Lessons from the Land of the Rising Sun: Entrepreneurship Students Explore Business Culture in Japan

Lessons from the Land of the Rising Sun: Entrepreneurship Students Explore Business Culture in Japan
May 22, 2018

In February, 22 Eller students, most of them honors students and all studying entrepreneurship, touched down at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. Over the next seven days, they embarked on an exploration of the country’s business and culture as part of the Kakehashi Project, a highly selective program of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs aimed at promoting a better understanding of Japan and its people.

In addition to an opinion exchange forum with students from Waseda University—a prestigious, private research university in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku ward—the group was welcomed into a range of businesses across Tokyo, Kobe and Osaka: MOBIO, a business information center supporting local manufacturers; AOKI, an intentionally small business that manufactures airplane parts; Kobe Shu-shin-kan Breweries, a family-run sake brewery established in 1751; and global electronics giant Panasonic.

Eller was one of 11 U.S. schools selected for the 2018 program, following application to the program by Carlos Alsua, academic director and senior lecturer of international management and global entrepreneurship in Eller’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. Alsua pursued the competitive opportunity as a way to make study abroad more accessible to high-performing entrepreneurship students, regardless of personal circumstances.

“Most of the business decisions we make have global ramifications, even if you’re just an entrepreneur with one small business,” explained Alsua, who accompanied students on the trip, along with Anne Stringfellow, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation. “How can we say we’re delivering a global education if we don’t expose them to the world? And even though this trip was only nine days, at the end of it, the world had opened up so much for these students.”

That impact is easy to spot in the thoughts below from four students who participated in the trip.
  • Alex Gibson BSBA ’18 (Entrepreneurship, Business Management and MIS)
  • Juliana Provencio BSBA ’18 (Entrepreneurship, Business Management and Pre-medicine)
  • Cassie Schickling BSBA ’18 (Marketing)
  • Tripp Twyman BSBA ’18 (Entrepreneurship, Accounting and Finance)

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Founded in 1933, the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona upholds the visionary belief that business education helps shape the world in new and unprecedented ways through pioneering and practical research, innovative coursework, data-driven decision-making and excellence in entrepreneurship and social responsibility. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Eller College of Management is home to more than 7,000 undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and offers nine majors, six minors, six specialty master’s programs, four MBA programs and six doctoral programs. The college also houses several centers of excellence and research labs. The college is currently ranked 21st in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for undergraduate business programs (number 11 public). U.S. News also ranks our full-time MBA number 49, our evening MBA number 46, our online MBA number 33 and our online master’s in MIS number 8 in the country. In addition, our management information systems department ranks number four nationally and our McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is ranked number 15 nationally (U.S. News). The Eller Executive Education program debuted at number 68 in the Financial Times Executive Education Program ranking (number 4 in the Western U.S.).

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