courses have Asian content to equip students with a better understanding of the Asian business environment.

Remarks: Program curriculum is subject to modification in each intake and further electives to be developed.

Foundation Courses

MIMT 5010 Market Research for Business Applications

This course aims to investigate the market research process and its application as a problem-solving tool for management decision making. Methods, techniques, and procedures of market research will be discussed, including topics on defining research problems, designing a research project, and in collecting, analyzing, recording and interpreting data, and report writing and presentation.

MIMT 5020 Managerial Decision Making

High quality managerial decisions require quality decision content and quality decision making process. This course focuses on the concepts and techniques that can develop effective decision-making skills for those who will be in management positions, both as individuals and in teams. Emphasis of topics will be put on how to facilitate and formalize the decision-making process, reveal decision-making biases and enable decision analysis to work as a powerful and flexible management tool that can address many types of business problems. It helps students understand what traps might be involved in the decision-making process and what can be done to improve the quality of decisions as a manager.

 

Required Courses

MIMT 5110 Doing Business in Asia

The course is designed to allow students to appreciate and understand the opportunities and challenges in doing business in the Asian countries. The course provides a broad introduction to key issues in the business environment including business policy, corporate governance, legal aspects, strategy, marketing and branding, services management and cross-cultural management, etc.. The implications of political, socio-economic, and cultural environment provide students with insights into how to formulate and implement strategies for competitive advantage and value creation in Asia.

MIMT 5120 Strategic Management in Asia

The primary topic of this course is strategic management in the Asian context. It focuses on key theories and frameworks in strategic management, the characteristics of the specific business environment in Asia, and insights of how to apply these theories and frameworks into the Asian context. It helps students who plan to work in Asian companies understand their roles and responsibilities in helping the companies to achieve competitive advantage; and to help those who work in foreign companies that either already have or will have operations in Asia to obtain the knowledge necessary to compete or cooperate with Asian companies more successfully.

MIMT 5200 Responsible Global Leadership

This course helps to enhance students' awareness in comprehensive leadership especially to well prepare them before they assume global leadership responsibilities early in their career at all levels, including personal, group, organizational and societal leadership.

MIMT 5210 Managing Global Complexity

This course focuses on the challenges and opportunities associated with organizational management and business strategy in the global environment. It provides a managerial overview of how different countries' cultural, social, political, technological and economic environments affect the strategic, organizational, and human resource issues that affect multinational companies. Key topics include globalization, culture, cross-cultural communication, negotiation, motivation, leadership and group dynamics. It develops a managerial mindset to practice management, encourages students to move between management concepts and their real-life applicability and ultimately adapts to the ever-changing world of management practice.

MIMT 5310 Understanding Consumers: A Strategic Approach

Consumers react to marketing information provided about a product. The topics discussed comprise an examination of basic psychological processes in a logical sequence: i.e., exposure, attention, perception, memory, persuasion, and decision-making. Advertising – and how consumers process ads – is the major vehicle used to clarify these concepts. In addition, the course also furthers an understanding of consumer behavior by examining its social and cultural context, including the influence of group members (such as family and other important referents) on decision making and perception, and the nature and importance of cultural differences in consumer behaviour around the world. Thus, this course provides both a micro and macro perspective on the factors influencing a customer.

 

Skill Seminars

MIMT 6110 Skill Seminar I / MIMT 6120 Skill Seminar II

Skill seminars will be offered to develop the students' essential business and communication skills necessary to work in a global business environment. Some possible skill seminars include topics on time management, communication skills, inter-cultural skills, teamwork, international negotiation techniques, and presentation skills, to name a few.

 

Business Project

MIMT 6200 Business Project

This is a supervised study of a real-life issue faced by an organization, including identification of strategic questions, design of studies, collection and analysis of data, development and reporting recommendation. Students will develop consultant-client relationship with the participating sponsoring companies and work in teams to conduct a strategically focused study, which results in a comprehensive report containing analyses and practical recommendations for management decision making.

 

Language Course

Basic Language Course

For students entering the program with only two languages (English and another language), they are required to take one of the introductory language courses of a third language (either Chinese/Spanish offered in a particular term) in order to fulfill the language requirement of the program. Actual course catalogue will be available prior to course registration at around one month before term starts.

 

Elective Courses*

MGMT 5550 Effective Negotiations

This course focuses on two-party negotiations in a wide variety of settings ranging from simple buyer-seller bargains to complex, multiple-issue strategic relationships.

FINA 5340 Financial Markets in China

The course is an overview of China's financial markets, their latest development, and future trends. Topics include: History of China Financial Markets, Structure of China Financial Markets, Regulation and Regulatory Bodies, Foreign Exchange and Monetary Policy, the Peoples Bank of China, Banking Industry, Securities and Bonds Market, Development of the Stock and Bond Market, Development of the Insurance Industry, Private Equity Funds, and the Real Estate Industry.

ECON 5200 Global Macroeconomics

TThis course covers the basic theory of short run macroeconomics, as it has developed since Keynes. The basic framework will be the "IS-LM" equilibrium method, in which we analyze the major markets which affect the macroeconomy - labor, output, money and foreign exchange markets by studying positions of general equilibrium in them. This framework will be used to analyze fiscal and monetary policies.

MIMT 5320 Global Marketing Management

This course is primarily intended for those who see their future career roles as professionals, managers, or entrepreneurs involved in strategic marketing with a global perspective. The objective of the course is to provide a pragmatic approach on strategic marketing management in this increasingly dynamic and challenging marketplace. It focuses on the key issues of understanding the marketing environment, conducting marketing research, segmentation, targeting and positioning, developing competitive marketing strategies, and looking at implementation issues, with emphasis on the global marketing perspective.

MIMT 5350 Project Management

This course covers the essential project management skills to ensure successful implementation of business projects. Topics include investment decisions, resource planning, budgeting, scheduling, outsourcing, and risk assessment and control, etc.

ISOM 5700 Operations Management

Introduction to management of business processes that produce goods or services: topics include operations strategy, process analysis, queuing systems, inventory management, quality management, process improvement and other important issues. 

 

* Offering schedule is subject to availability