If you aspire to start your own business or bring a family business to Japan or markets around the world, the courses within this concentration module will be essential to get you on your way.
Digital Business Strategies
The combination of computers and communication, now commonly known as ICT or information and communication technologies made a rapid advance into business with the inventions related to Internet, smart phones, and business intelligence, dawning what is known as online business or digital business.
This course is an introduction to Digital Business. Starting from basics of information technology (IT) and communication, including Internet technologies, this course brings the students to understand businesses that had been created with the key components that were just mentioned. The course lays the foundation for students to "think digital" and "think strategically" on how to make businesses using "digital"
Web & Mobile Technology
This course provides you with the fundamental knowledge about web and mobile technologies. Technology is integrated in all parts of our lives, with the web and mobile giving us increased interconnectivity with others. These tools are integral and skills that allow us to understand and to use these tools become increasingly important in the current digital economy. This course will aim to give students a first look into the coding behind web and mobile technologies and how these codes are constructed. Different functionalities are explored and students should be able to create a basic web page and mobile app at the end of the course.
Institutions and Business Transformation
Globalization has brought radical changes in the industrial structure, business activities, the production system, and people's ideological orientation. These changes are so complex and intense that new adaptation in business activities requires not only to respond to external environments, but also to accommodate local movements in each country. Constant struggles are taking place to find better ways of coping with such changes, especially by developing governance structures which harmonize diverse actors in both global and national contexts. This course attempts to understand such changes, capturing the essence of global institutional transformation and its impact on business activities. The first half of the course focuses on learning diverse institutional perspectives, helpful to understand global institutional transformation. In the second half, as a way of getting involved in such transformation, students collectively develop projects in newly developing business fields, such as ventures firms, the base of the pyramid (BOP) and corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Entrepreneurial Strategy Practicum
This course is for those who had taken the Entrepreneurial Strategies course and intending to go the next step to develop the business model to a more or less real one. The course helps to refine the idea, find the market place, explore how to fundraising to launch the business. This course explains how you can run hypothesis testing to validate ideas and refine business strategy. You will learn how the entrepreneurs network with investors and how they make financial decisions to grow the business.
This course is designed for those interested in starting up a business and anticipating a career in organizations and government offices supporting start ups, or in business innovation and development departments. The course covers an array of various topics, including; (1) Ideation, (2) Analysis, (3) Presenting Business Model, (4) Proof of concept, (5) Entrepreneurship Finance.
Mathematics for Business and Economics I
This course is designed for Business and Economics students. Topics include the review of linear and non-linear functions and models (including cost, revenue, profit, demand and supply), solving linear and non-linear systems of equations, matrices, mathematics of finance (including simple and compound interest), as well as optimization of constraint and unconstrained functions.
Principles of Management
Effective organizational management is essential in order to establish, operate and lead business activities. But what is 'management', and how can we 'manage' organizations? This course is designed as an introduction to the principles and processes of management, including definitions and functions of management, management theories, planning, organizing, leading and controlling organizations. People and team management, and strategic management are also major components of this course. In this course, students are expected to acquire useful business skills, and actively participate in the class discussions.
The objective of this course is to provide students with fundamental concepts and frameworks of business management. Students are also expected to gain various study/management skills such as good analytical skills and effective communication skills.
Social Businesses in Japan
Social businesses are businesses that provide products and services with social, ethical, and/or environmental objectives. This course will examine the theory and practice of social businesses using Japanese businesses as case studies. Japanese consumers' responses to social businesses and their products/services will also be explored. Prior knowledge of the subject is not required.
Social Media and Business
This course provides frameworks to understand the new digital marketing landscape & mechanisms on how firms can effectively implement their digital marketing strategies. The course introduces digital marketing, social media & business & explores how social media has disrupted traditional marketing strategies. The course introduces how companies currently allocate resources to different tools such as social media, paid search, & display advertising. The course goes in depth into social media, its different forms, how content goes viral & how businesses can use social media for marketing. We explore how user generated content is linked to social media & what encourages users to create user generated content & several tools that quantify return on investments (ROI) on social media platforms.
Start-up Funding and VC Strategies
This course reviews common funding options available to raising capital for business like crowdfunding, angel investments, incubators & accelerators, & venture capital. The course provides an overview of the industry as well as components required per funding option, & provides insights on indicators investors look for in startups.
This course aims to provide fundamental skills & tools needed to understand, evaluate, & conduct effective pitches in order to receive financing for your business. Part of this course will be on practical skills, focusing on how an entrepreneur should go about soliciting funds, as well as different methods of pitching to potential investors, writing comprehensive business plans, & developing techniques & documentation to help secure funding for a new venture.
Students will be able to:
・Produce a competent start up plan
・Distinguish between the different funding options available and the advantages and disadvantages of each option
・Identify the elements of a good pitch and replicate them
・Design a plan to obtain funding from each funding option
・Generate the required deliverables for each funding option
・Create a pitch to appeal to potential investors
This course is a first course in applied statistics. It will familiarize you with the basics of statistical thinking, language, and techniques, thus providing you with the needed skills to address questions that have real life consequences and effects. By the end of the course, you will able to organize and summarize empirical data. This course will also teach you how to compute probabilities, making you skillful in the uses of theoretical probability distributions.
This course covers applied Statistics in Business and Economics highlighting the following topics: Simple Regression, Multiple Regression, and Time Series Analysis. The objective of this course is to prep students to deal with real data and real business applications through examples, case studies, and problems.
Fundamentals of Mathematics
This course begins with the development of elementary functions, including their propeties and applications. Then, we will cover finite mathematics, which includes mathematics of finance, linear algebra (matrices, linear systems, and linear programming), probability (starting with foundation for probability with a treatment of logic, sets, and countng techniques), application of linear algebra and probability.