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The Peking University-UCL MBA programme includes core modules in accounting and finance, strategy, and organisational behaviour and leadership. As well, core modules in decision-making and analytics, marketing, and operations explore how technology, data, and analytics are transforming these key areas of business. Additionally, a core module in economics and business in China will give key insights into Chinese Government policies and how these polices present unique challenges and opportunities in managing and leading companies in China.

 

 

The Peking University-UCL MBA programme will also include a range of elective modules in entrepreneurship, finance, and contemporary issues in Chinese business. One elective module on entrepreneurship will be offered in London, which will allow students to be taught first-hand by entrepreneurs from the UCL community who have helped to make London a global centre for innovation and creativity.

 

 

Students will complete a total of ten modules, seven core modules and three elective modules, covering over 20 different management areas. Each module is based on a broad management ‘theme’ that is separated into two related or complementary ‘topics’. Each of the two topics is taught as a separate course. Assessment is at the module-level and is based on coursework and exams in the two courses.

 

 

 

Curriculum for 2019-2020 academic year.

 

Core Modules Core Courses
Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance

The first part of this module, which is a course on financial and managerial accounting, provides an introduction to core accounting principles and their applications, both internal and external, to business organisations. This course covers the essentials any manager should have when working in a business, whether employed as a manager or as the business owner, and provides an underpinning for any subsequent studies in financial management.

 

The second part of this module, which is a course on corporate finance, considers a range of strategic financial issues of importance to company financial officers and other financially-oriented corporate executives as well as external managers and analysts engaged with these firms.

Financial and Managerial Accounting
Corporate Finance

 

Marketing

Marketing

Marketing creates value for customers by identifying and fulfilling customers’ needs. The goal of this module is to delineate the means of fulfilling these wants and needs.

Creating this value requires that managers must effectively assess marketing opportunities by analysing customers, competitors, and their own company (the 3 C's) and design effective marketing programs to capitalize upon these opportunities by selecting appropriate strategies for pricing, promotion, place, and product (the 4 P's). The first part of the module, which is a course on marketing science, is organized around these three C's and four P's and prepares students to create marketing strategies that address these points.

 

The second part of the module, which is a course on marketing research, follows the steps in the marketing research process. Different types of research designs, techniques of data collection, and data analysis are covered and emphasis is on the interpretation and use of results rather than on mathematical derivations. Marketing research methods will be taught within the context of case studies and interspersed with theory in consumer behaviour research. Topics include: problem definition, research design, data collection methods, questionnaire design and measurement, sampling schemes, data analysis, and modelling. Both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of marketing research are covered and some physiological methods for consumer research will also be introduced, e.g. Eye-Tracking, Face Reading, EEG, fMRI, IAT, etc.

Marketing Science
Marketing Research
Operations

Operations

Operations is one of the primary functions of a firm, similar to finance or marketing.

 

Operations management is the design and management of the processes that transform inputs into finished goods or services. The first part of the module, which is a course on operations and technology management, provides a foundation for understanding the operations of a firm by exploring a simple question – how do companies actually do things? The course will focus on operations and management of technology in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, retailing, transportation, etc. Students will be introduced to essential operations management concepts, analytical tools and frameworks through a variety of learning formats including case studies, video clips, interactive problem-solving, group exercises, simulations, and directed reading.

The second part of the module, which is a course on operations analytics, focuses on operations management in complex, interconnected, data-driven environments. Operations management makes trade-off decisions with respect to quality, cost, and time in the acquisition, development, and utilization of resources that firms need to deliver the goods and services their clients want. Leading companies are using data and analytics to drive critical operational decisions, reduce costs and complexity, and maximise operational efficiencies. The course explores how leading companies are using data and analytics to improve their operations practices and performance.

Operations Analytics
Operations and Technology Management
Strategy

Strategy

Most large companies, and many quite small ones, are not single businesses but groups, comprising a portfolio of more or less separate business units and one or more levels of corporate management. Suppose, you are the CEO of a multi-business company, an advisor to the CEO, or a business unit manager who wants to collaborate with another business unit, which corporate strategies can you use to compete as a collection of multiple businesses?

 

The first part of the module, which is a course on corporate strategy taught by UCL, focuses on the following two corporate strategy questions:

• Portfolio composition: Which businesses should we be in as a company, and how can we enter these businesses and exit from others?

• Portfolio organisation: How should we organize the company to create value across the different businesses?

