** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Yasuhiro Yamakawa, Associate Professor
Winter Session 2020
Information Session Dates
Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Monday, April 8, 2019, 4:00 PM ET
Initial Application Deadline
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 11:59 PM ET
Rolling Application Opens
Monday, April 29, 2019, 9:00 AM ET
Rolling Application Deadline
Sunday, September 29, 2019, 11:59 PM ET
(Applications reviewed at the end of the month: May-July)
Mandatory Course Dates
No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.
Pre-Departure Class #1 (Updated)
Saturday, October 19, 2019
1:00 - 5:00 PM ET
Pre-Departure Class #2
Saturday, November 16, 2019
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM ET
Course Travel: Saturday, January 4 - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Class Dates: Sunday, January 5 (evening) - Monday, January 13, 2020 (evening)
Deliverables due within a week after final day of course
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).
International Flight (Not Included in Program Fee)
Students will be responsible for booking their own international flight to/from Tokyo (NRT or HND). A recommended international flight itinerary will be provided to students registered for the course. Students are responsible for booking their own flight AFTER the course has been confirmed to run (i.e. participant minimum number is reached). The international flight cost is not included in the program fee.
Arrival Airport Code: NRT or HND
Departure Airport Code: NRT or HND
The program fee includes the following transportation: charter bus, local train, and subway tickets.
Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation around the city and to do significant walking.
Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner and alumni reception.
Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.
Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.
Estimated Total Cost: $5,000 + Tuition (4 credits)
Program Fee: $2,600
Included: Accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation, planned program meals and cultural excursions.
Not included: Tuition, international flight, visa costs, additional meals, and personal expenses.
Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.
Cancellation Policy: 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.
Babson Tuition: 4-Credits
Winter Session tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2019-2020 credit rate ($1,644 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.
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.
Alex Nesbeda, Senior Program Manager for the Short-Term Programs team, manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience for the undergraduate and graduate student populations. She is the program manager for undergraduate Electives Abroad in Japan, Germany, Uruguay/Argentina, and Israel; the undergraduate Elective Away in Manhattan; the graduate Elective Abroad in Italy; and the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience in Tanzania. She also handles the risk management for the Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (ADE) program.
David Graham was first hired to Babson College as a Zamboni driver in 1997. After three years at the Babson Skating Center, Dave accepted a position at Central Services running the Shipping and Receiving department.
During his time with the college, he has taken on a multitude of different roles. Being an avid hockey fan and player, he began coaching the men’s club hockey team in 2003. In 2005, he expanded his role to include the women’s team as well and is always looking forward to the next season. Other college activities include: commencement host, alumni weekend volunteer, skating school instructor, assisting Facilities with snow removal during winter storms, part-time Zamboni driver, and high school/college referee.
Waseda University created a video of Professor Yamakawa's "Design Thinking" class held for Babson College and Waseda University students in January 2018. Check out the video below or visit the website for more information and photos (in Japanese).