Core Courses

Core courses are intensive and the focus of the first half of the TIEMBA programme. Twelve courses constitute the core course curriculum.

Corporate Finance

This course is to acquire an overall understanding of corporate financial management and explores the two most important types of financial decisions business leaders need to make: Investment decisions (asset decisions) and financing decisions (liability decisions).

Data, Models and Decisions

Helps managers deal with uncertainty in the context of decision-making over complex and critical problems while relying on incomplete information. Participants will improve their knowledge and skills in business decision-making under uncertainty through analysis and data analysis methodologies.

Financial Accounting

Participants are equipped with the knowledge required to be able to confidently read financial statements in order to assess a company’s short-term liquidity, long-term solvency, and competitive performance.

International Economics

This course is intended to enhance an ability to anticipate and to deal with an increasingly globalised economic environment, specifically focusing on international trade and investment to provide a set of basic tools for analyzing relevant issues.


This course introduces students to the latest developments in portfolio theory, asset pricing, return predictability, fund management and trading strategies. Topics covered include risk and return, portfolio theory, optimal portfolio selection, mutual funds and hedge funds, behavior finance and investment strategies.

Leading People and Organisations

Explores beyond the technical aspect of leadership into the social standing of a truly effective manager — those who, through the positive energy and coordinated action of their subordinates and others, achieve remarkable outcomes.

Macroeconomics and the Chinese Economy

Provides a framework to understand China’s economy with a focus on its macroeconomic performance and microeconomic foundation, and challenges by using the analytical methodology of modern economics and apply it to the Chinese context.


Managerial Accounting

Explores the use of accounting information for internal planning, decision-making, and performance evaluation. It equips participants with the knowledge to understand, evaluate, and act upon the many financial and non-financial reports used to manage modern firms.


This course analyses the economics of managerial decision making. The focus is on the economic fundamentals of businesses and industries: production and costs; demand for the product; production and pricing strategies; market equilibrium; competition between industry participants; and strategic decision making. The managerial decisions that addressed include price discrimination, capacity management, entry and exit decisions, and using strategic commitment.

Strategic Marketing

Helps participants to develop and oversee a marketing process and strategy of a firm.

Strategic Talent Management

Enables participants to take a fresh look at “managing people” and reach a new level of awareness on key concepts and principles in leveraging “people” as the most important competitive differentiator.

Strategy Management

In this course, participants develop the ability to analyse the organisational and external factors essential for crafting and executing a firm’s strategy for sustained success.

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