Last month, we sat down with Vivek Kovilakathu, one of our alumni, to talk about his experience working in Japan as a foreigner. We learned about some of the challenges but also the benefits of working as an international professional in a Japanese company. Here are the highlights of our conversation:
In this alumni interview edition, we had the chance to talk with Sean Valencia, Hitotsubashi ICS MBA Class of 2016, whose business history case for his final assignment of the Business History GNAM course at Oxford was just published and will be used in the class this year. He wrote about Shibusawa Eiichi, who is widely known as the father of modern Japanese industry and is also closely tied to the establishment of our founding institution, Hitotsubashi University.
Read this short interview with Sean, followed up by an excerpt from his case study: “The father of Japanese Capitalism, Shibusawa Eiichi’s vision of the Ethical Corporation.”
Last month, we had the chance to interview alumna, Anna Lemeshkina, who shared with us her MBA journey, the impact it had in both professional and personal level, and the skills that were and still are key to her successful career development in marketing.
My major during university was Business Administration and Accountancy, with my work experience centered around Accounting and Finance, which is why I was asked quite often why I was taking a masters in business administration whereas a good portion of the basics, I have already learned. But Hitotsubashi ICS is not just about the basics of business concepts. Hitotsubashi ICS teaches its students how to become global thinkers, leaders, and agents of action and change.
Starting the Master of Advanced Management (MAM) program at Yale School of Management after my MBA was among the most adventurous decisions I have made, not only because it was a costly choice, but also because it pushed me out of my comfort zone, knowing that Hitotsubashi ICS and Yale SOM are very different environments. As a graduate of Hitotsubashi ICS, class of 2017, and MAM, class of 2019, my memory is still fresh enough to share the highlights of both programs and the differences between them.
I graduated from ICS in August 2014, and for the past four years and a half change has been an integral part of my life. I got married, moved internationally three times, had to battle severe illness and shifted my career from management consulting and business analysis to entrepreneurship. Through all this change, some principles I acquired at ICS have been of great help.
I graduated from Hitotsubashi ICS over a decade ago, but key lessons from my time there remain relevant even today. I was a company-sponsored student who, upon finishing my MBA, had the opportunity to work in different sectors and do business in different parts of the world. To this day, as a manager of a semi-global team, I rely on these key takeaways.