Learning with University Students Across the Globe Right at Your Home

CUHK Business School Youth Online Courses offer university students and recent university graduates of any academic background in anywhere to meet and learn with university students across the globe.

Key Benefits

  • Certificate of Completion
  • Designed and taught by CUHK faculty and seasoned business practitioners
  • Small class sizes and taught synchronously (real-time) to ensure extensive interaction with instructor and peers around the world
  • Two timeslots of each course are available


Course Overview

All businesses manage risk. We can call this process ‘traditional risk management’ (identifying risk or problems before they happen, such as changing consumer preferences, currency fluctuations, shifts in government policy, and so on). Companies, however, are learning this traditional view of risk is insufficient in a rapidly changing world. For instance, supply chains have become more complex, consumers and investors are calling for more transparency, stakeholders are pressing them on a broad range of social and environmental concerns, etc. All of these changing circumstances pose risk, but a different kind of risk; a process in this course we can call ‘non-traditional risk management’ (such as garment factory collapses in Bangladesh, a growing number of harmful chemicals used to manufacture clothes, or CO2 emissions in factories on the other side of the planet in countries we know little about). Most managers are well equipped to manage traditional risks, but few managers are armed with the knowledge to identify and assess ‘non-traditional risks’, let alone to solve them.

In this course, we will examine business sustainability as a form of non-traditional risk management via an exploration of some key issues confronting the fashion industry. No prior business studies knowledge is required, or indeed an interest in fashion. The only real prerequisite is you own one item of clothing with a “Made in XXX” tag.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Understand the difference between traditional and non-traditional risk management
  2. Be able to identify and make simple assessments of non-traditional risk management
  3. Comprehend the relationship between business sustainability and managing non-traditional risk
  4. Be able to make a responsible (sustainable) business decision after identifying and assessing non-traditional business risk

Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion will be issued by the Asia-Pacific Institute of Business, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to those who attained at least 80% attendance rate and fulfilled online course assignment.


  • Current undergraduate/postgraduate student or recent university graduates
  • Competent in English (the course will be taught in English with interactive discussion throughout the lectures)
  • No pre-requisites


Week Topic
Week 1 Non-traditional risk and sustainable business practices in the fashion industry today
Week 2 The supply chain: managing new forms of risk in a rapidly changing world
Week 3 Case Study: A tale of two brands
Week 4 Can a fashion brand be sustainable/responsible and profitable?



The assignment is a 7-minute ‘video essay’ presentation, which you will work on in pairs.




Duration : 8 hours (alternate Fridays in two months)

Programme Dates: 9 & 23 Oct and 6 & 20 Nov 2020

Venue: CUHK eLearning Platform

Programme Fee:

HK$2,250 (USD 290)



Course Lecturer

Dr. Stephen FROST

Professional Consultant, CUHK Business School






Programme Details

Course Date & Time: 9 & 23 Oct and 6 & 20 Nov 2020
Class A: 09:30 - 11:30 (GMT +8 hours)
Class B: 16:00 - 18:00 (GMT +8 hours)

Application Deadline: 18 September 2020
(Places are limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis)

Medium of Instruction: English

Duration: 8 hours (alternate Fridays in two months)

Venue: CUHK eLearning Platform

Programme Fee: HKD 2250 (USD 290)



CUHK Business School Youth Online Courses

October, 2020

Sustainability In Business: Managing Non-Traditional Risk In The Fashion Industry

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October - December, 2020

Achieving Career Success Series

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October, 2020

How To Conduct Market Identification To Validate Your Product’s Value Proposition

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October, 2020

How To Pitch Your Proposal To Your Investors Or Your Boss

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Summer, 2021

Intercultural Communication

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Contact Us

Miss Teresa Chung

Phone: (852) 3943 4413
Email: apib@cuhk.edu.hk