Signature courses

Hitotsubashi ICS teaches at the frontiers of business education. And through an integrated set of signature courses, we develop each individual student with a degree of personalization unmatched anywhere. Set in among the core MBA courses, these signature courses challenge our students to test their business skills in hand-on learning, to explore alternative business models and frameworks, to understand the integrative purpose of business in society, and to develop their own personal leadership philosophy.

01
Get ready:
Foundation Week
Foundation Week is usually when new students first meet. After a two-day team-building program just outside Tokyo, orientation sessions back in the ICS classroom cover lots of useful topics: academic affairs, student life, career development, readiness for learning and leading, living in Tokyo (one of the world’s most liveable big cities!), staying healthy, IT-fit, and emergency-ready, and preparing for your future job search.
02
Get leading:
The Wise Leadership Capstone
Arching over the first year of study, the Wise Leadership Capstone develops your understanding and practice of leadership, in line with Hitotsubashi ICS’ intellectual tradition in knowledge creation. Each of five modules add dimensions and depth to your own personal approach to leadership, through self-reflective, consultative, small-group, full classroom, and experiential learning.
03
Get innovating:
Knowledge Management
From the theory of knowledge creation, you’ll learn how the process of making tacit knowledge explicit can be applied to drive innovation. As the 21st century further advances the knowledge society, knowledge creation is ever more critical to the success and sustainability of firms, NPO/NGOs, and governments. We offer a focal point for research and dissemination in knowledge creation, pioneered by Ikujiro Nonaka, Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University and scholar in residence at Hitotsubashi ICS.
04
Get networked:
Global Network Project

“GNP” is a unique, six-month, project-based course offered by a partnership of two Global Network partner schools – Hitotsubashi ICS in Japan and the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business in Canada (UBC Sauder). In small teams, students develop innovative business solutions, putting a wide range of business skills to work for participating corporate clients. More about GNP

05
Get strategic:
Strategy Simulation Week
In this fast-paced exercise, student teams role-play as a top management team running a company in StratSim, a web-based, interactive simulation program that extends across multiple business functions, ranging from strategy, to marketing, to operations and human resources, to accounting and finance. You’ll compete in the rapidly changing automobile industry, where customer needs evolve, new products are introduced, and the economic environment changes.
06
Get region-savvy:
Doing Business in Asia
Each year brings a new theme for this elective course surveying business practice in China, Korea and Japan, offered with our partners in the BeST Alliance - Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo. About ten students from each partner school (Peking University, Seoul National University, and Hitotsubashi ICS) study, travel, and network together for 16 days. Offered at the end of the first year of study, DBiA gives you different test fields and contexts for the analytical skills you build during the year.
07
Get connected:
The Seminar System
Every MBA candidate joins a small (3-4 person) Seminar offered by a faculty member. Throughout the program, Seminars meet to discuss academics, career goals, life stages and more. Seminar faculty are not only academic advisors; they are coaches, mentors, and wellsprings of information about careers in Japanese and global business. And after graduation, Seminars remain a growing group of uniquely connected alumni.