Overview

The curriculum takes a strategic management perspective, exploring how to effectively integrate sustainability goals into overall business strategies and examining major sustainability initiatives underway globally and in Asia. Through hands-on experiential learning and feedback from industry experts, you will gain a practical understanding of real-life business challenges and experience in identifying and implementing solutions.


Programme schedule

  • Full-time programme (1 year)

    This is tailored for recent graduates and early-career professionals with a career plan for sustainability/ESG management.

    1st TRIMESTER | September-December
    2 core courses
    2 elective courses

    2nd TRIMESTER | December-March
    1 core course
    3-4 elective courses

    3rd TRIMESTER | March-June
    1-2 elective courses

  • Part-time programme (2 years)

    This is for executives with work experience and middle-career professionals currently working on or responsible for managing ESG-related businesses, aspiring to take the lead in the evolving landscape of business sustainability.

    FIRST YEAR

    1st TRIMESTER | September-December
    2 core courses

    2nd TRIMESTER | December-March
    1 core course
    1 elective course

    3rd TRIMESTER | March-June
    1-2 elective courses

    SECOND YEAR
    1st TRIMESTER | September-December
    2 elective courses

    2nd TRIMESTER | December-March
    2 elective courses

    3rd TRIMESTER | March-June
    1-2 elective courses


Course list

To complete the full-time or part-time programme, you are required to complete three core courses and seven elective courses worth 3 credits each. The elective courses to be offered are subject to change on a need basis.

Core courses

  • Strategic Management in Sustainability

    As an industry leader, holistic analysis and evaluation are vital. Business leaders integrate the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy and long-term sustainable development goals into its business strategies and management practices. This course covers advanced and latest management strategies (including Transaction, Turnaround, and Restructuring Strategy), techniques, models and frameworks used in resolving business sustainability and execution issues.
  • ESG Research and Global Strategic Analysis

    It is important to analyse how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) data are used in management decision-making. This course will introduce qualitative and quantitative methods to measure progress and attribute impact pertaining to sustainable business development. Technology platforms that collect and relay data, rating engines, and measurement tools will also be covered. Students will comprehend the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of different methodological approaches and demonstrate sound global strategic analysis and judgement in selecting and applying the optimal approach to the given context.
  • Climate Change and Corporate Environmental Management

    There is a growing demand for collaboration among public, private, and non-governmental organisations to tackle social and environmental wicked problems such as climate change. This course will include topics such as carbon trading, transition risk, Neutrality, and multiple oft-conflicting interests between enterprises and their stakeholders. Students will learn to critically analyse business models and value chains and the implications of models for getting to net-zero, sustainable development, and be able to adopt incentive and disincentive structures as a medium for changing the behaviour of the enterprise.

Elective courses

  • ESG and Accounting

    This course helps students to understand and analyse ESG issues from the perspective of corporations and the capital markets. Course topics include reasons for the popularity of ESG issues in the business world; core elements of ESG and how they are measured; current reporting requirements and reporting practices; the impact of ESG on firm value; and ESG investing strategies. The course emphasizes critical thinking and uses a combination of lectures and cases.
  • Supply Chain Sustainability Management

    Sustainability has become a strategic priority for global supply chains. This course introduces supply chain management topics including the concepts, insights, practices, and decision-making for the effective sustainable management of supply chains from product design and material sourcing to production and distribution. We will examine how to integrate environmentally, socially, and financially viable practices into supply chain operations and management.
  • Sustainable Finance

    The course aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of climate change risks and opportunities and their impact on capital markets. Topics will cover circular economy, core climate-economic theory and the role of central banks and supervisory authorities, climate change and equity investment opportunities, climate change risk management. An in-depth understanding of the impact of climate risks on asset allocation and the practical skills of portfolio alignment to a low-carbon economy will also be included.
  • Biotechnology for Environment and Business Sustainability

    The greatest threats to humans in the 21st century are global environmental problems such as chemical pollution, global warming, depletion of natural resources, waste disposal, and deforestation. Environmental Biotechnology utilizing the biochemical potential of microorganisms and plants for the preservation and restoration of the environment can promote sustainable and efficient use of natural resources that can mitigate environmental issues and improve human living. The course aims to introduce the principles and applications of environmental biotechnology for a sustainable future. Group projects are carried out to evaluate the performance of the companies related to environmental biotechnology, such that students will be inspired by how the environmental biotechnology companies are running and the significance of their business in contributing to society.
  • Sustainable Human-Environment Systems in a Business World

