Research Seminar

Research Report / Thesis Guidance

All GSIM students are required to write a “Research Report” or a “Thesis” for their graduation.  This is to comply with the regulations implemented by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture (Monbukagaku-sho) for graduate schools in Japan.  In order to complete this degree requirement, students choose their academic supervisors and take “Research Seminars” for three terms (or four terms in case of IMBA and E-biz).

<Choosing a Supervisor>

GSIM faculty members conduct individual orientation sessions so that the students can choose the most appropriate faculty members as their academic supervisors after learning each faculty member’s area of supervision and research interest.  After deciding on their academic supervisors, students start taking “Research Seminars.”

<Research Seminars as Required Courses>

“Research Seminars” are required courses and are offered in sequence: Research Seminar I (Fall), II (Winter), III (Spring) and IV (Summer, only for IMBA and E-biz students).  Students can learn necessary skills and methods from their supervisors to develop and complete the research report or thesis.  In their Research Seminars, the students will develop their research topics in consultation with their supervisors.

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<Research Report vs. Thesis>

The Research Seminar comes with two options: “Research Report” and “Thesis.” The Research Report option is recommended for all GSIM students while the thesis option is primarily for those students aiming to pursue research careers.  The requirements and evaluation criteria are accordingly different in each option.

<Team vs. Individual>

In some cases, the scale and scope of a research project might impose requirements that exceed the abilities of individual students. In such instances, upon recommendation of an academic supervisor and approval of the Dean, the research can be conducted by a team of students. However, team projects, while providing excellent learning opportunities for the students, may suffer from certain managerial challenges such as coordination overhead and free riding. Thus, GSIM generally encourages the individual research option. It should be also noted here that the team option is not available for the Thesis project.

A student is required to earn three credits (or four credits in case of IMBA and E-biz) from Research Seminars and submit an acceptable research report or thesis (grade of B+ or better) for graduation.

For more details about these seminars and schedule for writing the graduation research report, please refer to http://www.iuj.ac.jp/im-info/.

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Research Report titles of recent graduates

(Management)

  • Study of Leadership and Followership Relation in Asia: Empirical Study on Managers in AEON in Asian Countries
  • Motivation and Values of AEON: Leadership for Expansion into Malaysia, China, and Japan
  • A Preliminary Study of Subic Bay Port’s Sustainability: Lessons Learned from Rotterdam Port
  • Building up Competitive Advantage through Sustainable Development -A Case Study of Baosteel China
  • AEON’s Expansion into Asia: A Transnational Perspective
  • Ambidextrous Organization – A challenge for MNCs to Nurture Innovation
  • The element for success of Motivation in Pfizer Japan Inc.
  • How to Promote the Career Development of Foreign Studens in Japan
  • A Study on Samsung’s Global Strategy

(Marketing)

  • A model of global marketing in LG Electronics: An empirical research
  • MOBILE CONTACTLESS PAYMENT: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE JAPANESE AND KOREAN MARKET AND KEY FACTORS OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MOBILE CONTACTLESS PAYMENT
  • Building Sustainable Consumer Relationship through Consumer Generated Media by using Text Mining Technologies: The case of digital camera buyers and Amazon.com
  • Effect of Environmental Advertisement on the Process of Brand Attitude Formation
  • BRAND COMMUNITY DYNAMICS: CASE OF DISNEY’S ONLINE NEWSGROUPS

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(Finance)

  • Corporate Value, Cash Holding and Corporate Governance in Japanese Companies
  • The Effect of Corporate Social Responsibility Activities in Japanese Companies
  • The Effects of Human Resource Management and Knowledge Management upon the Performance of the Organizations
  • Proposal of the Use of Weather Derivatives for Risk Management of Local Government and Enterprises in Niigata Prefecture
  • Short-term Under-pricing Phenomenon of Initial Public Offerings (IPO): Evidence from Indonesian Stock Exchange 2000-2007

(IT/OM)

  • Kansei Engineering and New Just-in-Time System: Tools for Competitive Product Development
  • Strategy Map for Value-Based Management in Case of KASIKORNBANKGROUP
  • Information Technologies in Marketing with relevance to Kyrgyzstan
  • Web 2.0 Framework for Sharing Information between Government, NGO, Business and the Public (GNBP) Including an Application of Sharing Environmental Data
  • Assessment of the brand value – Using strategy map and Japanese brand valuation METI model on an insurance company in Vietnam