intermediate seminar

Numbering Code U-ECON00 20020 SJ43 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year 2nd year students Target Student
Language Japanese and English Day/Period Mon.4
Instructor name COLPAN,Meziyet Asli (Graduate School of Management Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The aim of this seminar is to help students develop an understanding of strategic management. To this end, we will be conducting a systematic and concrete examination of this field, from its theoretical foundations to its actual application. Our primary focus will be on considering business and corporate strategy as well as corporate governance.
Course Goals This seminar aims to foster future talent who possess a global mindset. In order to help nurture an international perspective, our study of strategic management will cover not only Japanese businesses, but also international businesses.
Schedule and Contents In this class, we will be systematically examining the theories and analytical tools used in strategic management, from the five-forces framework of Michael Porter, to the resource-based framework. We shall also be considering the state of affairs with respect to corporate governance, discussing current problems while comparing Japanese and international firms. Generally speaking, by acquiring a theoretical foundation for considering society as an economic structure, we shall be able to investigate the actual challenges confronting present-day Japanese and foreign firms. With respect to this broader subject, I will be deciding on the concrete contents of the seminar after consulting with the attending students. It is therefore essential that participants have an keen interest in business administration. Within the context of this general orientation, seminar students will be able to freely choose topics of investigation, and conduct research in groups or individually. Presentations will then be given during seminar hours. Furthermore, in order to fill the gap between business scenarios as studied at university, and real-life business operations, we shall be deepening our understanding by reading actual business cases that are being studied at the Harvard Business School, and also proactively conducting company visits when possible.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Overall grade will be based on consistent attendance, active participation in discussions, and the form and contents of assigned presentations.
Course Requirements There are no particular prerequisites in terms of the previous completion of certain units with respect to the contents. However, a certain level of English proficiency would be necessary. Furthermore, students should generally have a keen interest in business administration, and a proactive attitude toward contributing to the seminar proceedings.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Completion of designated reading material before class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References There are no other specific textbooks used. As needed, we will be distributing photocopies of sections of texts, resources, etc.
References, etc. Introduced during class