 

The second part of the module, which is a course on strategic management taught by PKU, focuses on competitive advantage and further develops the concept of strategy. Strategic management is about creating persistent superior performance for organisations in general and business firms in particular. The course is also concerned with both the determination of the strategic direction and the management of the strategic process. Again, the perspective in the course will be that of a general manager, whose ultimate responsibility is the long-term health of an entire organisation or a major division within an organisation.

Corporate Strategy
Decision-making and Analytics
Decision-making and Analytics

Decision-making and Analytics

An important task for every manager is the building of explicit models for analysing decisions. The first part of this modules, which is a course on decision making for business, will focus different techniques used for this decision-making process. Sessions are devoted to modelling concepts that are applicable to a variety of different management situations. Modelling can be seen as a kind of art in which one needs to use one’s creativity, imagination and business understanding; still, the modeller also needs to have strong technical ‘know-how’ and this course brings a mix of the two.

The second part of the module, which is a course on business strategy and analytics, exposes students to key issues in developing and executing business strategy, particularly in technology and digital industries. It explores how to analyse the external environment, the internal processes of the organization, and the economics and strategy of technology business models. This course covers the fundamental tenets of data and analytics, including summarization and visualization, data-based decision making, experiments, and counterfactual thinking and investigates how leading companies are using data and analytics to improve their strategy processes.

Decision-making for Business
Business Strategy and Analytics
Economics and Business in China

Economics and Business in China

The first part of this module, which is a course on managerial economics, introduces economic concepts and provides a firm understanding of the nature of man, choice and cost, pricing and marketing tactics, the real rate of interest, unemployment, the determinants of income, market structure, competition policy, money and various macroeconomics topics.

 

The second part of this module, which is a course on China’s economic development, reviews China’s economic growth from a historical perspective and focuses on economic decentralization and its impacts and the export-led growth model. The course also covers prospects for China’s future growth.

Managerial Economics
China's Economic Development
Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

The first part of this module, which is a course on managing organisational behaviour (OB), is a management skills practicum. Students complete online exercises that identify strengths and weaknesses in different management skills. Lectures give students a firm foundation in OB theory and cover practical steps that can be taken to build each person’s level of skills.

 

The second part of this module, which is a course on global leadership, focuses on leading people and building the leadership skills of students, particularly in relation to working in a complex, uncertain, and diverse global environment. A significant part of the course is devoted to a team project that investigates leadership practices in real companies.

Managing Organisational Behaviour
Global Leadership
Core Module Core Course
Business Research Project

Business Research Project

The business research project is a research exercise aimed at providing students with practical experience and theoretical tools related to conducting research in a management context. Students are expected to complete an individual research project based on the collection of both primary and secondary data. The research project can be based on a consultancy project carried out by a single student or team of students for a company. The research report can be either a traditional academic dissertation or a business plan. Students will develop the skills to analyse and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data and understand and conduct statistical analysis for research purposes.

Business Research Project
Optional Module Optional Courses
Consumer Behaviour and Digital Marketing

Consumer Behaviour and Digital Marketing

The first part of the module is organised around a framework that specifies the sequence of the consumer decision journey (e.g., attention, interpretation, memory, attitude, choice, loyalty), that intervene between the marketing mix (input) and purchase behaviour (output), and covers both metrics for assessing each step (i.e., methods) and also drivers for influencing each step (i.e., underlying reasons).

 

Digital marketing plays a dominant role in the way modern organisations connect and work with multiple audiences. This part of the module will look at how organisations are approaching the shift to digital marketing, working across multiple media channels and utilising new engagement methods. This includes a focus on empowered consumers, building and protecting brands in the digital age, digital consumer journey experiences and generating real-time marketing insight.

 

Digital Marketing
Consumer Behaviour
Cross-cultural Management and Negotiation

Cross-cultural Management and Negotiation

The first part of the module, which is a course on managing across cultures, considers the issues and problems of leading and managing in different cultures, in particular, the 'people problems' that invariably arise in international business relationships. Failure on the part of managers to appreciate and deal with the differences in attitudes, values, and behaviour of those with whom they interact in international business transactions consistently has been shown to be a major source of difficulties. The course involves marrying theories and concepts from the broad fields of 'culture' and ‘international business’ and applying them to problems typically confronted by leaders and managers involved in international business.

The second part of the module, a course on influence and negotiation, explores negotiation, which is the science of securing agreements between two or more interdependent parties. The primary goal of this course is to provide students with the fundamentals of effective negotiation and communication. The core concepts presented in the course will help students develop wiser decision-making strategies under pressure, a more systematic framework to prepare for and execute negotiations, and greater facility in approaches for creating and capturing value in negotiation.

