The Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Hong Kong (HKU Business School) offers research postgraduate programmes leading to the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil)* and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Our PhD programme is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the key aspects of business and economics. Students are introduced to basic research tools and are expected to be able to conduct independent research in their fields of study. Through regular interactions with faculty, students also acquire a broader perspective on management and economic issues of the region and beyond.
*Only applicable to students who transfer from PhD to MPhil
Mode and Period of Study
The PhD programme is offered on a full-time basis. Candidates pursuing PhD studies are first required to register provisionally for the degree and are subject to a probationary period.
By the end of the probationary period, the candidates must demonstrate capability on research, submit a detailed scheme of research and complete the required coursework for confirmation of candidature.
The coursework components of our programmes provide students with basic knowledge of their fields and offer tools to prepare them for writing the thesis. All MPhil and PhD students are required to satisfactorily complete the Graduate School courses as well as the Faculty courses prescribed for their respective fields of study/degrees. The completion of coursework typically requires two to three years.
Training for PGS Holder
A Postgraduate Scholarship holder may be required to provide, under supervision, services which carry educational benefits for the holder. The amount of such services shall not exceed 100 hours in any full twelve-month period. The provision of services forms part of the research student’s training covered by the value of the Scholarship, and the nature of the training may for example include:
assistance with research;
assistance with scheduled laboratory, studio and fieldwork classes and with tutorials;
assistance with the preparation of materials for scheduled classes;
assistance with marking practical notebooks and answers from exercise classes; and
assistance with invigilation of University degree examinations.
Thesis and oral examination
Candidates shall complete their studies within the specified period of study. The results of the research must be presented in the form of a thesis, which can be submitted at any time after confirmation of candidature provided that the requirement for the minimum study period is met. The thesis will be examined by both internal and external examiners. In addition, candidates are required to take an oral examination. Other examinations may be prescribed if necessary. A successful PhD thesis should represent the result of the candidate’s research which should be an original contribution to knowledge and worthy of publication.
Research postgraduate students will focus their academic experiences in one of the six distinct fields of study.
Field of Study
Major Research Areas
The role of accounting information in organisations and capital markets; financial reporting; earnings management; company disclosures; valuation; corporate governance; management accounting and performance measurement; industrial organisation of audit markets; international accounting and audit related issues.
China ’s economy; China’s financial markets and institutions; econometrics; economic development; economic history; economic policy; economics of transition; economy of Hong Kong; financial economics; game theory; industrial organisation; international trade and finance; labour economics; macroeconomics; mathematical economics; monetary theory and banking; political economy; price theory; public finance; quantitative history; transportation economics; urban economics.
Corporate finance; corporate governance; asset pricing theories; portfolio analysis; financial institutions; fixed-income securities; derivative securities; exotic options; international finance; risk management; capital market microstructure; Asian financial markets; econometric applications in finance.
Innovation and Information Management
Innovation strategy and management; business model innovation; social enterprise; information technology adoption and implementation; electronic commerce; supply chain management; electronic catalogues; information technology investment and evaluation; information presentation and model visualisation; internet navigation and information retrieval; hypermedia and web design; systems development methodologies; operations management; business analytics.
Management and Strategy
Management and Entrepreneurship:Asian/Chinese business organisation and management practice; organisational development; human resource strategies; organisational behaviour of employees; entrepreneurship; managing a startup business; leading change and growth in Chinese firms; network organisations; cross-cultural management.Strategy and international business:Competitive strategy; international business; economics of organisation and strategy; organisation and strategy in the Chinese economy; market and nonmarket strategies; institutional voids and transformation; competitiveness of the Chinese economy; regional clustering and development; international competitiveness; international competition and strategy; strategy and its execution; multinational enterprises; China business and economics.
Services marketing:Customer service evaluations (preferential treatment and envy, customer delight, crowding, anthrorpomorphised self-service technologies); service failure and recovery (customer complaint behaviours, customer-staff relationship and self-recovery); integrated service strategies. (customer participation and co-creation, service innovation, service-sales ambidexterity, service advice adherence)China marketing and marketing strategy:All aspects of contemporary marketing strategy in the China including; e-marketing, co-creating strategies, innovation strategies, branding strategies, platform strategies, new business models, and cross-cultural marketing.Consumer behaviour:Consumer self-regulation; social exclusion and consumption; anthropomorphism and marketing; money and consumer decision; epi-hedonics (the psychology of constructed utility and pleasure); consumer and social networks; sense of self and beliefs about the self (self-affirmation, self-threats, mortality salience); impact of sense of self on prosocial behaviour; visual information processing, product design and aesthetics; impact of emotion, mortality salience on consumer behaviour.