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The case for employee training at business school

Have you ever questioned the outcome of corporate training, but recognize its importance as an investment aiming to develop the skills of employees? While it is important to do level-specific or problem-specific training, have you ever felt the limit of “knowledge” or “philosophy”-centered corporate training? The international certified training program offered by the Business School applies the essence of its MBA program to corporate training. Corporate training does not have to be limited to a mass training session or sessions; it is possible to start from a Focused Program course, or conduct an internal MBA program.

The last resort for human resources development training

If you are not satisfied with the results of various corporate training methods that have been employed at your company, or think corporate training in general does not sufficiently motivate employees, you may consider including an MBA as a requirement for mid-career recruiting or promotion. This increases the motivation of employees to learn invest in their own futures. Employees that successfully earn the MBA can then be put in charge of larger and more important projects in recognition of their efforts and newly gained managerial perspective. They will surely aim to exceed expectations.

The field of corporate training at business school

There are many aspects of corporate training, but training conducted by the Business School consists of two types: management training, which is leadership training for executives (candidates) focusing on analytical thinking, and innovation training, which focuses on creative thinking in aiming to develop human resources that will contribute to new efforts, such as new technologies/products, projects/businesses, and markets.

The biggest advantage of the corporate training program offered by the Business School is that the facilitator is a credentialed and experienced faculty member, rather than a mere consultant. All of the courses are conducted in the case method style, and the course materials are business cases containing challenges faced by real companies. The participants have discussions based on these materials, facilitated by faculty members experienced in both business analysis and guidance of class discussion. Participants earnestly discuss and debate the difficult questions, arguing and defending how they would approach or act on issues requiring a management decision. The following are the 5 styles of corporate training that NUCB Business School conducts (Customized Leadership Development).


  • 1. Dedicated training program

    Did you know that it is common to delegate corporate training to business schools in Europe? Business schools provide human resource development targeting specific challenges that companies face, imparting the know-how built into MBA learning and teaching over time. Problems and issues with strategic thinking, innovative thinking, global thinking, and leadership are where the Business School faculty and programs excel. Combining MBA programs and Focused Program courses makes it possible to build a tailor-made curriculum. Training can be conducted at the training facility of your company or at the Business School campus, which is optimized for case discussion.

    Customized Training Experience

  • 2. Take an MBA Focused Program course for corporate training

    Have you ever felt that the level of discussion in mass internal training sessions is stuck in a rut? It is well known that diversity is required for generating new ideas, especially in new businesses in which managers hold corporate training sessions. In fact, corporate training in Europe is typically conducted by companies sending employees to business schools for short periods (usually for a few days), as the companies value the various backgrounds of the participants. Rather than obtaining an MBA, employees take single, two-day courses according to their specific duties, harnessing the essence of the MBA program in Focused Program training sessions. With over 80 courses available in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, MBA Focused Program courses can easily be included as an option for a corporate training program.

    Customizable subject list


  • 3. Support for participating in MBA courses

    Have you ever faced problems with the high cost of sending executive candidates to a business school abroad, or the low retention rate of those who obtain an MBA? We offer weekend programs which allow students to obtain their MBA while working on weekdays. In these programs, all the courses are held on weekends, taking into consideration the difficulty concentrating which may be experienced by professionals during lectures given at the office, in the field, or when together with clients. Over 600 participants annually in the weekend MBA programs find an optimal environment for training: where students can discuss and make connections with representatives of different fields and backgrounds. Students must make their best effort to graduate, as we adhere to a curve evaluation grading policy. There are subsidizing options available to those for whom it is difficult to send employees on weekends, such as the training and education benefits system provided by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

  • 4. Business succession school for small and medium-sized companies

    We provide business succession training programs for smaller companies in need of training specifically for successors of established businesses rather than corporate training for employees. In this program, participants build a long-term strategy for the growth of their own company with Business School faculty, considering the feelings, philosophy, and words of the founder, the change of the business over time, and other factors of which they are not usually aware. We offer a learning place for leaders of the next generation who find themselves in the same situation, for those who wonder which style of leadership to choose, or those unfamiliar with how to navigate or guide a corporate culture cultivated by their predecessors.

  • 5. Developing the materials and training the instructor

    If you are an HR staff member planning to conduct corporate training internally or to groom an in-house instructor for future training sessions, the Business School can develop a dedicated case by learning of the history or current management issues of your company while your employees take MBA Focused Program courses, thus enhancing corporate training sessions with a case about your company, optimized for facilitating discussion and thus, participant engagement. Through training based on case method and speaking to the specific needs of your company, your training sessions will foster a proactive attitude in employees necessary for their growth and the growth of your company.

Cost for corporate training

Research says that the training costs for listed companies with thousands of employees can range from JPY 50,000 to JPY 100,000 per employee. It is natural that the cost would rise if training is geared towards senior-level employees or based on specific themes, as it places restrictions on the instructor. Therefore, we suggest leveraging the variety of Focused Program courses which the Business School provides in order to conduct effective corporate training on a limited budget. Of the two types of programs, degree and focused, the Focused Program courses provide a less costly option in terms of both time and financial commitment, taking only a few days and fees in the lower tens of thousands.

Last resort for human resource development training

If you have tried several corporate training programs and are not satisfied with the results, or if corporate training programs do not motivate your employees enough, you may want to add an MBA as a last resort. As a last resort, there are cases where an MBA is added as a requirement for mid-career hiring or promotion. The reason behind this is that the employees themselves see it as a "self-investment" for the future, and this motivates them to learn more. After earning an MBA, give the employee a slightly larger project as a "reward." Challenging work is the greatest motivation, and we are sure that the employee will take action to achieve results that meet expectations.

Career development promotion subsidy

The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare’s career development promotion subsidy provides half (for small- and medium-sized companies) or a third (large company) of the program fee in addition to a stipend during the term of study to qualifying employees pursuing an MBA based on a career skills development plan. The aid is limited to JPY 500,000 per person and per course, depending on the amount of training hours and the type of course. In addition, with the total combined amount eligible to be received by the students of single business establishment set at a maximum of JPY 5,000,000, several employees of a single company can pursue MBAs simultaneously and receive these benefits, reducing the cost for employee training drastically.


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