Influence and Negotiations
Managing across Cultures
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe

This module will provide students with an interactive introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation management in a European context.

 

The module introduces strategies to assess the potential of a new business concept and thus improve the likely success of high-impact ventures. It covers methods for analysing, specifying, designing, and launching high-impact initiatives along with the knowledge and skills required to prepare a financial plan for a new business venture.

 

As well, the module approaches innovation as a core business imperative and appropriate management as an essential element to business success. Participants will be introduced to an overview of critical issues and skills necessary to not only manage innovation within existing companies but to foster an open-innovation environment that encourages innovation across organisational boundaries.

 

This module is offered in London only. Students intending to take or who have taken the module MSINGC16 Chinese and Global Entrepreneurship offered in Beijing cannot take this module.

 

Entrepreneurship in Europe
Corporate Venturing
Chinese Entrepreneurship and the Global Context

Chinese Entrepreneurship and the Global Context

The first part of this module, which is a course on entrepreneurship in China, introduces students to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship by looking at how opportunity arises within the rapidly-changing patterns of global value creation. The course takes as its premise the idea that entrepreneurs are made, not born; that most people have choices about the behaviour they display, and therefore can learn how to launch a new high-growth venture.

The second part of this module, which is a course on entrepreneurship and the global context, teaches new venture creation using a variety of global settings and it considers the economic and social impact of entrepreneurs, their interactions with institutions, and how culture – national and organisational – creates the environment to support new venture creation. Students therefore gain a full understanding of the ecosystem in which opportunities are evaluated. This course uses case studies of successful ecosystems, in Silicon Valley, in China, and around the world, to explore how the environment interacts with the innovation process.

The module will help students explore entrepreneurship both in their local known context and in a global, connected context, by understanding the drivers and constraints that affect opportunity around the world.

Students intending to take or who have taken the module MSINGC15 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe cannot take this module.

Entrepreneurship in China
Entrepreneurship in a Global Context
Emerging Business Technologies

Emerging Business Technologies

This module explores how the emerging technologies of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Distributed Ledger Systems (DLT) are affecting our socio-economic systems.

Students will learn the backgrounds of these technologies and then explore how they are affecting business models and processes as well as disrupting industries by creating new market opportunities. Students will examine how different stakeholders are being affected and how organisations can set strategies in the face of these technologies.
The module will introduce tools and frameworks for various stakeholders to understand how to act through the framing of AI as enabling cheaper prediction and DLT as enabling cheaper value transfer.

Emerging Business Technologies
International Business Finance

International Business Finance

This module provides a description of the international financial environment within which multinational firms and financial institutions operate and deals with the theories and practices of international financial management. Students will discuss balance of payments, exchange rate regimes, currency derivatives, international money and capital markets, interest rates and interest rate derivatives, as well as international investment. This module will give students the ability to manage the international financial operations of a firm.

International Business Finance
Investment Banking (IB)

Investment Banking (IB)

Investment Banking is a short graduate module encompassing selected topics relating to finance, from a practitioner’s perspective.
It starts off with an overview of the methods used by investment bankers and equity analysts to value companies. It then progresses to Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), which is the purview of the advisory division of an investment bank. This module looks at M&A deals from multiple perspectives: the acquirer, the target and the adviser (investment bank). Profit opportunities arising for announced deals are also looked at from the perspective of hedge fund risk arbitrageurs.
While the module will include some merger-related research, the focus is on a numerical or valuation approach to deals. The tools used are like those used at top investment banks’ advisory divisions.
The module also looks at the initial public offering (IPO) process primarily from a valuation and pricing perspectives. The module concludes with a short discussion of the IPO process.

Investment Banking
Management of non-profit organisations

Management of non-profit organisations

This module is an overview of management and leadership in the sector of nonprofit and philanthropy for students from a diversity of backgrounds. The module provides the current concepts, theory, and practice on the management and leadership of nonprofit organisations. It covers context and the institutional setting of the nonprofit sector, the difference between corporate and public management, operation, finance, people, and culture and governance, as well as the topics on ethics, advocacy and fundraising, and increasing demands and challenges on accountability and transparency, and demonstration on results and outcomes for nonprofit organisations. The module also covers the emerging phenomenon of social entrepreneurship and social innovation, and their implications to both nonprofit and corporate sectors.

