Critical Thinking

Course Objectives

Critical Thinking is one of the most in-demand skills of tomorrow. According to the World Economic Forum, Critical Thinking was named one of the "Top 10 Skills" needed in 2020.

Critical Thinking is the ability to process a high level of complex information, analyze it to identify problems and quickly find appropriate solutions. It also involves effective and persuasive communication to stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes.

In this course, students will gain the ability to:

  • Approach complex business problems and formulate more effective solutions
  • Perform critical evaluations free from preconceptions and bias
  • Identify new ways of solving problems
  • Communicate their conclusions persuasively to achieve a desired outcome

This course is intended for all business people, regardless of industry, area of responsibility, or experience. It is recommended for those who want to improve their problem-solving skills and their ability to communicate and convince stakeholders in order to accomplish their goals.

 

Course Details

Programs: Full-time MBA, Part-time MBA, Pre-MBA
Discipline: Critical and Analytical Skills
Course Level: Fundamental Course
Required/Elective Course: Required Elective Course
Number of Credits: 1.5
Report: Day 4
Hours Per Class: 3 hours
Class Capacity: 35 (Part-time MBA)

 

Theme/Reading Materials

Day 1
Session A
THEME Logical Thinking
CASE ・ Critical Thinking ―4th Edition―
Session B
THEME Techniques for Building Logical Arguments
CASE ・ Critical Thinking ―4th Edition―
 
Day 2
Session A
THEME Formulating Frameworks
CASE ・ Critical Thinking ―4th Edition―
Session B
THEME Formulating Preliminary Hypotheses
CASE ・ Critical Thinking ―4th Edition―
 
Day 3
Session A
THEME Testing and Refining Hypotheses
CASE ・ Critical Thinking ―4th Edition―
・ Planet Consulting: Submission to the President
Session B
THEME Testing and Refining Hypotheses and Reaching Conclusions
CASE ・ Critical Thinking ―4th Edition―
 
Day 4
Session A
THEME Identify and Solve the Problem (First Half)
CASE ・ Enjoy Glasses Co. Ltd.
Session B
THEME Identify and Solve the Problem (Second Half)
CASE ・ Enjoy Glasses Co. Ltd.
 
Day 5
Session A
THEME Techniques for Obtaining Buy-In
CASE ・ Critical Thinking ―4th Edition―
Session B
THEME Identifying Causes
CASE ・ Critical Thinking ―4th Edition―
・ Planet Consulting: Submission to the President
 
Day 6
Session A
THEME Techniques for Gaining Support
CASE ・ Critical Thinking ―4th Edition―
Session B
THEME Techniques for Gaining Supporting/ Reflection
CASE ・ Critical Thinking ―4th Edition―

 

If you wish to start from the Pre-MBA,

Tuition Fee per course: 126,000 yen
Please find more about the Pre-MBA Program.

Course Schedule

Faculty

Gil Chavez
Critical and Analytical Skills, Management Philosophy, Marketing and Strategy
The ability to assess a given situation, to quickly sift through data to indentify key factors, is essential in any profession. In business, it is the foundation of management and leadership.
Oshima Hirohide
Accounting and Finance
Mr. Oshima has worked for Tokyo Bank (currently Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank) and was engaged in selling marketable bank products and fundraising US dollars. He then moved to Goldman Sachs Securities and was involved with M&A advisory services. He was engaged in corporate strategy, restructuring, and global fundraising at Toyota Financial Service, a financial company which has control of Toyota-related financial services. He joined GLOBIS in 2007.
Akira Toda
Creation, Critical and Analytical Skills, Marketing and Strategy
After graduating from Sophia University, he joined Itochu Corporation, where he was involved in developing an IT/Telecommunication start-up business. He then moved to Boston Consulting Group specializing in financial strategy, start-up business development , and growth strategy for the information service, finance, and trading industries. At GLOBIS, Mr. Toda is involved in faculty recruitement and development as well as teaching in the GLOBIS Management School and GLOBIS University.
Kenya Yoshino
Critical and Analytical Skills, Management Philosophy, Organizational Behavior and HRM
"Why do we live? This simple question is what I want you to think in my course. This world is full of possibilities, but the "time"(one of our most precious resource) is limited. Therefore, we have to choose in which aspect we would like to focus. Being able to answer the above question gives you a clear criteria on where to focus. Maybe no one can answer the question with 100% certainty, but it is important that we keep searching for the answer. I am looking forward to discuss with you in this never ending quest."
Michael Shell
Critical and Analytical Skills
"Learning is facilitated in an environment of openness, respect and curiosity. Students who are fully engaged, active participates and enjoy being challenged will get the most out of the class. The Critical Thinking course has been designed to develop leadership development skills by supporting students to clarify and organize their thoughts in a logical manner. They also develop the ability to influence others through persuasive communications."
Brian Cathcart
Critical and Analytical Skills
"Critical Thinking is an essential life skill that can improve not only how you conduct your business but also how you communicate with people and how you direct your life. In this course, we will work together to develop tools to improve your own critical thinking so that you can be more persuasive, work more efficiently, and be more effective throughout your entire MBA experience. I look forward to seeing you in class!"
Darren Menabney
Critical and Analytical Skills
Communicating your ideas and persuading others is critical to your success as a leader and business professional, whether as an entrepreneur, an employee of a large firm, or member of the public or not-for-profit sectors. No one is born as a natural presenter, it comes with a lot of work, practice, learning from your mistakes, and learning about yourself. My goal is to help you build your confidence and ability to present effectively, clearly, and persuasively, to a global audience. Find the uniqueness which you bring to your presentations, strengthen that, and use it to persuade, inform, and inspire others!
Anthony Blick
Critical and Analytical Skills
"In a world saturated with data and information, the ability to think critically is a key to success in both business and academic studies. Critical Thinking and the ability to communicate your thoughts clearly will be the foundation upon which all of your MBA studies will be built upon and is invaluable in understanding and learning from case studies. In the professional world, leaders who are skilled in critical thinking have the ability to make optimal decisions and guide their organizations."

