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GLOBIS University Students Win Japan Business School Case Competition, Dominating the Final Round and Sweeping All 3 Special Prizes


Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo – A GLOBIS University student team won this year’s Japan Business School Case Competition (JBCC), held on July 21. Among 119 teams from 23 business schools all over Japan, GLOBIS boasted four out of the five teams in the final round and all winners of the three special prizes.

JBCC is a competition for business school students to identify problems facing Japanese companies and propose solution strategies. This year marks JBCC’s 10th anniversary. Teams were evaluated based on their analyses of business environment and company situation, as well as proposed future growth strategies for agricultural machinery manufacturers.

The winning team, led by 2018 GLOBIS graduate Shimon Hayashi, proposed financing and organizational changes to realize digital transformation in agriculture. The team was highly praised by the judges for its “ability to analyze and develop medium- to long-term strategies.”

Yoshihiko Takubo, Dean of GLOBIS University, commented on the results: “I am very pleased that the GLOBIS team won the championship, as well as three special prizes. We are proud of the school spirit at GLOBIS. A great number of students devoted themselves to JBCC. Many of our graduates volunteered behind the scenes to provide administrative support, and a great number of friends went to the venue to support their classmates in the finals.”

Japan Business School Case Competition 2019
Results of the Grand Final: Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University

1st place (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award)
Shimon Hayashi team (Class of 2018, Tokyo Campus)
Members: Shimon Hayashi, Shoichi Sugiyama, Katsuya Ban, Tomoyuki Sato, Aya Sasaki

Harvard Business Review Special Award
Haruaki Adachi team (Class of 2018, Osaka Campus)
Members: Haruaki Adachi, Akihito Yasuda, Tasuku Ishiguro, Takeshi Fujiwara, Sonjin Che

Japanese Management Special Award
Kreis & Company Special Award
Mikitada Ooka team (Class of 2018, Tokyo Campus)
Members: Mikitada Ooka, Chie Tatsumi, Jun Takahashi, Hisashi Isahaya, Hiroto Kaneko


Shimon Hayashi team (from left):
Tomoyuki Sato, Katsuya Ban, Shoichi Sugiyama, Aya Sasaki, Shimon Hayashi

Japan Business School Case Competition 2019 Overview
Organizer:   JBCC 2019 Steering Committee
Date:      Sunday, July 21, 2019
Eligibility:    Students attending business schools or graduate schools (studying business administration) with a campus in Japan
Purpose:     Teams analyze problems faced by Japanese companies and compete through strategic proposals to solve those problems
Method:   Document review (qualifying), presentation (main selection)
Prize money: Winners 300,000 yen; runners-up 50,000 yen

GLOBIS University Recommended as a Venue for Employees to Learn
From February 18 to March 22, 2019, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. and Nikkei HR conducted a survey on how corporate HR employees at 4,779 listed companies view universities. GLOBIS University came highly recommended by many as “the kind of graduate school where employees want to study.” Respondents commented, “You don’t just learn academics–you learn to study from a practical point of view.”

About GLOBIS University
Founded in a small rented classroom in 1992 by renowned entrepreneur Yoshito Hori, GLOBIS University has grown to become the largest business school in Japan. With the principles of fostering skill development, a professional network, and a personal mission, the institution is committed to developing visionary leaders who create and innovate societies. GLOBIS University boasts a vast international faculty and five main campuses in Japan, as well as a Singapore Hub Campus to be established in October 2018–an important milestone on the road to becoming Asia’s No. 1 MBA. The Part-time MBA in English was launched in 2009, the Full-time MBA in 2012, and the Online MBA in 2017, bringing overall enrollment to more than 850 students in the 2018 academic year. GLOBIS University continues to expand its curriculum with course offerings in digital technology and entrepreneurship, promoting business mastery for an age of global innovation.

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