London Business School

Well-trained managers the SAFE way to manage assets

London Business School

The manager of the world's largest foreign exchange reserves appears to have finally come to a valuable conclusion - if you want to manage your assets well, you must first know how to manage your people.

Monday, 21 October, 2013, 8:19am

HSBC apologises for UnionPay ATM-card fiasco in Hong Kong

HSBC ATMs in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

Ever since HSBC started sending out its new ATM cards with an embedded chip, internet chat rooms and our own organ's letters page have been humming with disgruntled HSBC customer complaints.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:57am 7 comments

Ready for challenges

The Student

Sometimes one's job does not exactly fit one's academic training. Take Amos Yung Hing-wah. In 1998, after finishing his bachelor of social science degree in East Asian studies - which covered sociology, economics and public administration - he found a job with a Hong Kong company that outsources houseware and designer items in the mainland for European customers.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Taking the best and making them better

The bold claim of the London Business School (LBS) is that it chooses the best and makes them better. The fact its full-time and Executive MBA programmes rank among the world's best, according to the Financial Times and BusinessWeek business education surveys, would seem to go some way to backing up this declaration.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Cultural awareness can avert perils and pitfalls

One point I stress when teaching EMBA students about leadership is the need for a clear process for making business decisions. This is particularly important in organisations where people from different backgrounds and cultures work alongside each other, creating the potential for simple misunderstandings or more serious conflict.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Management MBA offers students flavour of Wales

MBA HKMA/University of Wales

In the competitive business world, successful managers need to be well-educated in order to respond to the ever-evolving business environment. The Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) has joined forces with Britain's University of Wales to offer an MBA programme helping managers strive for further career development.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Taking care of business

For most executives, reality bites after a few years in the workplace.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A real need for 'virtual teams'

Employers are all too aware that it is important to control costs and think creatively, but they can be slow off the mark in both respects. Just consider the number of air miles that executives clock up to attend routine meetings around the region. Or notice how brainstorming sessions tend to rely on the same people around the same table as a main source of new ideas.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Crafting an edge

Last year, South Korea's largest financial services firm, Shinhan Financial Group, asked the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Business School to develop a graduate business management programme tailored to its needs. Shinhan required a speciality course for its executives tasked with global expansion.

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Learning, networking together

Aimed at executives with significant business experience, the executive masters of business administration (EMBA) graduate management programmes help leaders to challenge concepts and explore business initiatives they can apply to real life.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A city in the know

Juggling further studies with a career has always been part of life for many. Last year, about 47,000 were enrolled in postgraduate studies offered by government-funded institutions. Options abound for aspiring professionals to sharpen their edge in their field of work.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Learning tools of the trade

One important skill for every aspiring leader is the ability to make things happen. Hence, the HKUST MBA programme encourages students to get involved in a wide range of course-related activities that provide hands-on experience in everything from planning and organisation to public speaking and problem solving.

10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Academic tale of three cities

The idea of getting a finance job was a vague thought when Ivan Shyr moved from New York to Shanghai in 2005. There he was hired as operations manager of a Chinese company manufacturing semi-conductors. But doing the University of Hong Kong's (HKU) Executive MBA Global Asia course changed his mind. It opened doors for him, even prompting him to change professions.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Lessons never stop for those in the lead

Bruce Huang Gang was easily his teachers' favourite student. He did his homework, sat in the front row and paid attention to every word they said. Meanwhile, some of his classmates were staring out of the window, playing with their smartphones or whispering to their buddies.

23 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

MBAs develop critical thinking

As the axis of the global economy shifts and the business environment responds to the changes, executives need - and are prepared to pay for - high-powered courses that can give them insights, contacts and a competitive edge.

18 Jul 2011 - 12:00am