Business Information

School of Business Administration        April 3, 2013

-Honing Analytical Skills Backed by a Broad Vision-

Companies today are under constant pressure at every level to make strategic decisions, both short- and long-term. The Business Information Course teaches information-processing techniques for the accurate analysis of contemporary corporate behavior and strategies, together with their theoretical basis; this is coupled with development of the comprehensive vision needed to analyze and predict the future direction of corporate competition, industrial systems, and industrial society as a whole. Focusing on corporate information and decision-making, the course provides training in applicable methods of statistical analysis and model-building, together with information-processing skills and an understanding of information systems. The current state of markets and the external business environment is also analyzed in the context of ongoing internationalization and deregulation, and an image of their future state is developed. The aim in studying the curriculum is to acquire the ability to analyze an existing situation and solve the problems that it presents.

Statistical Methods

Keywords: statistical data, methods of statistical analysis, model, data analysis
This course presents methods for the positive statistical analysis of economic phenomena by the application to economic data of statistical analysis techniques, such as regression analysis and multivariate analysis. Throughout the course, students do practical work using actual data.

Business Economics

Keywords: consumer behavior, monopoly and duopoly, game theory, market equilibrium, fiscal and financial policy
This course explains aspects of business in economic terms; topics include the theory of consumer behavior; corporate theories such as the theory of strategic corporate behavior (game theory), in which a company decides its own behavior while taking into account that of its rivals; market theory; and the changing world economy and the role of governments. The aim is to acquire the economic knowledge and logical thinking skills that are required by a businessperson.

Information Network

Keywords: network, information, enterprise, external environment, internationalization
This course deals with the role of information networks in modern corporations and industrial society. It explains both the direct effects on individual companies and industries of changes in the external business environment, such as globalization and the rise of information technology and networks, and also the ripple effects that such changes have on individual companies and industries via the changes that they cause in the industrial structure, communities, and society as a whole.

Information Processing

Keywords: information retrieval, spreadsheet software, Internet, effective use of information
The goal of this course is to acquire the information processing techniques and quantitative analytical skills required by students of the School of Business Administration, while making active use of the Internet as a source of business information and utilizing Excel spreadsheet software. Students also learn to make presentations using PowerPoint. It is assumed that students enter the course with basic computer skills.

Information Systems

Keywords: management information, management strategy, network, medium-range business plan, simulation
The role of information technology in corporate management is explained theoretically and empirically. The status of use of information systems is discussed, with the focus on management information systems that combine computers and networks. The essential nature of an information system is studied by examining actual successes and failures. The methodology of information system building is also considered, together with the process of knowledge creation in organizations.

Industrial Systems

Keywords: interindustrial structure, industrial organization, corporate organization
The course presents a theoretical analysis of interindustrial relationships, intraindustrial organization, and corporate organization, which together make up the economy. It focuses on real-world issues such as consumer protection, technological innovation, corporate behavior (including advertising and PR activities, "keiretsu " of intermediate organizations, and the problems of large and small enterprises, and explains recent theory and policy debates in plain language.

Market Systems

Keywords: market structure, corporate strategy and behavior, consumer behavior, market results, public policy
Production activity in our national economy depends on numerous companies which form competitive and cooperative relationships in the arena of the market (or industries). The government influences corporate activities in the market through public policy, including public regulation, public corporate activity, and the Anti-Monopoly Law. In this course, students learn how the competitive and cooperative relationships among companies affect consumers and the economy as a whole, together with the role and limits of public policy.

Business Model Analysis

Keywords: inventory control, replacement theory, queueing theory
This course takes up a number of business models, e.g., those used in inventory control, equipment replacement, or queueing theory (where "queueing" means waiting in line for services at a store or bank). Students learn how to analyze these models theoretically and empirically.

International Economics

Keywords: comparative advantage, trade profits, trade policy, foreign exchange rate, capital movement
Based on both micro- and macro-economics, this course explains why trade occurs, the advantages it offers, the domestic effects of tariff policies and import quota policies, how one nation's fiscal and financial policies affect other nations, the effects of direct investment, and related topics.

Data Analysis A, B

Keywords: data, data processing
In this course, students first learn the proper ways to handle different types of corporate and economic data, together with methods of analysis suited to the nature of the data. Then, using personal computers, they learn to handle real-world data and utilize them to conduct positive analyses of various social phenomena.