EPS3524 Made in Japan: Culture & Opportunities
Dr. Yasuhiro Yamakawa, Associate Professor
Wednesday, April 12, 5:00-6:00 PM
Location: Olin 101
|-- Application Opens
||Monday, April 10, 2017, 9:00 AM ET
|-- Initial Application Deadline
||Sunday, April 23, 2017, 11:59 PM ET
|-- Rolling Application Deadline
||Sunday, September 27, 2017. 11:59 PM ET
(Applications reviewed at the end of the month: May - August)
||Pre-Departure Class #1
Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Pre-Departure Class #2
Saturday, December 2, 2017
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
||Travel Dates: Saturday, January 6 - Tuesday, January 16, 2018
(Course Dates: Sunday, January 7 - Monday, January 15, 2018)
||Deliverables due within a week after final day of course
Tokyo & Chiba, Japan
Open to students who have completed the pre-requisite work and are in good academic and social standing with the college. See below for pre-requisite details.
Program Fee: $2,650
Airfare (Estimated): $1,500
Tuition: Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2017-2018 credit rate ($1,552 per credit). Each Elective Abroad is 4 credits. Winter tuition is separate from fall and spring tuition charges, however, you may qualify for a tuition adjustment in a future year.
Additional Expenses: See financial considerations below.
This course is built on two major themes.
(1) Institutional Environment: Provide students a chance to experience, and have an in-depth look at Japan’s institutional environment (i.e., formal and informal rules of the game) – focusing on its unique culture and advanced technology. Students will have opportunities to examine this through various dimensions that constitute the country’s institutional environment today (e.g., metropolitan vs. suburban, modern-contemporary vs. old-fashioned, global vs. local, product vs. service, high vs. low tech).
(2) Entrepreneurship and Opportunity: Encourage students to practice Entrepreneurial Thought and Action (ET&A) within the institutional environment (e.g., social, political, cultural) in Japan. Students will work in teams to conduct observations, identify problems and opportunities, design an entrepreneurial initiative, and assess its impact (including stakeholder analysis) and feasibility – in various contexts/perspectives (e.g., location, industry, interest/theme).
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The course syllabus is available for download here: Yamakawa_UG Japan_Syllabus.docx
4 credits, Advanced Elective Credit
Tokyo & Chiba, Japan
Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior students. Applicant must be in and remain in good academic and social standing prior to and throughout participation in course.
Charter bus, local train, subway
Arrival Airport Code
NRT (arrival and departure)
HND (arrival and departure)
||Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2017-2018 credit rate ($1,552 per credit). Each Elective Abroad is 4 credits. Winter tuition is separate from fall and spring tuition charges, however, you may qualify for a tuition adjustment in a future year.
|Financial Aid & Grant Information
||Contact SFS for more information
||$2,650 + Tuition (4 credits)
|Airfare (Individual estimated to/from BOS)
|Estimated Additional Meals*
|Visa (if applicable)**
||See notes below
||$5,050 + Tuition (4 credits)
Program Fee and Airfare
Program fee includes: Accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation, program planned meals and cultural excursions.
Program fee DOES NOT include: Tuition, international flight, visa costs, additional meals and personal expenses.
The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.
Tuition, Financial Aid and Grant Information
Tuition will be paid to SFS. To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.
*Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on the 2016-2017 course expenses. Note: expenses vary with individual spending.
**All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Japan (and any countries they transit through) before committing to the course. Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.
All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy
. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.
||Dr. Yamakawa is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College. He received his Bachelor of Laws from Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), obtained his M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management (Claremont, CA), and completed his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship at the School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX). Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Dr. Yamakawa spent ten years working in Japan’s utility and telecommunication industries where he engaged in numerous corporate venturing activities and entrepreneurial start-ups. Dr. Yamakawa teaches in the areas/intersections of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and International Business. He comes from a multi-cultural background, having lived in eight different countries around the world.
Dr. Yamakawa’s research explores the stimulants and constraints behind entrepreneurial learning and growth. His current research interests include: Learning from entrepreneurial failure, dilemmas inherent in corporate venturing activities, failure of industry emergence, and bankruptcy laws and entrepreneurship development around the world. Dr. Yamakawa has presented his research at leading academic conferences such as Academy of Management Conference, Academy of International Business Conference, and Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. His paper, “Entrepreneurship and the barrier to exit: How does entrepreneur-friendly bankruptcy law affect entrepreneurship development at the societal level?” won the Best Paper Award from the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, for exploring the public issue of importance to the entrepreneurial community. His paper, “How does experience of previous entrepreneurial failure impact future entrepreneurship?” was selected Best Paper Proceedings and as Carolyn Dexter Award finalist. His paper, “Revitalizing and learning from failure for future entrepreneurial growth” won the Irene M. McCarthy Best Paper Award. Dr. Yamakawa’s work has been published in leading Entrepreneurship/Management journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Small Business Economics, and Management International Review.