HONGKONG University of Science and Technology (HKUST) will team up with the University of California to stage two seminars on information technology next month. HKUST and the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, Los Angeles, will hold the seminars at the Hotel Shangri-la in Tsim Sha Tsui East. The first seminar, titled ''Managing Information Technology: Coping with Runaway Change in IT'', is designed for IT professionals and executives. The second seminar, called ''Cashing in on the Information Technology Revolution'', is specially prepared for non-IT-specialist decision-makers. On successful completion, participants will receive an UCLA certificate. The IT-specialist seminar unravels complex and timely managerial issues in the integration of IT and the business environment. It blends these organisational issues with guidelines on the ''techno-challenge'' which all IT professionals face. The topics include: IT-centred management style and understanding where and how IT pays off; developing strategies for taking full advantage of IT; and the promise and reality of business re-engineering, including a special Hongkong view. Also on the agenda are: creative problem solving for IT and other aspects of business life; emerging technologies and their relevance and failures; and what technology embraces in what situation and why. The seminar will also put a regional perspective on all these issues. The seminar for non-IT-specialists is geared towards making the ''techno-opportunity'' accessible to managers from non-IT functional areas by providing discussion and practical guidelines on managing IT as a personal and organisational asset. Topics for this seminar include instructions for making the emerging technologies attainable; guidelines on the executive's role in getting payoffs from IT investments; new measures of business performance and re-designing the business to integrate thesemeasures; and the creative process that takes an executive's personal and professional workplace from chaos to order. The seminars offer a combination of international faculty expertise, providing an international perspective on IT management. The faculty includes two professors from Los Angeles, Dr Martin Lockett from Nolan Norton Company London, and former ITSD director Dr Colin Greenfield, from Hongkong. The seminars also have regional relevance. All instructors have substantial teaching/consulting exposure in the Southeast Asian region. The team of instructors blends academic with industrial experience, to offer practical and accessible guidelines for solving IT problems. The seminars are designed to provide opportunities for interaction between participants. Fees for the IT-specialist seminar, which will be held from May 27 until May 29, are $10,500. The non-IT-specialist seminar will be held from May 28 until May 29 and the fees are HK$7,500. For brochures and registration information, call Stella Ng on 358 7535. For questions about the contents of the programme, call Dr Swati Desai (358 7634). Dr Swati Desai is the lecturer of the BIS Department to the Hongkong University of Science and Technology. The article reflects the opinions of the author, not necessarily of the Hongkong Computer Society.