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Prof. Motonari Tanabu is working at Yokohama National University (YNU). He has been worked with MBA students at VJU in two courses: Management Information Systems (MIS) and Qualitative Analysis (QLA). Let’s have a small talk with him now to see how the courses are designed and what is special about MBA at VJU.

1. You are delivering MIS and QLA for MBA students at VJU. Can you tell us main objectives of the courses?

– MIS provides students with a way to analyze and design the information systems that support business processes. This course also covers important recent topics related to enterprise information systems, such as digital transformation (DX) and information security. In each class, students will gain a deeper understanding of MIS through lectures, case discussions, and hands-on exercises.

– QLA gives students a general and fundamental understanding of the research design required to conduct research that uses qualitative methods, and also to develop student’s skills in conducting qualitative research through discussions and hands-on exercises focusing on case study design. This course focuses on qualitative research methods, but students will also learn the characteristics of quantitative research and mixed methods research so that they can better understand qualitative research methods.

2. What are the advantages of an MBA offered by VJU? 

Students can acquire truly useful knowledge and skills through the characteristic educational style of VJU’s MBA that creates cutting-edge knowledge through inquiry, rather than acquiring established knowledge. What makes VJU’s MBA different from the others being offered in Viet Nam is the internship in Japan. It relativizes the Vietnamese business and provides a higher perspective on the business. In addition, faculty members actively involved in education have abundant experience in education and research at the Faculty of Business Administration of YNU.

3. How are Japanese standards applied in VJU’s MBA?

The stance of research-oriented MBA education is applied to VJU’s MBA. At first glance, the VJU’s MBA program may seem to be aimed at training researchers, but it is not. Developing decision-making skills is a worldwide common goal of MBA education, therefore it is essential to develop a research attitude in order to gain deeper insight into social phenomena and take better action. That’s why VJU’s MBA program is always research-minded.

4. How do Japanese lecturers make a contribution to the MBA?

Japanese lecturers will steadily develop the research perspectives of each student. The research mind developed at the MBA will have a great impact on graduates’ career. We need the ability to acquire and utilize established knowledge that may be used someday, but in order to survive the uncertain, unstable, and competitive environment of the 21st century, we need to have the skills to determine what is knowledge and what is not. That will lead us to new knowledge for a better society.

5. What is the trend of an MBA in the world in the next 5 years?

I believe that MBA education leverages new digital technologies to provide students with a broader learning experience and enhance student engagement.

6. What are your impressions about MBA students?

I feel that Vietnamese students are very conscious of acquiring knowledge and skills. Our MBA students at VJU are also excellent and have potential. As an educator, I am pleased to be involved in educating students who have the potential to create leading businesses in Viet Nam and the world in the future. At YNU, I am in charge of the Business Modeling and Simulation, which is taken by many VJU’s MBA students who stay in Japan as an internship. In that class, when I asked the students to choose a theme for the business simulation, it was impressive that many students suggested agriculture and food-related themes. It reflects the situation in Viet Nam as well as the selection of the theme for the master’s thesis.

For everyone, learning something new is always a pleasure. I believe true learning is guided by a research mind. Hence, the research mind enriches not only your work but also life. Let’s make your life meaningful by acquiring the skills to continue learning in VJU’s MBA!

More about Prof. Motonari Tanabu:

  • Education background:
    1993 Undergraduate, Tokyo Institute of Technology,
    1995 Graduate, Tokyo Institute of Technology,
    1998 Postgraduate, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Research fields: Information Systems (IS), Simulation and Gaming (S&G)
  • Ongoing projects/research activities: Simulation & Gaming Approaches to Sustainable Development
  • Publications: See at https://er-web.ynu.ac.jp/html/TANABU_Motonari/en.html