What is your professional background?
I have 19 years’ experience in the supply chain fields in various roles, encompassing International Logistics Operations, Customer Service, Import Business Management, Supply Chain Management, Third-Party Fulfillment Development, Program/Project Management, Knowledge Management, and New Business Development. Currently, I am a Sr. Program Manager in an e-commerce company, responsible for managing the life-cycle of a complex cross-functional program with considerable impact.
What do you like best about studying at GLOBIS?
What I like about GLOBIS is the high-quality, practical classes that you can choose either online or on campus. The environment is really great as well since the students are enthusiastic business professionals from various backgrounds, industries, and countries. GLOBIS provides a variety of programs that enhanced my communication skills in English. But the most unique point about GLOBIS is that it’s a Personal Mission Centric School, where you develop your own Kokorozashi.
What is it like studying online?
Studying online is very flexible and fun. I learn with variety of students from 20 countries. Even if you are on a business trip overseas, you don’t need to be absent. (I personally took lessons during business trips in the U.S. and the EU.) The key point for online communication I learned is to use simple words that everyone can understand and visualize.
Since starting your MBA program, have you had an opportunity to apply what you learned at work?
Yes, there have been many opportunities to apply what I learned. One of my critical roles and responsibilities is to collaborate with various stakeholders in the company to achieve the goal of projects. To do so, the takeaways from Critical Thinking, Strategy, Marketing, Human Resource Management, and Accounting helped me create a holistic project charter with the most probable numbers to get stakeholder alignment. Not only technical skills, but also the way of thinking and behavior that I learned in the "Entrepreneurial Leadership, Power and Influence", and the "Leadership Development, Ethics and Values" courses were valuable to me. The findings changed my mind-set on how to lead others to maximize the power and capability of the entire organization.
What can you tell me about the other students in the program?
It is more diverse environment than I expected. The students from all over the world are very proactive and never hesitate to speak up their opinions. One interesting discussion I had with the students from Singapore and South Africa was the case of Japanese company with a long history of leadership ethics. I really loved the discussion, since everyone had a different viewpoint in regard to ethics, depending on their culture, experiences, and their background. These experiences made me change my mind-set to be more proactive as well as to think broader from various perspectives. Outside of the classroom, there are also many opportunities to have fun with them, so you can create a great international network.
What advice would you give to potential prospects who are interested in taking the GLOBIS MBA?
GLOBIS is not the school that you study but the school that provides an environment, which makes you understand yourself and makes your Kokorozashi grow. If you have something in mind, just go for it! It will be a tough journey, but I am sure you will have a life changing experience.