Faculty

Gil Chavez
Gil Chavez
Critical and Analytical Skills, Management Philosophy, Marketing and Strategy
The ability to assess a given situation, to quickly sift through data to indentify key factors, is essential in any profession. In business, it is the foundation of management and leadership.
Oshima Hirohide
Oshima Hirohide
Accounting and Finance
Mr. Oshima has worked for Tokyo Bank (currently Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank) and was engaged in selling marketable bank products and fundraising US dollars. He then moved to Goldman Sachs Securities and was involved with M&A advisory services. He was engaged in corporate strategy, restructuring, and global fundraising at Toyota Financial Service, a financial company which has control of Toyota-related financial services. He joined GLOBIS in 2007.
Akira Toda
Akira Toda
Creation, Critical and Analytical Skills, Marketing and Strategy
After graduating from Sophia University, he joined Itochu Corporation, where he was involved in developing an IT/Telecommunication start-up business. He then moved to Boston Consulting Group specializing in financial strategy, start-up business development , and growth strategy for the information service, finance, and trading industries. At GLOBIS, Mr. Toda is involved in faculty recruitement and development as well as teaching in the GLOBIS Management School and GLOBIS University.
Kenya Yoshino
Kenya Yoshino
Critical and Analytical Skills, Management Philosophy, Organizational Behavior and HRM
"Why do we live? This simple question is what I want you to think in my course. This world is full of possibilities, but the "time"(one of our most precious resource) is limited. Therefore, we have to choose in which aspect we would like to focus. Being able to answer the above question gives you a clear criteria on where to focus. Maybe no one can answer the question with 100% certainty, but it is important that we keep searching for the answer. I am looking forward to discuss with you in this never ending quest."
Michael Shell
Michael Shell
Critical and Analytical Skills
"Learning is facilitated in an environment of openness, respect and curiosity. Students who are fully engaged, active participates and enjoy being challenged will get the most out of the class. The Critical Thinking course has been designed to develop leadership development skills by supporting students to clarify and organize their thoughts in a logical manner. They also develop the ability to influence others through persuasive communications."
Brian Cathcart
Brian Cathcart
Critical and Analytical Skills
"Critical Thinking is an essential life skill that can improve not only how you conduct your business but also how you communicate with people and how you direct your life. In this course, we will work together to develop tools to improve your own critical thinking so that you can be more persuasive, work more efficiently, and be more effective throughout your entire MBA experience. I look forward to seeing you in class!"
Darren Menabney
Darren Menabney
Critical and Analytical Skills
Communicating your ideas and persuading others is critical to your success as a leader and business professional, whether as an entrepreneur, an employee of a large firm, or member of the public or not-for-profit sectors. No one is born as a natural presenter, it comes with a lot of work, practice, learning from your mistakes, and learning about yourself. My goal is to help you build your confidence and ability to present effectively, clearly, and persuasively, to a global audience. Find the uniqueness which you bring to your presentations, strengthen that, and use it to persuade, inform, and inspire others!
Anthony Blick
Anthony Blick
Critical and Analytical Skills
"In a world saturated with data and information, the ability to think critically is a key to success in both business and academic studies. Critical Thinking and the ability to communicate your thoughts clearly will be the foundation upon which all of your MBA studies will be built upon and is invaluable in understanding and learning from case studies. In the professional world, leaders who are skilled in critical thinking have the ability to make optimal decisions and guide their organizations."