Shizenkan Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation (henceforth Shizenkan) opened in Tokyo in August 2018. The school’s mission is bold and ambitious. It aims to present a new “whole-person” leadership approach and is committed to developing authentic risk-taking, innovative leaders with high aspirations, creativity and strength of character.
By integrating Western rationalism with Asian spiritual traditions, and leveraging innovation in science and technology for the betterment of humanity, it strives for a paradigm shift in leadership and management education, and aspires to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive society.
Shizenkan Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation builds on the legacy of the Tokyo-based Institute for Strategic Leadership (hereinafter ISL), which has educated more than 1,400 top business and social leaders since 2001. In partnering with like-minded institutions in Asia, Europe and the rest of the world, we want to help transform the prevailing global standard of management and leadership education that was developed in the U.S. over the course of 20th century, to help businesses and society confront the challenges in this century and the next millennium.
Shizenkan combines the US business school model, which excels at quantitative, logical and strategic analyses, with the design school approach that harnesses creativity and emerging ideas to empower people to sketch out a better world. We incorporate liberal arts education in an attempt to give students deeper insights into humanity and history in order to drive transformational initiatives. At Shizenkan, self-reflection and deep-seated Asian philosophies will help students to discover their inner voices, develop sensitivities to people and society, and instill a pride and passion that will encourage them to seek challenges for a better future.
Shizenkan opened to its first class of graduate students on August 20th 2018 and offers a master’s degree. The part-time, 22-month program is designed for professionals in their mid-20s to late-30s. Classes take place basically twice a week, in the evenings and weekends. The first intake was 84 students. Half the students will complete the program exclusively in English, and the other half basically in Japanese. Most courses are offered in both languages, which makes Shizenkan a truly bilingual school.
The diversity of the students, who come from the business, civic and government sectors – will help create an atmosphere where they can inspire and collaborate with each other across the boundaries of all three. Shizenkan has 60 faculty members from equally diverse backgrounds, including business and design schools, the liberal arts, psychology and coaching. The faculty consists of 15 full-time and 45 adjunct professors. The master’s degree, officially titled “MBA in Design and Leadership for Societal Innovation,” is accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, and symbolizes our aspiration to inherit the strengths of traditional MBA management education and at the same time go beyond that to prepare for the future.
|Institution||Shizenkan University Graduate School of Leadership & Innovation|
|Degree||MBA in Design & Leadership for Societal Innovation|
|Course||Two years in weekday evenings and weekends (part–time)|
|Capacity||80 split into 2 classes per year (one class in Japanese, the other in English)|
|Opening||August 20, 2018|
|Campus||2-5-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo–ku, Tokyo, Japan|
|President||Monte CASSIM*（Advisor for Board, Ritsumeikan Trust / Former Dean, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University）|
Minoru NODA (Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Meiji University)
Junko EDAHIRO（President, ISHES）
Hidetake ENOMOTO （Founder, Coaches Training Institute in Japan）
Daisaburo HASHIZUME（Sociologist / Honorary Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology）
Patrick NEWELL（Co-Founder, TEDxTokyo / Founder, Singularity University Japan）
Tomoyoshi NODA（Founder, Institute for Strategic Leadership / Former faculty member of LBS & INSEAD）
Seiichi OHTAKI（Former Professor and Dean of Faculty of Economics, Tohoku University）
Kunitake SASO（Founder and CEO, BIOTOPE）
Tetsuya SHIOKAWA（Representative in Japan, Xerox Corporation）
Seiji TAKEDA（Western Philosopher / Former Professor, Waseda University）
Yuichi YATSUHASHI（Senior Advisor, ACA / Research Professor, Academy for Global Leadership Tokyo Institute of Technology） etc.
Kazuhiro FUJIHARA（Reformist for public education / Principal, Nara Ichijo High School）
Shoshu HIRAI（Buddhist monk / Chief Priest, Zenshoan Temple）
Oriza HIRATA（Playwright / Director, leader of Seinendan / Artistic director of Komaba Agora Theater / Professor, Osaka University）
Hiroyuki MITANI（Former President, Novartis Holding Japan K.K.）
Shinji MIYADAI（Sociologist / Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University）
Yoshifumi TAGUCHI（Chinese philosopher / CEO, Image Plan Co. Ltd.,）
Kazuhiko TOYAMA（CEO, Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.）
Masataka UO（President and CEO, Japan Fundraising Association） etc.