Management of non-profit organisations
Statistics and Analytics for Business

Statistics and Analytics for Business

This module offers a modern survey of major statistical methods, along with their applications to real world problems ranging from finance, insurance and marketing, to the movie industry and sports. The statistical methods include data visualization, descriptive statistics, probability theory, normal and T distribution, sampling distribution, confidence interval, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis.

Statistics and Analytics for Business
Strategic Human Resource Management

Strategic Human Resource Management

Human resource management (HRM) is an interdisciplinary field that examines how organizations could be effectively staffed to achieve strategic goals. This module has two themes:
1. How to think strategically and systematically about managing organizations’ human assets, and
2. How to execute HRM strategies and to achieve competitive advantage.
This module adopts the perspective of a general manager and addresses human resource topics
from a strategic perspective. In other words, this module will not go into the technical details such as the psychometric aspects of test validation, the job evaluation methods, the interviewing mechanics, or the caveats of employment law.

Strategic Human Resource Management
China Insights Elective Courses Taught in Chinese
China Insights
Organizational Management in Times of Change

Organizational Management in Times of Change

This course covers the application of management theory in an organization and requires students correctly understanding the theory and feasibly guiding practices. The course will discuss the relationship between organization and environment, especially the changes brought by Internet technology, basic perceptions of management and organization, basic perceptions of organization and individual, new requirements of organizational management under the sharing economics background. The objective of this course is to improve students’ understanding of principle and method of organizational management under complex environment.

Leadership in Chinese Traditional Culture

Leadership in Chinese Traditional Culture

This course intends to answer a question that is on every leader’s mind: under China’s social and cultural environments, what is the leadership that can ultimately take a leader to success? Zeng Guofan, can undoubtedly provide us some very useful inspirations in this regard. Zeng Guofan was highly appreciated by some renowned figures like Chairman Mao Zedong, and Chiang Kai-Shek, and was widely regarded as a person of great virtues, achievements, and insights. Zeng Guofan possessed various key elements that made him a great Chinese leader, who grew his leadership out of Chinese culture, and in return displayed the wisdom and spirit of Chinese culture.

 

This course is designed as a case study of Zeng Guofan’s leadership. Through an analysis of Zeng Guofan’s personal and career life, particularly his self-improvements, employment of talents, management of national affairs, education of children, etc., the course construes the key qualities that constitute a real leader under China’s social and cultural environments.

Competition Strategy

Competition Strategy

Battle is “the highest form of struggle” when people solve conflicts. The competition strategy in history was summarized from a large number of military practices. The development and execution of military strategy and tactics determines the outcome of the war.

 

More than 2000 years ago, Sun Tzu summarized the essence of winning strategy in The Art of War, based on his study of ancient warfare and on his own military experience. Why has this 7000-word book still been considered to be the sound fundamental text on strategy today? This workshop will bring students to the ancient battlefield to demonstrate the wisdom of famous strategists. Then the battle of Menglianggu Mountain in China’s Civil War will be analyzed to explore execution of winning strategy. Lectures will be incorporated with applications, group discussion and field study. Through the course, students will learn to conduct thorough investigation in competitive environment, make judgment and decision under pressure within limited time, overcome difficulties with no excuse and apply rules according to real situations to get things done.

Marketing in China

Marketing in China

The objective of this course is to learn the systematic framework of product and brand marketing management through theories and cases, and to find out the essence behind appearance. The course covers a number of cases that relate to Chinese companies and goes through their success and failure experience in the marketing practices in China. It will also investigate the problems that need to be paid attention to and the reasons behind them in a context of social, economic and cultural traditions and status quo. Based on the above studies, this course also introduces some general information about marketing development in the internet and big data era.

National Development Lecture Series

National Development Lecture Series

This course is aimed at setting up a platform for participants to interact with distinguished professors at the National School of Development, helping them develop a better comprehension of the current economic and social developments in China. The series will cover a wide range of topics, pooling the academic specialties of prominent scholars in their respective areas, such as economic restructuring, medical reform, monetary policy, etc. The lecture series is expected to enhance students’ insights, expand their horizon and inspire their independent thinking.

Business Research Project
Students will undertake a business research project. Based on availability, students can choose to develop a consultancy project with a company. Students can also choose to write a business plan for a new or existing business or choose to write a dissertation based on a piece of management- or business-related research. Students are offered training and guidance on consultancy services, business planning, and business research.

