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JAIMS Launches New Management Program


- Program designed by Dr. Ikujiro Nonaka, leading scholar on knowledge management -

Japan-America Institute of Management Science (“JAIMS”; Honolulu, Hawaii) began global recruitment today for a new, three-month intensive management program, “East-West Knowledge Leaders Program,” which will start in September 2008 with the goal of training the next generation of global business leaders.

East-West Knowledge Leaders Program is designed around management principles developed by JAIMS President Dr. Ikujiro Nonaka, a leading authority on knowledge management(1). The holistic course of study synthesizes best business practices of the East and West with religion, culture, philosophy, history and other liberal arts subjects.

Dr. Nonaka is Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University and a member of the Board of Directors of Fujitsu Limited (Tokyo, Japan), which established JAIMS in 1972.

Program Details
Name : East-West Knowledge Leaders Program
Schedule :
September 22, 2008 - December 19, 2008
Application deadline: May 30, 2008
Tuition : US$8,000
Class Size : 30 students
Admission Requirements :
Bachelor’s degree; minimum three years of full-time work experience; minimum TOEFL score of 577
Program Objectives :

To teach the skills needed to resolve management issues in a global business environment, using a multidisciplinary, multicultural approach.
To enhance the integrity of managers by synthesizing business knowledge and skills-based courses with a liberal arts foundation.
To develop leaders capable of managing organizations that innovate through the continual creation of knowledge.
Course Examples :

Knowledge Management & Innovation
Strategy in Emerging Markets
East-West Philosophy
JAIMS, a nonprofit postgraduate institute, has been a pioneer in intercultural management education since 1972. Its mission is to contribute to the human and economic development of the Asia-Pacific region by educating and training managers to be effective leaders in an increasingly interdependent global economy.

Fujitsu Asia Pacific Scholarship Program, established in 1985 by Fujitsu Limited, is available to people of 18 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. The objective of the scholarship is to provide businesspeople with the opportunity to study different cultures, values, and management styles to strengthen relations and foster mutual understanding within the region.

In July 2006, JAIMS received the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation, which is awarded to individuals and organizations that have worked to improve the mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through activities in economic and technical fields, promotion of public relations and cultural affairs, and contribution to the welfare of nations through international relationships.

Name of Organization : Japan-America Institute of Management Science (JAIMS)
Establishment : January, 1972
Location : Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A
President : Ikujiro Nonaka, Ph.D., Director, Fujitsu Limited
Chairman of the Board : Naoyuki Akikusa, Chairman, Fujitsu Limited
Major Programs :

Academic Programs
Intercultural Management Program (4 months)
Japan-focused MBA Program (21 months)
Corporate Seminars on information technology and cross-cultural communications
Alumni and Program Participants :

Academic Programs : More than 2,800 students from 48 countries
Corporate Seminars : More than 19,000 participants from 29 countries
1 Knowledge Management: “Knowledge Management” or “Knowledge-based Management” is a management paradigm which recognizes knowledge as one of the most important assets for a company to create sustainable competitive advantage. There are two types of knowledge: tacit knowledge and explicit knowledge. The former is subjective, experiential knowledge that cannot be expressed in words or numbers. The latter is objective, rational knowledge that can be articulated. New knowledge can be created through a continuous process of dynamic interaction, conversion and transfer of tacit and explicit knowledge among individuals, groups, and organizations. Dr. Nonaka has proposed the SECI model (Socialization, Externalization, Combination, and Internalization) as a fundamental principle of knowledge creation, transfer, and utilization.

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu Limited is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that create infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of about 5.1 trillion yen (US$43.2 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.
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