International Adaptability

International Adaptability Area Index

International Adaptability Area

Global Knowledge 1: Practical Aspects of Business Law 1

This course aims to provide specific knowledge and understanding of the practical implications of law on business transactions in general and on a company in particular. From the perspective of a company engaged in international business transactions, the role and consequences of law for a company’s organization, business model, strategies and day-to-day operation will be explained and illustrated in practical examples and case studies. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of where, why and how law affects a business and learn how to deal with the legal aspects of various standard business situations.

Global Management 1: International Relations and Economics

Today's manager must not only master the traditional parameters of management -- marketing, finance, production, and organizational leadership -- but also needs to understand the political and economic frameworks within which businesses operate. The intent of this class is to ensure that students have the necessary tools to perceive the impact that macroeconomic issues and international relations have on business decisions. Accordingly, the class will begin by instruction on the common language of balance of payments accounting, international relations theory and the ideologies of political economy. Once the common language is in place, the class will use the language to discuss readings, current events, and specific business problems.

Global Management 2: Transcultural Management

This course is designed to provide students with a general overview of transcultural management. Transcultural management focuses on how people and organizations transcend cultural differences. Today companies operating in the global market have to deal with diverse customs, nationalities, gender, age, ways of thinking and behavioral patterns of their employees and customers. Geert Hofstede called thinking and behavioral patterns of individuals "mental program" or "software of the mind" and defines this as "culture" in the broad sense of the term. Along this line, a multitude of attributes mentioned above can be considered as "cultures". Guest speakers will also be invited to share their experience of working in the global business environments.

Global Management 4: ODA Project Management

This course provides students with actual ODA cases in many countries rather than theoretical principles. Through lectures by active practitioners (guest speakers), students will understand actual ODA projects and identify their challenges in developing countries. This course is a prerequisite for the Nippon Koei Overseas Internship.

Global Skills 1: Coaching to Grow People

This course introduces students to the increasingly popular concept of "coaching" in the business environment. Specifically, the course explores the role of leadership in facilitating the team to effective performance. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: (a) understand and explain the concept of "coaching" in the business environment; (b) identify his/her leadership style; and, (c) identify and utilize simple coaching strategies.

Cross Cultural Management I: Managing Across Borders

Businesses today operate today in the era of globalization. This observation is both trite -- everyone knows it -- and bewildering. For how can an executive anticipate and cope with the challenges of a world where upheavals in far away markets disrupt the best-laid business plans? This course will not provide sure-fire answers. Rather, it is designed to give students ways of thinking about and anticipating the challenges likely to arise in any business that must deal across boundaries -boundaries of nationality, of course, but also boundaries of organization and culture. The course will take the general managers' "strategic" perspective in addressing the types of problems globalization poses to businesses: managing across cultures, local execution of global strategy, coping with different regulatory environments. It is intended to integrate concepts that students will already have encountered in other classes with both a theoretical overview of what scholars today mean by "global management" and in-depth analysis/discussion of specific business situations.

Cross Cultural Management 2: The Challenge of Globalization

This course focuses on selected international business issues at the macro and micro levels. Topics covered include economic systems and development, international trade, foreign direct investment, regional economic integration, and cross-cultural communication.

Overseas Study Seminar 1-4

Overseas Study Seminar I is a custom-designed independent study to provide students who visit partner business schools abroad information and knowledge that are related to their research or business interests by attending multiple seminars at partner schools based on consultation by MBA-IB professors. Students who learn at partner schools will study international management and business practices compared to those of Japan by having interactive discussions, reading articles with students at partner schools and giving reports at seminars.

Case Study Seminar 1

The main aim of this seminar is to learn and practice the case study method in-depth. This seminar is limited to a maximum of 4 four-student teams (16 students total), and priority is given to M2 students on a first-come first-serve basis.

Business Project Writing

The course focuses on the business research needs of students working in a variety of topics. More broadly, the course considers some writing tasks to help students develop rhetorical skills for responding effectively and appropriately to writing demands of a Master’s project. Accordingly, particular emphasis will be placed on (1) ensuring that ideas are clearly sequenced throughout the report, (2) demonstrating the ability to integrate own ideas with ideas from existing literature, and (3) developing a reader-friendly and elegant prose style.

Business in Emerging Countries

This course introduces students to the many specificities of emerging/developing countries with a focus on economic, institutional, infrastructure and business factors that influence business success or failure. The rationale for this course is that in stark contrast to the “advanced” world, several key emerging/developing economies are experiencing exceptional economic growth. While there is much for businesses to be excited about, risks and challenges associated with emerging/developing markets should not be downplayed. Organized around lectures and interactive discussions, the objective of the course is thus to help students develop a strategic framework in their firms' quest for business opportunities in emerging/developing markets.

Business Negotiation

In this course we will explore the complex understandings and skills needed to negotiate effectively in international business context. For most people, negotiation situations are uncomfortable. Partly this is because we often frame negotiations as dramatic, zero-sum, win or lose battles, and partly this is because uncertainty is usually high before and during negotiations. But there are ways to prepare for international negotiation and there are communication skills we can develop to make the experience more comfortable and the outcome more successful. In this course we will work hard through observation, analysis and practice to become more effective international negotiators.

ODA Seminar 1

This course focuses on the advanced application of basic concepts of ODA. The members should have participated in the ODA Project Management class and ODA Fieldwork. This seminar requires each member to read the basic ODA related book which is assigned and evaluate (or criticize) the specific actual ODA projects reflecting the basic book’s concepts. In the final session, each member is required to make a presentation of her project evaluation.

Management Communication

This practice-oriented course is designed to help students learn how to research, outline, prepare presentation scripts and deliver formal presentations in a business context. The course is also expected to help students sharpen their skills in critical listening in addition to their competence in handling audience questions and comments.

Business Studies 2 (Seminar)

This course is for the Field Work pre-departure. Students will be researching and analyzing specific assigned topics in preparation for the company visits.

Business Studies 3 (Field Work)

This course provides students the opportunity to visit companies operating in a different range of industries as well as institutions involved in innovation in a foreign country. Students will be able to observe international business concepts in practice from the viewpoint of the foreign companies.

Applied International Political Economy

This course aims to introduce students to some of the approaches to the study of international political economy (IPE) and how to apply theories to important contemporary events. In particular, we will pay attention to economic diplomacy, development finance, trade and foreign direct investment of emerging economies as well as the relations of globalization and environmental issues.

Business Communication Skills 2

The goal of this class is to help students feel comfortable with English written communication in a business setting. Students will be able to generate written documents with suitable vocabulary, tone and phrases. Furthermore, the English in this course will be for international business, so students urged to write with a global mindset, instead of merely translating their thoughts from their native language.

Overseas Conference Seminar 2

The main aim of this course is to gain experience in participating in an international academic conference. Students will have the opportunity to submit and present their paper at the conference.