Programme Structure

The DBA programme includes coursework, residential workshops, and a thesis. Students must successfully complete 32 credit units of both compulsory and elective courses. The final phase of the programme is the completion of a doctoral thesis. The thesis carries 18 credit units and must be based on an original investigation in business adminsitration. An oral defense of the thesis is required of each DBA candidate. The normal study period of the programme is three years.

Core Courses

This course is designed to provide students with a broad perspective on the practice of managerial leadership and organizational life in the global arena. It enables students to further enhance the leadership skill in their business operation, Chinese family business models and conventional wisdom of Chinese culture and business. Besides, the course presents frameworks for explaining human behavior in the workplace. Through these frameworks, students will be intellectually equipped with tools to manage employees, work teams, and organizations effectively. Topics include basic attributes of individuals, theories of motivation, job design and work arrangements, group development and processes, organizational structure and design, organizational culture and organizational change.

Technology in business is a growing necessity. As the years go by, the business world is leaning more and more toward it, making it almost impossible to separate the two from each other. Innovation breeds business, and since technology paves the way for it, it can be gathered here that business needs technology to be sustained. This course offers multiple independent sessions discussing how advanced technology is now applying in doing research, innovation and entrepreneurship, and influencing business administration and management in the modern world. Many state-of-art technology will be discussed.

Research competencies and skills are essential for the effective conduct and understanding of research and ultimately for evidence-based decision-making, whether in business, government or civil society. The development of research competencies is particularly relevant for junior academics whose career is increasingly dependent on their research output. When embarking on a DBA program, students also need to have a solid understanding of what constitutes good research, how to design and execute empirical studies and how to present and discuss research results in a convincing and effective manner.

This course is the warm-up course for students to understand more about research writing and ethics before they choose their research topic and supervisor. Professors (also potential supervisors), and outstanding visiting scholars who know qualitative method (interview, case method), experimental method (ANOVA, MONOVA), and quantitative method (modelling, regression, SEM, multi-level modulation and algorithm, etc.) from different areas will teach in different sessions. Some guest speakers from industry will also share their viewpoints and insights about business operation and management. This is also a very critical and fundamental part of DBA learning and upcoming thesis writing.

Residential Workshop I would be held outside Macau. It consists of lectures from professors in leading universities, site visits to renowned companies, social events, and intensive discussion among students on one selected topic for the workshop.

Residential Workshop II would be held outside Macau. It consists of lectures from professors in leading universities, site visits to renowned companies, social events, and intensive discussion among students on one selected topic for the workshop.

The course is the most significant learning experience of the programme. Students have the opportunity to apply theories learned in the taught courses and to conduct an independent research project examining an important issue. The systematic investigation process will confirm for the participants their ability to conduct independent research, demonstrate their expertise in a chosen area of interest and make an intellectual contribution to the practice of management.

Elective Courses

This subject exposes students to contemporary issues in financial reporting and corporate disclosures, with particular emphasis on cross-country comparisons of regulatory frameworks, the role of information intermediation, external monitoring by investors, and disclosure regulations. The primary objectives of the subject are to provide students with an indepth understanding of voluntary and mandatory financial reporting and corporate disclosures; and the link between disclosures and the capital markets, as well as with the institutional and legal environments of the economy.

Macao is currently positioned itself as the World Centre of Tourism and Leisure as it develops into a quality international tourist destination. Macao takes leading position about tourism and leisure activities in Greater China area. International Integrated Resort Management (IIRM) is one of signature programmes in UM. The objective of this course is to acquaint students with advanced service strategy in IIRM. Topics to be covered include the world history and the recent progress of the hospitality industry, principles of restaurant operations and food services, hotel and lodging operations, transportation, etc.

The purpose of this course is to provide a solid theoretical foundation that can enable CEOs and senior managers charged with the design and implementation of strategic initiatives to develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. It contains a detailed treatment of fundamental theoretical perspectives of strategy, including industrial organization economics, resource-based view, dynamic capability and knowledge management.

This is an executive course in marketing to train students in consolidating all learnt principles and putting them into making marketing decisions relevant to the long-run performance of organizations. It will introduce students to strategic thinking and also other updated and pertinent issues in marketing strategy. Lots of cases under various scenarios will be discussed. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to recognize the key influencers of success of various marketing decisions and thereby improve their ability in making complicated marketing decisions.

This course guides students through fundamental project management concepts and behavioral skills needed to success-fully launch, lead, and realize benefits from projects in profit and nonprofit organizations. Successful project managers skillfully manage their resources, schedules, risks, and scope to produce a desired outcome. In this course, students explore project management with a practical, hands-on approach through case studies and class exercises.

This course is designed for DBA participants who want to learn or to refresh their understanding of basic to more advanced statistical applications that are commonly used in management research (both academic and industrial). This course will be much more practical and “hands on” than theoretical. In that sense, it is much more about data analysis than statistics, per se. Emphasis will be on such matters as inputting data, transforming and manipulating data, formulating strategies for data analysis, strategies for analyzing a database, performing statistical techniques using common software packages, interpreting results and formulating the next steps.