Sophia University

Academics Graduate School of Global Studies (Program in English is available)

Interntional Business and Development Studies Courses

Core Courses Applicable to Both International Business and Development Studies

BD500 Mathematical Techniques in Business and Economics

Professor: ASANO Akihito
[Very important] Not all students will be qualified to enrol in this course because of the way it is placed in the BD program structure. Any student who intends to enrol in this course must consult with the instructor prior to their enrolment. This course is one of two quantitative methods courses for students in the BD program in the GPGS. It is targeted to students who have inadequate background in economics/mathematics. The objective of this course is to ensure that all students have encountered the material that is assumed knowledge for subsequent economics courses in the BD program.

BD510 Business and Economic Statistic

Professor: HASEBE Takuya
Statistical skills are essential in business and economics. This course is concerned with quantitative data analysis using statistical methods. Topics such as descriptive statistics, probability, and sampling will be reviewed, and we will also cover statistic methods that are often used in business and economics. Hypothesis testing, regression analysis, analysis of variance, and analysis of categorical data will be covered (and more if time permits). The emphasis will be on practical application, and we will make extensive use of computer software.

International Business Core Courses

BD503 Corporate Strategy and Organizational Development

Professor: HAGHIRIAN Parissa
The course first introduces the general concept of strategy and why companies need to apply them. Implementation of strategy and its tools will be discussed. The course will mainly discuss business and corporate strategies. The questions discussed will be: How can corporations become and stay competitive? What decisions need to be made to do so?

BD504 International Information System and Management

Professor: SINGH Mahendra
International Information Systems are enhancing the pace of development and globalization. Information systems have been vital for any organization but with the expansion of Internet, Information Systems have extended their reach internationally to become huge inter-organizational systems that have become vital for the functioning of today’s modern society as well. After learning the components that comprise an Information System and various applications, students would be exposed to the managerial challenges with these systems and also the researches happening in this area through the discussions/presentations of research papers.

BD505 Financial Accounting

Professor: UENISHI Junko
This course develops the student's understanding of the theory and practice of financial accounting. The accounting measurements and reporting practices will be presented with a primary focus on International Financial Reporting Standards(IFRS) with some reference to the Japanese accounting standards.

BD507 Asian Comparative Management

Professor: TACHIKI Dennis
This course provides a foundation for understanding and managing in a global multicultural environment and workplace. Student will develop an understanding of the similarities and difference in management practice and environment in different national, cultural and regional settings. In this connection, the course is divided into three components: Re-Orienting Asian Management Who are the major Asian companies? How do they manage their business?  convergence and divergence debates (functional equivalents) Comparative Management What are the similarities and differences in Asian management styles? What are its sources/influences?  culture and institutions debates Managing Across Borders How do Asian companies build value and improve performance throughout its value chain? What challenges do they face in moving from domestic to international operations?  functional issues Throughout the course, the impact of culture and institutions will be examined on both the micro and macro-organizational issues, including employee motivation, leadership, communication, negotiation, decision making, as well as firm strategies, systems, and multinational teams.

BD508 International Financial Management

Professor: ISAKA Naoto
The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge of international financial management. Topics covered include net present value, the capital asset pricing model, cost of capital, international investments, and international corporate finance. There will be computer exercises with financial data. Students are required to apply these concepts to real-world situations in the international context through quantitative analysis or case studies.

BD513 Marketing Management

Professor: DE MAEYER Peter
The course introduces Marketing as both a professional and an academic discipline. As a profession, marketers identify consumer needs, determine which target markets to serve, and develop an optimal product, pricing, promotion, and distribution strategy that best satisfies consumer needs, relative to competition. Marketers serve a vital role in the long-term success of all organizations, profit-oriented as well as not-for-profit, small as well as large. Academically, marketing is a multi-disciplinary field involving the concepts, theories and methods used to understand exchanges and long term relationships between buyers and sellers. Through a combination of lectures, discussions, videos, individual and group assignments and case analyses, the course is designed to cover the basic concepts and principles of this challenging field.

BD512 Managing Mulitinational Corporations

Professor: KOYAMA Kenta
This course focuses on cross-cultural management and diversity management in multinational corporations. Students are expected to develop a theoretical perspective so that they can utilize cross-cultural / diversity management theories in their thesis or future jobs. As this course is set in the 5th and 6th periods, every two classes are regarded one unit. Each unit includes lecture, discussion, and writing a reaction paper.

Development Studies Core Courses

BD520 Development Theory and Policy

Professor: KAHY Hady
The course will concentrate on issues of growth and development for a variety of world economies. The issues covered will include topics such as scarcity of resources, interaction between market and government control, role of technology and human capital, institutions, globalization, health, education, infrastructure and inequality and poverty. Specific tools include the measurement of economic growth and standards of living, conduct of macroeconomic policy, models of international trade, poverty alleviation policies, and instruments of global capital markets.

BD521 International Economics

Professor: SAKANE Michiru
This course is designed to provide students with the basic theories of international finance with an emphasis on macroeconomic perspectives. The course begins by examining the balance of payments to understand how different international transactions are measured. Next, we study how exchange rates are determined and how they interact with various macroeconomic variables in the short run and the long run. The roles of monetary and fiscal policies under different exchange rate regimes are also discussed. In the latter half of the semester, students will learn various recent policy debates, such as optimum currency areas and currency crises.

BD525 Supply Chain Management

Professor: KHOJASTEH Yakob
This course covers high-level supply chain strategy and concepts and provides the student with a solid understanding of the analytical tools necessary to solve supply chain problems. Key drivers of supply chain performance such as facilities, inventory, transportation, information, sourcing, and pricing will be covered.

BD532 Economics of Development and Poverty

Professor: FUENTES CORDOBA Gabriel
This course deals with the forefront topics of economic development and aims to provide students with necessary tools to understand basic and advanced issues of economic development. This course will survey and examine empirical research on the main development economic theories.

Advanced Elective Courses

BD707 Topics in Business and Development 1

Professor: LIU Simon
Topics in Business and Development 1 is the graduate course with a focus on entrepreneurial finance about financing activities in venture business. The course introduces entrepreneurial funding activities, such as venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE). The concepts of VC and PE are discussed in classes along with the life cycle of venture business. The main topics include: (1) private equity fundraising and structuring, (2) investment origination, valuation, and value creation and management, (3) Investment exit. Besides, this course goes further to discuss strategies of venture business investment, like leveraged buyout. In this course, students are expected to obtain the knowledge of various methods of entrepreneurial fundraising, such as PE and VC, as well as case studies of business practices.

BD708 Topics in Business and Development 2

Professor: LIU Simon
Topics in Business and Development 2 is focus on project management (PM). The contents are based on the concepts of PM pertaining to business development. The first half semester introduces the processes of PM and the fundamental knowledge of PM, including WBS, PERT, CPM, scheduling, resource allocation, and earned value. The second half semester discusses the main topics of business development related to issues in PM, such as governance, partnership, risk, information management and so on. In this course, students will learn the essential knowledge of project management, and build the skills in designing a business project. Based on theoretical learning, case studies are applied to strengthen students’ managerial thinking in combining knowledge to the business world.