PKU-UCL MBA

Curriculum

 

The Peking University-UCL MBA programme includes core modules in accounting and finance, strategy, and organisational behaviour and leadership. As well, core modules in decision-making and analytics, marketing, and operations explore how technology, data, and analytics are transforming these key areas of business. Additionally, a core module in economics and business in China will give key insights into Chinese Government policies and how these polices present unique challenges and opportunities in managing and leading companies in China.

 

 

The Peking University-UCL MBA programme will also include a range of elective modules in entrepreneurship, finance, and contemporary issues in Chinese business. One elective module on entrepreneurship will be offered in London, which will allow students to be taught first-hand by entrepreneurs from the UCL community who have helped to make London a global centre for innovation and creativity.

 

 

Students will complete a total of ten modules, seven core modules and three elective modules, covering over 20 different management areas. Each module is based on a broad management ‘theme’ that is separated into two related or complementary ‘topics’. Each of the two topics is taught as a separate course. Assessment is at the module-level and is based on coursework and exams in the two courses.

 

 

 

Curriculum for 2019-2020 academic year.

 

Core Modules Core Courses
Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance

The first part of this module, which is a course on financial and managerial accounting, provides an introduction to core accounting principles and their applications, both internal and external, to business organisations. This course covers the essentials any manager should have when working in a business, whether employed as a manager or as the business owner, and provides an underpinning for any subsequent studies in financial management.

 

The second part of this module, which is a course on corporate finance, considers a range of strategic financial issues of importance to company financial officers and other financially-oriented corporate executives as well as external managers and analysts engaged with these firms.

Financial and Managerial Accounting
Corporate Finance

 

Marketing

Marketing

Marketing creates value for customers by identifying and fulfilling customers’ needs. The goal of this module is to delineate the means of fulfilling these wants and needs.

Creating this value requires that managers must effectively assess marketing opportunities by analysing customers, competitors, and their own company (the 3 C's) and design effective marketing programs to capitalize upon these opportunities by selecting appropriate strategies for pricing, promotion, place, and product (the 4 P's). The first part of the module, which is a course on marketing science, is organized around these three C's and four P's and prepares students to create marketing strategies that address these points.

 

The second part of the module, which is a course on marketing research, follows the steps in the marketing research process. Different types of research designs, techniques of data collection, and data analysis are covered and emphasis is on the interpretation and use of results rather than on mathematical derivations. Marketing research methods will be taught within the context of case studies and interspersed with theory in consumer behaviour research. Topics include: problem definition, research design, data collection methods, questionnaire design and measurement, sampling schemes, data analysis, and modelling. Both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of marketing research are covered and some physiological methods for consumer research will also be introduced, e.g. Eye-Tracking, Face Reading, EEG, fMRI, IAT, etc.

Marketing Science
Marketing Research
Operations

Operations

Operations is one of the primary functions of a firm, similar to finance or marketing.

 

Operations management is the design and management of the processes that transform inputs into finished goods or services. The first part of the module, which is a course on operations and technology management, provides a foundation for understanding the operations of a firm by exploring a simple question – how do companies actually do things? The course will focus on operations and management of technology in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, retailing, transportation, etc. Students will be introduced to essential operations management concepts, analytical tools and frameworks through a variety of learning formats including case studies, video clips, interactive problem-solving, group exercises, simulations, and directed reading.

The second part of the module, which is a course on operations analytics, focuses on operations management in complex, interconnected, data-driven environments. Operations management makes trade-off decisions with respect to quality, cost, and time in the acquisition, development, and utilization of resources that firms need to deliver the goods and services their clients want. Leading companies are using data and analytics to drive critical operational decisions, reduce costs and complexity, and maximise operational efficiencies. The course explores how leading companies are using data and analytics to improve their operations practices and performance.

Operations Analytics
Operations and Technology Management
Strategy

Strategy

Most large companies, and many quite small ones, are not single businesses but groups, comprising a portfolio of more or less separate business units and one or more levels of corporate management. Suppose, you are the CEO of a multi-business company, an advisor to the CEO, or a business unit manager who wants to collaborate with another business unit, which corporate strategies can you use to compete as a collection of multiple businesses?

 

The first part of the module, which is a course on corporate strategy taught by UCL, focuses on the following two corporate strategy questions:

• Portfolio composition: Which businesses should we be in as a company, and how can we enter these businesses and exit from others?

• Portfolio organisation: How should we organize the company to create value across the different businesses?

