The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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Course Descriptions

MGT501 Management of Organisations and People This course is designed to enhance managerial and leadership skills by providing students with a solid foundation of theoretical frameworks concerning behaviour in organisations, and by drawing out practical implications for organisational effectiveness. The course will examine the nature, origins and consequences of behaviour at individual, intra-group, inter-group, and organisational levels of analysis, using participants’ own observations and experiences as case materials.

MGT502 Managing Ethically This course introduces the concepts and principles of ethics, social responsibility, moral development, and stakeholder analysis, and applies them to a wide variety of ethical problems at individual, firm, and societal levels. Topics include whistle blowing, bribery, cartels, environmental protection, internet security, intellectual property, corporate governance, product liability, consumer safety, truth and advertising, employee rights, and quality of working life. Students will be encouraged to question their assumptions and arrive at their own judgments about what should be done by individuals, firms and legislatures to improve standards of business ethics.

MGT503 Teams for Learning This course is designed to prepare students to apply themselves to develop their management capabilities. The course considers key components of both what it takes to be an effective leader and an effective team and organisation members and the conditions under which people develop their management capabilities. This course develops students to acquire quality, open-minded relationships with other people and applies such relationships over a wide range of situations for many desirable outcomes. These relationships promote learning complex ideas and skills such as those needed to be a leader. Students will be asked to engage in cooperative learning where they are committed to helping each other strengthen their abilities. Students will actively promote their own learning and help each other develop the ideas and skills needed to lead and be effective in teams.

MGT504 Contemporary HRM This course introduces different aspects of contemporary human resource management practices and issues. In the changing and dynamic business environment today. Contemporary HRM represents a complex system of managing people and organizations. This course provides students with an understanding of how human resource management is regarded as an integrating force, linking various strands together to assist organization in meeting its objectives through effective performance and employee job satisfaction. The course is designed to explore some HRM practices in business organizations, such as manpower planning, recruitment and selection, training and development, and international HRM. Also it combines the basic HRM practices with the human resource cutting edge themes of increasing importance to HR practitioners and academics, such as managing diversity, stimulating innovation and change, balancing work-life conflicts, and so on.

MGT505 Performance Management Successful companies like Southwest Airlines, Johnson & Johnson, and McKinsey are found to be high in commitment and high in performance (Beer, 2009). The aim of this course is to inspire students to appreciate the importance of effective performance management process in successful companies. Students will be familiarized with the design and implementation of successful performance management systems in both profit and not-for-profit organizations. This course also encourages students to explore and challenge the best practices of modern performance management systems. Students are expected to recognize their judgmental errors and be able to make accurate and ethical appraisal on people’s performance. Implications of performance management on personal developmental plans and reward systems will also be introduced.

MGT506 Action Learning Projects The course aims to enhance students’ academic learning by engaging them in meaningful activities that require them to apply ideas they are learning in other courses to business and non-business settings.  It provides opportunities for students to critically evaluate concepts and knowledge gained in the Programme and put them into practice.  Students are encouraged to explore and investigate real life practices through a variety of learning activities.  Activities include participation in conferences and seminars, attending company visits and field trips, and analyzing a problem situation.  Students are required to analyze people management issues in specific organizations and make suggestions for improvement.  Students will also develop their competence in leadership, team building and problem solving as they contribute in organizing learning activities.

MGT601 Managing Conflict in Organisations This course is designed to introduce the role, importance, and methods of managing conflict in organisations. Students will be asked to consider the many forms of conflict in organisations. They will review and discuss research on conflict at work in cross-discipline teams, in top management teams, between leaders and followers, between departments, and between organisations. Studies also indicate that the effective management of conflict can promote quality decision-making, stronger relationships, innovation, and organisational commitment. Students will review and discuss research identifying major dynamics and conditions under which conflict can be constructive. The emphasis will be on giving students understanding and skills that they can use to manage conflict productively.

MGT602 Leadership in Organisations Leaders demonstrate their competence by setting worthwhile and challenging goals with followers, by showing confidence in followers, by supporting followers’ efforts to perform well and to improve themselves, by recognising followers when they do a job well, and by behaving in a fair and ethical way. The purpose of this course is to enable students to comprehend current knowledge on what effective leaders do, so that they can perform these important leadership actions. When students can successfully carry out these actions, they can produce favourable results for their groups and organisations, thus becoming effective leaders. The students will study major leadership behaviour patterns and strategies that promote effectiveness in organisations. In addition, students will learn to apply current leadership theories such as talent management, knowledge management, diversity management and crisis management. This course is intended to help students to become more self-aware of their own leadership style, to develop their ability to influence others, and to increase their leadership potential in an ever-changing business environment.

MGT603 Comparative and Cross-cultural Management This course prepares students with an understanding of the challenges of managing in a global world. It not only aims to provide students with understanding of, and insights into, the potential value differences between people from diverse societies, but also seeks to help students understand and appreciate the implications of a range of approaches for managing cross-cultural issues. Through participation in the course, students are expected to improve their understanding of the impact of Chinese thought and values on management practices, both within Chinese culture and in cross-cultural contexts, and thus will be equipped with relevant competence and understanding to handle such cultural issues in their future careers.

MGT604 Strategic Management The course focuses on the creation of value through processes of strategic management. In addition to familiarizing students with new subject matter, students are expected to integrate and apply their prior learning to strategic decision- making in organisations. The course is designed to explore an organisation’s vision and mission; examine principles, techniques and models of organisational and environmental analysis; discuss the theory and practice of strategy formulation and implementation, and highlight the importance of sound corporate governance and business ethics for the development of effective strategic leadership.

MGT605 Managing Quality for People and Organisations The course is designed to introduce students with concepts and practices of quality management and the importance of people in managing business for quality. The course aims to enable students to explore management issues from diverse perspectives and understand the value and role of people within a broader strategic canvas. It also provides students with the basic concepts and practices of quality management and training and development of people and explores the need for managing business with a quality-oriented approach. The course will make use of a lot of current examples from organisations in both Hong Kong and overseas in expounding the importance of people in managing business for quality.

MGT606 Organisational Analysis and Change This course provides students with systematic methods for diagnosing structural, cultural and political problems within the internal organisational environment, and will provide a thorough understanding of the issues involved in designing, implementing and evaluating organisational change. The course also examines the role of strategic and ethical leadership in organisational change, and in moving towards the ideals of the 'learning organisation'.


* The Department of Management reserves the rights to change the details of the courses.