    Coupled human-environment systems frequently display thresholds, discontinuities, and multiple-equilibria. The difficulties that these complex behaviors pose for prediction, adaptation, monitoring and management are profound, and have received extensive attention under the rubrics of “resilience,” “vulnerability,” and “tipping points.” The course covers how institutions and culture shape human interactions with one another and the environment. Students will learn institutional challenges for sustainable development posed by the need to create or protect public goods (e.g. environmental services, “green” technologies) in the face of multiple externalities and opportunities for free-riding.
  • Psychology of Sustainable Development in Organisations

    The psychology of sustainability and sustainable development is seen as a primary prevention perspective that can foster well-being in organisations at all the different levels going from the employee to the group, to the organisation, and also to inter-organisational processes. This course covers topics such as diversity and inclusion, meta-centric reflexivity approach to sustainability, motivational vs meaning paradigm, psychologically sustainable human behaviors. Students will engage critically with issues through the lens of highly fluid organisations in a culturally diverse world.
  • Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance

    This course focuses on areas aiming at sustainability by aligning interests between the firm and its stakeholders. It aims to develop students a managerial mindset for promoting healthy and inclusive workplace cultures, aligning community impact goals with business practices, and soliciting stakeholder feedback and engagement to maximum stakeholder value. The course will cover fundamental, emerging, and context-specific organisations and institutions, internal and external corporate governance mechanisms, strategic corporate social responsibility, sustainable value creation, and public/private/NGO partnership.
  • Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Impact Venture Capital

    While sustainability goals are recognised, what is crucial for business leaders is to create business opportunities and value for their stakeholders while tackling these challenges. This course explains how to become a business leader who cultivates purpose and inspires change, measures social impact, and invests in ventures and innovative projects effectively and meaningfully. After having completed this course, students will gain a deep understanding of pursuing entrepreneurship with purpose and be able to build successful strategies that bring impactful change to the world.
  • Contemporary Topics in Business Sustainability

    This course focuses on the timely themes and special issues in the field of management in relation to global business and sustainability. It includes, but is not limited to, emerging trends in human capitals and customers experience, strategic management in artificial intelligence (AI)-powered environments, creating shared values, and natural resources management.
  • Sustainability Field Trip

    The course is designed to expose students to a wide spectrum of local and global sustainability related issues in a business environment. Students will take a week-long residential programme in various countries or regions. Course learning activities include lectures at universities, case projects, seminars and discussions with local professionals and/or government officials, and site visits to enterprises. Before field study, students are given preparatory reading assignments. After field study, students are required to complete written reports and oral presentation.
  • Independent Study in Sustainability

    Independent study gives students added flexibility to design study programmes suited to a particular area of interest or to delve more deeply into a specific topic. Students need to find a faculty member willing to serve as their supervisor, and together, devise a format. There are a wide range of possibilities under independent study. The more common alternatives are: (a) Selection of a topic not normally covered in our curriculum in which the student has an interest. Normally the student would prepare a literature review on the selected topic. It would then be common for the student to perform some application or extension of this body of knowledge by extending or substantiating that knowledge by some data collection. (b) Preparation of a case and accompanying teacher's note. The case must be based on real organisations and substantial data collection would be expected. The student would be expected to demonstrate application of theory in preparation of the teacher's note.
  • Project in Sustainability

    Students are required to complete a real-world sustainability project(s) or activity(ies), in collaboration with a company or an organisation. They will form a project team, under the joint supervision of a teacher and an executive of the sponsoring company. Students are required to do a presentation and submit a written report for their project.
  • Corporate Sustainability and Brand Communications

    This course aims to provide a broad range of tools, concepts and frameworks (e.g., Triple Bottom Line, Natural Capitalism, Cradle-to-cradle design, and Natural Step) for understanding how business can interact with issues related to sustainability, taking marketing and communications perspectives. It is essential to not only account for the role of firms and customers, but of government, non-profit organisations, employees, and other stakeholders.
  • Environmental Policy Analysis

    This course introduces students to the fundamental concept of the environmental policy cycle in the context of the institutional setup, political ecology and advocacy of various stakeholders. The key considerations in environmental policy-making will be examined and appropriateness of different policy instruments in different context will be discussed. Students will be asked to discuss examples of current policies or policy instruments, in Hong Kong, China and the world.

Other elective courses

You may take up to 3-credits-worth of courses offered by the Master of Science (MSc) and Master of Social Science (MSSc) programmes of the Graduate Division of Geography and Resource Management or Master of Accountancy (MAcc), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and other MSc programmes of the Faculty of Business Administration, subject to approval by the Programme Directors concerned.

*Please note that course offerings are subject to change. Students may attend the lectures on weekday evenings or at daytime during the weekends.

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