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Class Report: Strategic Thinking

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Prof. Nigel Denscombe introduces the course Strategic Thinking with a quote by Henry Ford – “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably why so few people engage in it.” This course is offered under the Global Leader Program which is designed as a pre-experience degree for MIM students. Over a period of four days, students are challenged to find/develop a strategic foresight for a business organization by exploring all possible organizational futures, and challenging conventional thinking to foster decision-making today. The critical strategic question is not so much “What?” but more “Why?” or “How?”

Students will engage in discussion with cases such as ‘Wal-Mart in Japan: Survival and the future of its Japanese business’, ‘Language and Globalization: Englishnization at Rakuten’ and ‘Is Sony Turning Around?’ The NUCB Business School is 100% Case Method university wide and this delivery method accelerates the potential skill of young professionals to face middle management positions after graduation. Do you have the ability to think strategically in your professional career?


On one side, Prof. Nigel Denscombe is a truly globalized Tokyo-based British-American high value-added management professional with a 30-year successful track record of leading positive industry change and finding new value propositions. At the same time, he is also an accomplished management educator who has created new business schools/re-positioned existing ones and who also has taught a wide range of high value-added management courses for Asian university business schools and corporate clients.