Testimonial: Noriaki Kusano

Class of 2016

St. Jude Medical (Abbott) / Medical Device

What made you decide to pursue an MBA?

When I changed my job, I felt my performance was less than optimal in the different corporate structure. I knew I will face many such changes in my career, and thought the MBA program would be the best shot to get insights into being an effective leader in an era of continuous change.

Why did you choose Executive MBA Program at Temple University, Japan Campus?

The Executive MBA Program at Temple University, Japan Campus seemed to address issues about global business operations that I am interested in. Plus, studying in English seemed more effective to use what I learn in discussions with my manager in the U.S. As job-related unforeseen events may happen during the weekdays and I am a father of two children, the weekend program seemed to suit my schedule.

Which course did you like the most? And why?

Managing the Enterprise from a Global Perspective. This course involved comparisons of different global organization strategies using real company cases. It made us think about matching structures to corporate stages and phases of growth. It also gave us some insights about matching our careers and passions to the right company with career stages in mind.

What is your best memory of the program?

The great sense of achievement came when my team made the great come back in the management game in the final course Enterprise Strategy Formulation and Implementation (Capstone Course), which required us to integrate the knowledge and methods we had acquired in prior courses. We made mistakes in the early stages and hit bottom, but then we executed our strategy with conviction and created the highest economic value and stock price. It was a great way to cap what we learned in the program. And of course, "just one beer" at the nearest bar with classmates was one of my best memories.

A message to prospective students

"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." When you worry about missing classes due to your busy work schedule etc., the concern will never go away so long as you have daily work to do. And worrying about it too much will kill altogether the idea of starting your MBA. But if you find the program relevant to you, start it anyway and focus on how to manage your schedule and how to leverage things you learn in the program. I found it way more productive starting something and facing the problems than just thinking about starting and never starting.