 

The second part of the module, which is a course on strategic management taught by PKU, focuses on competitive advantage and further develops the concept of strategy. Strategic management is about creating persistent superior performance for organisations in general and business firms in particular. The course is also concerned with both the determination of the strategic direction and the management of the strategic process. Again, the perspective in the course will be that of a general manager, whose ultimate responsibility is the long-term health of an entire organisation or a major division within an organisation.

Corporate Strategy
Decision-making and Analytics
Decision-making and Analytics

Decision-making and Analytics

An important task for every manager is the building of explicit models for analysing decisions. The first part of this modules, which is a course on decision making for business, will focus different techniques used for this decision-making process. Sessions are devoted to modelling concepts that are applicable to a variety of different management situations. Modelling can be seen as a kind of art in which one needs to use one’s creativity, imagination and business understanding; still, the modeller also needs to have strong technical ‘know-how’ and this course brings a mix of the two.

The second part of the module, which is a course on business strategy and analytics, exposes students to key issues in developing and executing business strategy, particularly in technology and digital industries. It explores how to analyse the external environment, the internal processes of the organization, and the economics and strategy of technology business models. This course covers the fundamental tenets of data and analytics, including summarization and visualization, data-based decision making, experiments, and counterfactual thinking and investigates how leading companies are using data and analytics to improve their strategy processes.

Decision-making for Business
Business Strategy and Analytics
Economics and Business in China

Economics and Business in China

The first part of this module, which is a course on managerial economics, introduces economic concepts and provides a firm understanding of the nature of man, choice and cost, pricing and marketing tactics, the real rate of interest, unemployment, the determinants of income, market structure, competition policy, money and various macroeconomics topics.

 

The second part of this module, which is a course on China’s economic development, reviews China’s economic growth from a historical perspective and focuses on economic decentralization and its impacts and the export-led growth model. The course also covers prospects for China’s future growth.

Managerial Economics
China's Economic Development
Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

The first part of this module, which is a course on managing organisational behaviour (OB), is a management skills practicum. Students complete online exercises that identify strengths and weaknesses in different management skills. Lectures give students a firm foundation in OB theory and cover practical steps that can be taken to build each person’s level of skills.

 

The second part of this module, which is a course on global leadership, focuses on leading people and building the leadership skills of students, particularly in relation to working in a complex, uncertain, and diverse global environment. A significant part of the course is devoted to a team project that investigates leadership practices in real companies.

Managing Organisational Behaviour
Global Leadership
Core Module Core Course
Business Research Project

Business Research Project

The business research project is a research exercise aimed at providing students with practical experience and theoretical tools related to conducting research in a management context. Students are expected to complete an individual research project based on the collection of both primary and secondary data. The research project can be based on a consultancy project carried out by a single student or team of students for a company. The research report can be either a traditional academic dissertation or a business plan. Students will develop the skills to analyse and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data and understand and conduct statistical analysis for research purposes.

Business Research Project
Optional Module Optional Courses
Consumer Behaviour and Digital Marketing

Consumer Behaviour and Digital Marketing

The first part of the module is organised around a framework that specifies the sequence of the consumer decision journey (e.g., attention, interpretation, memory, attitude, choice, loyalty), that intervene between the marketing mix (input) and purchase behaviour (output), and covers both metrics for assessing each step (i.e., methods) and also drivers for influencing each step (i.e., underlying reasons).

 

Digital marketing plays a dominant role in the way modern organisations connect and work with multiple audiences. This part of the module will look at how organisations are approaching the shift to digital marketing, working across multiple media channels and utilising new engagement methods. This includes a focus on empowered consumers, building and protecting brands in the digital age, digital consumer journey experiences and generating real-time marketing insight.

 

Digital Marketing
Consumer Behaviour
Cross-cultural Management and Negotiation

Cross-cultural Management and Negotiation

The first part of the module, which is a course on managing across cultures, considers the issues and problems of leading and managing in different cultures, in particular, the 'people problems' that invariably arise in international business relationships. Failure on the part of managers to appreciate and deal with the differences in attitudes, values, and behaviour of those with whom they interact in international business transactions consistently has been shown to be a major source of difficulties. The course involves marrying theories and concepts from the broad fields of 'culture' and ‘international business’ and applying them to problems typically confronted by leaders and managers involved in international business.

