Program structure and curriculum

True to the Hitotsubashi ICS spirit and mission, our 1-year, all-English language, part-time program taps into our local and global networks to explore the strengths of both Japanese and Western management practices. In addition to time together in Tokyo, the EMBA class takes three trips outside Japan to experience the world’s diversity of business opportunities, in emerging economies, for example, or driven by technological disruption.

EMBA candidates meet at the Hitotsubashi ICS campus and in virtual settings. Our EMBAs continue in their jobs while pursuing the program, which we’ve designed to keep disruptions to a minimum. Still, support from a sponsoring organization will be critical to the success as a participant. Sponsoring organizations stand to reap big and immediate benefits by sending their top-grade talent to join other high-performers in developing leadership mindsets.

Program structure, curriculum, and calendar

Hitotsubashi ICS develops business professionals as global leaders with practical wisdom.

Foundation Stage

September-December (4 months)

  • Foundation Launch Pad
  • Core Courses
(I) Foundation Stage
     September-December (4 months)
Foundation Launch Pad
Held on the first two weeks of the Foundation Stage at Hitotsubashi ICS’ Chiyoda campus, the Foundation Launch Pad builds both a common starting point for advanced management learning, and cohesion among the EMBA class.
Core Courses
A carefully curated set of 11 core courses led by Hitotsubashi ICS faculty fortify candidates’ understanding of fundamental management models and frameworks. Run in both physical and virtual classrooms, the core courses impart the latest and most essential management thinking in disciplines such as strategy, marketing, finance and more. In all settings and fields, course instructors emphasize practical application of theory to workplace leadership and management. They combine lectures with lively interaction between students and faculty, and corporate executives are frequent guest speakers who share their perspectives.
Following the Foundation Launch Pad, the Core Courses are taught only on weekends to minimize candidates’ absence from work. Half of the weekend sessions are held at ICS’ Chiyoda campus and the other half virtually, through an internet-based video communication system called Zoom. This arrangement allows students from outside Tokyo to participate in the program; they need to be in Tokyo only once each month for the EMBA program.

Foundation Stage Schedule

Qualifying Exams

(take-home assesments)

Mastery Stage

January-August (8 months)

  • Mastery Launch Pad
  • Mastery Forum
  • Global Immersion Experiences
  • Capstone Project
(II) Mastery Stage
      January-August (8 months)
Mastery Launch Pad
A week-long residential module in January starts off the Mastery Stage, integrating the learning from the Foundation Stage. The Mastery Launch Pad builds students’ skills in formulating and implementing strategies using inter-disciplinary knowledge, and is the point of embarkation for students to work on their individual Capstone Projects. Sessions of the Mastery Launch Pad include: 1) Balanced Scorecard; 2)Problem-solving, providing frameworks for thinking about complex, systemic issues; 3)Design Thinking; 4) Japanese Manufacturing; 5) Executives in the Age of Geo-economics; and 6) Strategy in Emerging Markets.
Mastery Forum
The Mastery Forum provides more knowledge and interaction as students conduct their Capstone Projects, which produce new strategy proposals to their organizations. Creating a good and unique strategy requires a business sense beyond analytical skills; leaders and innovators must be able to communicate their strategies compellingly. In this stage of the program, students make preliminary presentations of their Capstone Project to the Hitotsubashi ICS faculty and their peers, then receive direct feedback aimed to improve their proposal. Moreover, students have opportunities to interact directly with senior executives - including CEOs of prominent Japanese companies - so that they may share and test their ideas.
Global Immersion Experiences
GIEs are visits to three different locations to learn the latest global business practices firsthand. They include a trip to Bangalore/Delhi (February), a trip to Silicon Valley, CA (April), and one Global NetworkWeek (June). All are full-week experiences where students delve right into the lively setting of a growing region and sector. See separate Immersions presentation for more details.
Capstone Project
A key program deliverable, the Capstone Project not only jumpstarts the learning from the Foundation Stage, but also provides the organizing principle for the Mastery Stage. In their Capstone Projects, students work individually and over time on developing a strategy through which their home organization either solves a business problem or harnesses a business opportunity. At the conclusion of the EMBA program, all students present their Capstone proposal - first to an executive of their organization, then to a Hitotsubashi ICS Faculty Panel.

Mastery Stage Schedule

Graduation

Management Essentials
In this foundational course, students learn underlying management essentials that will be reinforced and illustrated throughout the EMBA program. At the same time, students consider topics that lie outside the scope of the eleven Core Courses. The topics covered include: history of Japanese management, leadership, data analytics, the aging society, Rongo-to Soroban (the philosophy of capitalism espoused widely in Japan), sustainability of Japanese companies, digital disruption, and more.

EMBA core courses

A carefully curated set of 11 core courses led by Hitotsubashi ICS faculty fortify candidates’ understanding of fundamental management models and frameworks. Run in both physical and virtual classrooms, the core courses impart the latest and most essential management thinking in disciplines such as strategy, marketing, finance and more. In all settings and fields, course instructors emphasize practical application of theory to workplace leadership and management. They combine lectures with lively interaction between students and faculty, and corporate executives are frequent guest speakers who share their perspectives.
Following the Foundation Launch Pad, the Core Courses are taught only on weekends to minimize candidates’ absence from work. Half of the weekend sessions are held at ICS’ Chiyoda campus and the other half virtually, through an internet-based video communication system called Zoom. This arrangement allows students from outside Tokyo to participate in the program; they need to be in Tokyo only once each month for the EMBA program.

