Graduate School of International Management

Graduate School of International Management

Academic Principles & Scheme

The Mission of Aoyama Business School

The Graduate School of International Management contributes to fostering creative leaders who fulfill their social responsibility and serve as global citizens, and to developing a prosperous future through our leading research activities.

Social Responsibility
Global Citizenship
Creative Leadership

Academic Excellence

The Ideals of Aoyama Business School

In order to achieve its mission, the MBA program cultivates management professionals who come to conclusions based on independent thinking and analysis. ABS ceaselessly strives to improve its programs. The doctoral program does not merely teach business research techniques, but also cultivates contributors to the workforce who are aware of the social significance of their research, possess a well defined sense of purpose, and can be active on the international stage.

Systematic, integrated and practical learning system

ABS offers a systematic, integrated, and practical curriculum combining elements such as the acquisition of specialized expertise, synthesis of cross-functional knowledge, and study and practice of methodology through individual learning and group activities. Students first learn the fundamentals of the four fields necessary for corporate management: Strategy & Organization, Marketing, Finance & Accounting, and Operation & Information Systems. Then they focus on one of those four. This allows students to develop a high level of specialization while also gaining proficiency in all fields of management, thus becoming properly qualified managers.

Aoyama Action Learning, an MBA capstone course, offers a practical arena for testing integrated knowledge, coordinating skills within groups, and practicing methods for handling different cultures.

ABS courses incorporate leading business research

Courses are taught by cutting-edge researchers and teachers with bountiful professional business experience. We feel that incorporating research pertaining to the latest business theories and issues facing corporations into the classroom enables education that is rich in theoretical features as well as in practical business content.

Instead of merely following a pattern of uninterrupted teacher lectures, our courses incorporate elements such as debate, case-method teaching and project-oriented study.

Curriculum based on global standards

In order to succeed in our mission to cultivate management professionals who can be leaders in the ever more global economic arena and society, ABS strives to be a holistic business school that conforms to global standards.

Aoyama Business School is affiliated with both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an institution that certifies business schools in the USA, and the European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD), which serves a similar function in Europe. ABS is also affiliated with the Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow, a 21st century organization (ABEST21), which is a business school federation centered in Asia and the USA.

In order to integrate viewpoints from corporate managers and business experts, we are evaluated by an outside advisory board every year. As a result, the ABS curriculum encompasses strategic thinking methods taught at top business schools around the world.

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