Corporate Philosophy and Social Values

Course Objectives

In this course students will learn about various values created by corporations.
Besides visible, economic values, students will also discover invisible social values.
Throughout the course, students will gain a deeper understanding of the corporate actions necessary to create social values and the philosophies and visions managers and employees should follow.

While keeping in mind the perspectives of various stakeholders including shareholders, customers, employees and the community, students will study the roles and responsibilities corporations have toward society, and how these are related to their management philosophy and strategy.

Using 1 to 2 cases for each class, students will discuss ways of realizing and creating social values within a company.

Students will consider their own personal opinions of what constitutes social values and how to realize these while learning from examples in case studies and through research while writing the report.


Who is the course designed for?

This course is intended for those wanting to become managers as well as those wanting to reflect on and actualize their company's raison d’être and the meaning of their own position within the company.
As a prerequisite, students attending this course should already possess basic knowledge and skills in management related fields.

Course Details

Programs: Full-time MBA, Part-time & Online MBA
Discipline: Management Philosophy
Course Level: Applied Course
Required/Elective Course: Elective Course
Number of Credits: 1.5
Report: Day 4
Hours Per Class: 3 hours
Class Capacity: 35


Recommended Preliminary Courses

- Critical Thinking
- Human Resource Management
- Organizational Behavior and Leadership
- Marketing
- Strategy
- AccountingⅠ
- Finance I


Theme/Case (*The themes and cases shown below are subject to change)

Day 1
Session A
THEMESocial Values of a Corporation
CASE・Nestle: Agricultural Material Sourcing Within the Concept of Creating Shared Value (CSV)
Session B
THEMESocial Values of a Corporation (Continued)
CASE・ Merck & Co., Inc. (A) (B) (C) (D)
Day 2
Session A
THEMESocial Values through long-term existence
CASE・OKAYA & CO., LTD. - A Perennial Business
Session B
THEMESocial Values through Innovation and Scale
CASE・Toyota Motor Corporation: Launching Prius
・Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy
・The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and me)
Day 3
Session A
THEMERisk of Damaging Social Values
CASE・ Sears Auto Centers (A)
Session B
THEMERisk of Damaging Social Values (Continued)
CASE・ Sears Auto Centers (B) (C) 
Day 4
Session A
THEMEField Study and Presentation on Social Values
Session B
Day 5
Session A
THEMESocial values and corporate philosophy
CASE・IKK’s Management Philosophy(A)(B)
Session B
THEMESocial Values and Corporate Philosophy (Continued)
CASE・ Transformation of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. 2005 (A) (B) (C)
Day 6
Session A
THEMEBusiness Model for Creating Social Values
CASE・ Honey Care Africa (A)
Session B
THEMEBusiness Model for Creating Social Values (Continued)
CASEEuglena Co., Ltd. - Make People and the Earth Healthy –



Tomoya Nakamura
Tomoya Nakamura
Global/Asia/Japan, Management Philosophy, Specialization
Corporate Philosophy and Social Values
Entrepreneurial Leadership
Globalization of Japanese and Asian Companies
Japanese Management: New Systems, Lasting Values
Keiei Dojo
Research Project
Trond Varlid
Trond Varlid
Critical and Analytical Skills, Management Philosophy, Organizational Behavior and HRM
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
Facilitation and Negotiation
Business Presentation
Human Resource Management
Corporate Philosophy and Social Values
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