CourseFacilitating Professor
Creating Knowledge for FutureICHIJO, Kazuo (Kaz)
Financing for Growth and SustainabilityITO, Tomonori (Tom)
Getting Things Done KANNO, Hiroshi
Inspiring People and Organizations ONO, Hiroshi / YAGI, Yosuke
Leading Across Diversity and CultureDoi, Royanne
Leading Innovation MOUSTAFELLOS, James
Making Decisions for Shared ValueNAWA, Takashi
Measuring and Delivering Performances KOGA, Kentaro (Kenny)
Pursuing DifferentiationKUSUNOKI, Ken
Realizing Customer ValueFUJIKAWA, Yoshinori (Yoshi)
Becoming an Effective Leader in a Time of ChangeUMEZAWA, Takaaki (Tak)

Distinctly you

The Hitotsubashi ICS EMBA is a “bespoke” educational experience. It is based on you: your professional growth, your career objectives, your highest aspirations for yourself and your company. We launched this program in 2017 with an intentionally crafted flexibility in mind to afford participants maximum applicability to their work and careers.

  • Silicon Valley
  • Silicon Valley
  • Bangalore
  • Bangalore

Leadership Circles

EMBA programs are known for building close relationships during program activities. At Hitotsubashi ICS, we do this and more. To create the trust that underlies enduring relationships - the Japanese concept of “ba” – we conduct Leadership Circles throughout the academic year. This proven method, used successfully in many executive development programs and in multinational mergers, fosters the sharing of stories among participants and the exchange of feedback through open questioning and active listening.

EMBA Capstone

Hitotsubashi ICS develops business professionals as global leaders with practical wisdom. In this final and key deliverable of the Hitotsubashi ICS EMBA program, the students work individually, and throughout the Mastery Stage, to develop a strategy (and implement it as general managers) to solve a business challenge, or cultivate a business opportunity, facing the sponsoring organization of the student (or the organization that the student belongs). The Capstone Project not only helps the student integrate what is learned during the Foundation Stage, but is also the organizing principle for the Mastery Stage. During the Mastery Forums, taking place over three weekends in January, March, and May, the students share their thinking with peers and faculty. At the Final Presentation, which takes place in July, the students will present their Capstone Project to the Faculty Panel. This Presentation is the final deliverable for graduation from the EMBA Program.

Detail
SELECT

Choose the unit of analysis and project type for the Capstone Project.

The unit of analysis can be:
  1. The company or a significant business unit of the participant’s company; or
  2. A new business or business unit (to be started by the company, or as a startup)
The project type can be:
  1. Overall strategy (a medium-term plan for participant’s company, business unit or industry?);
  2. Transformation (a plan to strengthen the innovative capabilities of participant’s company, business unit or industry?);
  3. Opportunity identification (business unit or industry?);
  4. Restructuring (a plan to restructure participant’s company, business unit or industry, or exit the market?); or
  5. Business plan (for a new startup or for participant’s company or business unit to launch a new product or enter a new market?)
PROPOSE

Each student will propose the themes selected to the faculty and to peer students and receive feedback during the Mastery Launch Pad. Then, in dedicated, 70-minute sessions scheduled in March or May, all EMBA candidates will present their Capstone proposal to faculty and peers, who’ll offer views and insights to improve upon the strategy proposed.

PRESENT

The students refine their proposals until the Final Presentation in July, based on the feedback they receive from their faculty mentors (during the Proposal Presentation and in private sessions), peers, as well as from their sponsoring organizations. Before the Final Presentation, the students are required to present their Capstone Proposals to an executive at their respective sponsoring organizations, and required to bring the feedback to the Final Presentation. The Capstone Project presentation will be assessed by Hitotsubashi ICS Faculty Panel. Receiving a passing grade at this Final Presentation is a requirement for graduation from the EMBA Program

The Capstone should:
  • Be a holistic strategy integrating many of the subjects taught in the core courses
  • Use and build on the knowledge and tools taught in the EMBA curriculum
  • Integrate theory and practical experience

Immersions

The Immersions are visits to three different locations to learn the latest global business practices, firsthand. They include two Global Immersion Experiences (“GIE”) and one Global Network Week (“GNW”), both designed to show the complexities of global business, in person and in context. Both are full-week experiences where students delve right into the lively setting of a growing region and sector. (See the 2018 calendar)

Detail
GIE Bangalore is one week in Bangalore, India, visiting local companies, multi-national companies and non-profits, interacting with local managers and entrepreneurs, and learning from local experts. You’ll see firsthand the challenges and opportunities of doing business and addressing social needs in the dynamic, high-tech and entrepreneurial center of India. Themes of GIE Bangalore:
  • Doing business in emerging markets (including “Bottom of the Pyramid”)
  • Innovation in appropriate technology (primarily, “reverse innovation”)
  • Entrepreneurship (primarily focused on opportunities with potentially large positive social impact)
  • Creative, including not-for-profit, solutions to global challenges
GIE Silicon Valley is one week in Silicon Valley, the leading entrepreneurial ecosystem in the world. You’ll experience the thrilling challenges of the start-up culture, meet key players in this ecosystem, and learn from local experts about the latest developments in technology innovation and their potential not only to transform and disrupt business, but also to provide solutions to big problems.
Themes of GIE Silicon Valley:
  • Impact of technology (primarily, digital technology, including AI and robotics, on existing business models)
  • Leading innovation in companies;
  • Entrepreneurship in the for-profit sector
  • Technological solutions to global challenges
Global Network Week Hitotsubashi ICS is a founding member of the Global Network of Advanced Management (GNAM). Through this network, you’ll select a location outside Japan for a week of study at another GNAM school offering an executive MBA program. Alongside experienced managers from around the network, you’ll attend classes, tour local businesses, and meet with experts on current business problems. A key component of GNW is a team project that fosters collaboration with counterparts at other schools, in virtual teams and on the ground, to craft solutions that overcome obstacles to business.
More on Global Network and GNW .