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The changing focus of MBA programs in America: Leadership education at Harvard Business School
- Nobuo Sato (Executive Director of the Harvard Business School Japan Research Center in Tokyo)
American business schools have been accused of fostering self-centered capitalists whose only concerns are profits. The financial meltdown of 2008 re-ignited doubts about the ability of business executives to see beyond the next quarter. Is it really the case? Or are business schools now training managers and leaders who will have a broader perspective?
Japanese corporations now proclaim their desire to focus more on profits, return on equity, and alter corporate governance standards to give more voice to shareholders. All of these goals fit with the traditional pillars of US business education. But are US MBA programs themselves changing to broaden the curriculum to include more emphasis on broader social, political, and ethical aspects of leading large corporate entities?
Based on his experience as the head of the Harvard Business School Japan Research Center, Nobuo Sato, himself a Harvard MBA (class of 1982) will address some of his issues, focusing on Harvard Business School but also giving us a broad perspective on the changes in American business education and how they relate to Japan.
Executive Director of the Harvard Business School Japan Research Center in Tokyo
Nobuo Sato is the Executive Director of the HBS Japan Research Center in Tokyo.
Nobuo joined HBS in August 2009 and previously was a Partner at Egon Zehnder International for ten years, mainly covering the financial services sector in Tokyo. Before joining Egon Zehnder International in 1993, he worked at a leading Japanese bank, The Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ), for 15 years including six years in London and two years at HBS undertaking his MBA (class of 1982). He obtained his BA in Economics from Keio University in Tokyo in 1978.