The second part of the module, a course on influence and negotiation, explores negotiation, which is the science of securing agreements between two or more interdependent parties. The primary goal of this course is to provide students with the fundamentals of effective negotiation and communication. The core concepts presented in the course will help students develop wiser decision-making strategies under pressure, a more systematic framework to prepare for and execute negotiations, and greater facility in approaches for creating and capturing value in negotiation.

Influence and Negotiations
Managing across Cultures
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe

This module will provide students with an interactive introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation management in a European context.

 

The module introduces strategies to assess the potential of a new business concept and thus improve the likely success of high-impact ventures. It covers methods for analysing, specifying, designing, and launching high-impact initiatives along with the knowledge and skills required to prepare a financial plan for a new business venture.

 

As well, the module approaches innovation as a core business imperative and appropriate management as an essential element to business success. Participants will be introduced to an overview of critical issues and skills necessary to not only manage innovation within existing companies but to foster an open-innovation environment that encourages innovation across organisational boundaries.

 

This module is offered in London only. Students intending to take or who have taken the module MSINGC16 Chinese and Global Entrepreneurship offered in Beijing cannot take this module.

 

Entrepreneurship in Europe
Corporate Venturing
Chinese Entrepreneurship and the Global Context

Chinese Entrepreneurship and the Global Context

The first part of this module, which is a course on entrepreneurship in China, introduces students to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship by looking at how opportunity arises within the rapidly-changing patterns of global value creation. The course takes as its premise the idea that entrepreneurs are made, not born; that most people have choices about the behaviour they display, and therefore can learn how to launch a new high-growth venture.

The second part of this module, which is a course on entrepreneurship and the global context, teaches new venture creation using a variety of global settings and it considers the economic and social impact of entrepreneurs, their interactions with institutions, and how culture – national and organisational – creates the environment to support new venture creation. Students therefore gain a full understanding of the ecosystem in which opportunities are evaluated. This course uses case studies of successful ecosystems, in Silicon Valley, in China, and around the world, to explore how the environment interacts with the innovation process.

The module will help students explore entrepreneurship both in their local known context and in a global, connected context, by understanding the drivers and constraints that affect opportunity around the world.

Students intending to take or who have taken the module MSINGC15 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe cannot take this module.

Entrepreneurship in China
Entrepreneurship in a Global Context
Emerging Business Technologies

Emerging Business Technologies

This module explores how the emerging technologies of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Distributed Ledger Systems (DLT) are affecting our socio-economic systems.

Students will learn the backgrounds of these technologies and then explore how they are affecting business models and processes as well as disrupting industries by creating new market opportunities. Students will examine how different stakeholders are being affected and how organisations can set strategies in the face of these technologies.
The module will introduce tools and frameworks for various stakeholders to understand how to act through the framing of AI as enabling cheaper prediction and DLT as enabling cheaper value transfer.

Emerging Business Technologies
International Business Finance

International Business Finance

This module provides a description of the international financial environment within which multinational firms and financial institutions operate and deals with the theories and practices of international financial management. Students will discuss balance of payments, exchange rate regimes, currency derivatives, international money and capital markets, interest rates and interest rate derivatives, as well as international investment. This module will give students the ability to manage the international financial operations of a firm.

International Business Finance
Investment Banking (IB)

Investment Banking (IB)

Investment Banking is a short graduate module encompassing selected topics relating to finance, from a practitioner’s perspective.
It starts off with an overview of the methods used by investment bankers and equity analysts to value companies. It then progresses to Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), which is the purview of the advisory division of an investment bank. This module looks at M&A deals from multiple perspectives: the acquirer, the target and the adviser (investment bank). Profit opportunities arising for announced deals are also looked at from the perspective of hedge fund risk arbitrageurs.
While the module will include some merger-related research, the focus is on a numerical or valuation approach to deals. The tools used are like those used at top investment banks’ advisory divisions.
The module also looks at the initial public offering (IPO) process primarily from a valuation and pricing perspectives. The module concludes with a short discussion of the IPO process.

Investment Banking
Management of non-profit organisations

Management of non-profit organisations

This module is an overview of management and leadership in the sector of nonprofit and philanthropy for students from a diversity of backgrounds. The module provides the current concepts, theory, and practice on the management and leadership of nonprofit organisations. It covers context and the institutional setting of the nonprofit sector, the difference between corporate and public management, operation, finance, people, and culture and governance, as well as the topics on ethics, advocacy and fundraising, and increasing demands and challenges on accountability and transparency, and demonstration on results and outcomes for nonprofit organisations. The module also covers the emerging phenomenon of social entrepreneurship and social innovation, and their implications to both nonprofit and corporate sectors.

