(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.

<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.

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For more details about these seminars and schedule for writing the Research Report/Thesis, please refer to https://www.iuj.ac.jp/im-info/.

Research Report/Thesis work extending over the course of the entire 1-year program, including summer time, allows students to do a project that would use their learning at E-Biz and get close cooperation from the supervising professor. A Research Report/Thesis  project can produce, for example, a new business plan, a new business idea, a completely new technology, a strategic plan involving technologies, or a comprehensive industry analysis, or competitive strategy. The facilities available to the students, including unlimited access to E-Lab, and the close association with professors in both the E-Biz and MBA programs, as well as unprecedented access to industry experts, provides a unique opportunity to produce a thesis paper that will help in securing a very successful career after graduation.

Thesis titles of recent graduates

  • Developing A Sustainable Village Phone Model on Mobile Information Services
  • The Role of Internet in Bridging the Gap of Digital Divide in the Socioeconomic Context of Rural Bangladesh
  • Corporate Blog: Using Web Log As a Strategic Tool
  • Recommendations for Japanese handset manufacturers: How they will overcome difficulties in succeeding internationally
  • Relationship between Banking Business Model and IT Strategy: Case of Mizuho Financial Group
  • The Journey of Sony from Disruptive to Sustainable
  • Moving from e-ticket to a general payment mean; Suica experience
  • The Role of Intermediary in Electronic Industry
  • Exploring RFID Technology in Global & Japanese Retail Industry
  • Aligning Business Intelligence with Organizational Strategy
  • On-going activities of Mobile Banking in Financial Sector: Focused on Mobile Banking in Different Continents and Mobile Stock Trading in Japan
  • Contextual Location Based Service For Travelers

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