Knowledge Week 2016 (March 26 to 29, 2016)
Knowledge Week is a required course offered before the start of Term 3 (at the end of March). This one-week program gives students an opportunity to take a step back from the regular coursework, reflect upon their learning so far in the program, and begin to integrate that learning into realising their goals for the future.
In the short run, Knowledge Week prepares students for the writing of their Knowledge Reports, a required assignment for graduation (due in July of the graduating year). For the longer term, Knowledge Week helps students clarify and develop their mission, vision, and values - an important dimension of the ICS MBA program. Through interactive workshops and dialogue sessions with faculty members, students discuss wide and deep topics including purpose in work and life, life cycle, and key societal concerns such as poverty and aging. Students then explore the interaction of these with their personal approaches to leadership and management in business.
The "Distinguished Alumni Panel" session launched the week, bringing five ICS alumni to Japan to share their reflections about their own ICS experiences, post-MBA careers, "Mission/Vision/Values", "success", and "happiness." The panel was followed by small-group discussions with current ICS students.
During the subsequent 3 days, special sessions featuring ICS faculty and guest speakers spotlighted "Living Mission/Vision/Values", "Unemployment and Poverty", "The Value of the Family", "The Aging Society", and "Happiness Science." Small group discussions followed each of these plenary sessions.
In a high-spirited and jovial close to Knowledge Week, students, faculty, and staff showcased their talents by singing, dancing, and performing skits in the annual ICS Cabaret.