Heang Chhor（Founder & Managing Partner, Qualgro Asean Fund / Former Head of the Tokyo office, McKinsey & Company）
Penny Low（Founder, Social Innovation Park / Former a Member of Parliament, Singapore’s People's Action Party(PAP)）
Yih-teen Lee（Associate Professor, IESE Business School）
Edson Kenji Kondo（Vice-Dean, National School of Management and Economics, Fundação Getulio Vargas(FGV)） etc.
|Chair||Tomoyoshi NODA（Founder, ISL）|
Tsutomu HORIUCHI（Professor,TAMA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Management &
Information Sciences Deputy Managing Director, Center For Social Investment / Auditor, UWC ISAK japan）
Takehiko OGI（President, Japan Human Resources）
Seiichi OHTAKI（Professor and Former Dean of Faculty of Economics, Tohoku University）
Tetsuya SHIOKAWA（Representative in Japan, Xerox Corporation）
Sandra Wu, Wen-Hsiu（Chairperson and CEO Kokusai Kogyo Co.,Ltd.
Executive Director Japan Asia Group Limited）
Seiji YASUBUCHI（Representative Director, Visa Worldwide (Japan) Co Ltd.） etc.
|Auditor||Shuichi MATSUDA（Honorary professor, Waseda University）
Ryoko NAGATA（Standing Audit & Supervisory Board Member of the Company, JAPAN TOBACCO INC.）
|Chair||Yasuchika HASEGAWA（Advisor, Takeda Pharmaceuticals）|
Jesper Koll（CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan）
Kakutaro KITASHIRO（Executive Advisor, IBM Japan / Chair of the Board Trustee of ICU）
Osamu NAGAYAMA（Chairman and CEO, Chugai Pharmaceuticals）
Ken SHIBUSAWA（Chairman, Commons Asset Management）
Motoaki SHIMIZU（Director, SHIMIZU CORPORATION）
Liling ZHANG（President, Daifu(CCTV) in Japan） etc.
Anil Sachdev（Founder & CEO, School of Inspired Leadership）［India］
Choelsoon Park（Dean, Graduate School of Business, Seoul National University）［South Korea］
Philippe Haspeslagh（Professor and Honorary Dean, Vleric Business School）［Belgium］
Henry Mintzberg（John Cleghorn Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University）［Canada］
Clayton M. Christensen（Kim B. Clark Professor, Harvard Business School）［USA］ etc.
Shizenkan is located on the 17th floor of the Nihonbashi Takashimaya Building, immediately above the Nihonbashi subway station, and a short five-minute walk from Tokyo Station. ISL, Shizenkan’s mother institution and partner, is situated on the same floor.
Nihonbashi is in the center of metropolitan Tokyo, and home of some of Japan’s oldest, most venerable firms. Shizenkan philosophy of “glocalization” means we encourage co-existing with, partnering with and co-prospering with the local community and learning from its management philosophy of balancing tradition with continuous innovation.
The name of the school, Shizenkan (至善館), derives from the Four Books and Five Classics of Confucianism (四書五経): Shi (至) means ultimate; Zen (善) means goodness; and Kan (館) means school. It implies a quest for great learning, or Daigaku (大学), which leads to ultimate goodness.
The logo of Shizenkan reflects the future we aspire to build. The black square indicates Western rationalism. The black ambiguous shape indicates Asian spirituality. It symbolizes the bridge for these two ways of understanding the world. We believe the integration of the two becomes the key to lead innovation and simultaneously prepare humanity for the 22nd century.
Shizenkan Leadership School
(Graduate School of Leadership and innovation, Shizenkan University)
|Addres||Nihonbashi Takashimaya Mitsui Bldg 17F, 5-1,
Nihonbashi 2-Chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103 - 6117