Management of non-profit organisations
Statistics and Analytics for Business

Statistics and Analytics for Business

This module offers a modern survey of major statistical methods, along with their applications to real world problems ranging from finance, insurance and marketing, to the movie industry and sports. The statistical methods include data visualization, descriptive statistics, probability theory, normal and T distribution, sampling distribution, confidence interval, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis.

Statistics and Analytics for Business
Strategic Human Resource Management

Strategic Human Resource Management

Human resource management (HRM) is an interdisciplinary field that examines how organizations could be effectively staffed to achieve strategic goals. This module has two themes:
1. How to think strategically and systematically about managing organizations’ human assets, and
2. How to execute HRM strategies and to achieve competitive advantage.
This module adopts the perspective of a general manager and addresses human resource topics
from a strategic perspective. In other words, this module will not go into the technical details such as the psychometric aspects of test validation, the job evaluation methods, the interviewing mechanics, or the caveats of employment law.

Strategic Human Resource Management
China Insights Elective Courses Taught in Chinese
China Insights
Organizational Management in Times of Change

Organizational Management in Times of Change

This course covers the application of management theory in an organization and requires students correctly understanding the theory and feasibly guiding practices. The course will discuss the relationship between organization and environment, especially the changes brought by Internet technology, basic perceptions of management and organization, basic perceptions of organization and individual, new requirements of organizational management under the sharing economics background. The objective of this course is to improve students’ understanding of principle and method of organizational management under complex environment.

Leadership in Chinese Traditional Culture

Leadership in Chinese Traditional Culture

This course intends to answer a question that is on every leader’s mind: under China’s social and cultural environments, what is the leadership that can ultimately take a leader to success? Zeng Guofan, can undoubtedly provide us some very useful inspirations in this regard. Zeng Guofan was highly appreciated by some renowned figures like Chairman Mao Zedong, and Chiang Kai-Shek, and was widely regarded as a person of great virtues, achievements, and insights. Zeng Guofan possessed various key elements that made him a great Chinese leader, who grew his leadership out of Chinese culture, and in return displayed the wisdom and spirit of Chinese culture.

 

This course is designed as a case study of Zeng Guofan’s leadership. Through an analysis of Zeng Guofan’s personal and career life, particularly his self-improvements, employment of talents, management of national affairs, education of children, etc., the course construes the key qualities that constitute a real leader under China’s social and cultural environments.

Competition Strategy

Competition Strategy

Battle is “the highest form of struggle” when people solve conflicts. The competition strategy in history was summarized from a large number of military practices. The development and execution of military strategy and tactics determines the outcome of the war.

 

More than 2000 years ago, Sun Tzu summarized the essence of winning strategy in The Art of War, based on his study of ancient warfare and on his own military experience. Why has this 7000-word book still been considered to be the sound fundamental text on strategy today? This workshop will bring students to the ancient battlefield to demonstrate the wisdom of famous strategists. Then the battle of Menglianggu Mountain in China’s Civil War will be analyzed to explore execution of winning strategy. Lectures will be incorporated with applications, group discussion and field study. Through the course, students will learn to conduct thorough investigation in competitive environment, make judgment and decision under pressure within limited time, overcome difficulties with no excuse and apply rules according to real situations to get things done.

Marketing in China

Marketing in China

The objective of this course is to learn the systematic framework of product and brand marketing management through theories and cases, and to find out the essence behind appearance. The course covers a number of cases that relate to Chinese companies and goes through their success and failure experience in the marketing practices in China. It will also investigate the problems that need to be paid attention to and the reasons behind them in a context of social, economic and cultural traditions and status quo. Based on the above studies, this course also introduces some general information about marketing development in the internet and big data era.

National Development Lecture Series

National Development Lecture Series

This course is aimed at setting up a platform for participants to interact with distinguished professors at the National School of Development, helping them develop a better comprehension of the current economic and social developments in China. The series will cover a wide range of topics, pooling the academic specialties of prominent scholars in their respective areas, such as economic restructuring, medical reform, monetary policy, etc. The lecture series is expected to enhance students’ insights, expand their horizon and inspire their independent thinking.

Business Research Project
Students will undertake a business research project. Based on availability, students can choose to develop a consultancy project with a company. Students can also choose to write a business plan for a new or existing business or choose to write a dissertation based on a piece of management- or business-related research. Students are offered training and guidance on consultancy services, business planning, and business research.
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