Business in English Session-ハイレベルな英語によるビジネス講義の試み [2017年10月07日(土)]

 皆さん、こんにちは。教員の前田です。
 本日は「Business in English Session-ハイレベルな英語によるビジネス講義の試み」のご報告です。

 現代ビジネス研究所所属の太田行信研究員(某大手証券勤務、米コーネル大MBA)を講師に、TOEICが700点以上の学生を対象に、英語によるビジネススクールメソッドによる講義を行うことにし、本日(10/7)がその第1回でした。

 ビジネスデザイン学科2年、3年と英語コミュニケーション学科3年を対象に募集したところ、集まったのは次の5人。TEE XIN YEEさん(ビジネス2年)、原菜摘さん(同)、市川実咲さん(英コミ3年)、池田悠佳さん(同)、齋藤麗さん(同)。ごく少人数による計5回の講義です。

 講義は土曜の午前。この講義に出たからといって、単位認定や特典めいたものは何もありません。それどころか、無断で欠席したり、ディスカッションに十分参加しないと、「もう来なくてよい」となる約束です。もっと勉強したい、成長したいという自分のやる気だけが参加・継続の源です。

 5回の講義のテーマは以下。
 第1回 International business and hunt for lower labor costs
 第2回 Corporate wrong doing and governance
 第3回 Effective presentation skills and IT marketing
 第4回 Scandal at Wells Fargo Bank
 第5回 Karoshi in Japan: Work-life balance and corporate responsibilities

 本日の講義用に、講師から出された課題(関連記事を読んだ上で考えておく)の一部は以下。
Which factors have affected these manufacturers’ decision to build factories in Ethiopia?

Based on Appendix 1, there are big difference in hourly wages country by country. Why? What is the implication from such big difference; opportunities or risks?

Some people criticizes employing workers at very low wages in such countries as Ethiopia. Why? What are the problems? What can be done to lessen problems?

China is known to have a large manufacturing capacity (“factory of the world”), attracting factories from all over the world. Based on Appendix 1, 2 and 3, please provide your observation on China’s industrial strategy. What does China want to achieve by building railroads overseas? Why does China help Ethiopia?

 参加学生の本日の感想は以下です。
“I had a so valuable time. Next time, I will try to search more deeply because my study before the discussion was not enough.”

“I was a little bit nervous in the first class, but I could learn a lot. It was interesting that other students had different views or opinions. I’m looking forward to the next class. ”

“I felt that this course is a challenge for me because I have just few knowledge of business now, compared to other members. However, it would be a great opportunity at the same time to think about how business is going better or worse and to prepare for my job hunting.”

“Joining Business in English session is a special plan for Saturday. Before we even meet each other in the class, we had some reading assignment from the lecturer already. That is what really makes me get excited. One of the best things of this section is we get to meet people from different department, which I think we rarely do. In addition, there are only 5 of us in the class, so we get to listen closely to each other.
Not only the group is great, I’m highly interested in all the topics that we have discussed and will be discussing in the rest of the section. As a business students, I think this is a great opportunities for me to learn more about the world.
Today is our first day and it reminds me of the days in Boston.”

“I’m in the second grade of business department. I learned a lot in this class. Topics are very interesting for me and it is really good opportunity to think about them deeply. In addition, small group class is easier to speak up and I can know others opinion better. From next class, I want to participate in class discussion more.”