Wharton Global Forum Tokyo_2

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Friday, May 24, 2013
11:00am— 2:30pm
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Palace Hotel Tokyo
1-1 1 Marunouchi
Chioyda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
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Day 2 Morning Sessions: Concurrent Panel Discussions #1 - #3


"“During a Global Modular Course, we’re not watching a video, we’re not reading a case—we’re actually talking to the managers in depth and touring their facilities,” says Morris Cohen, Wharton’s Panasonic Professor of Manufacturing and Logistics. “We put these elements together in an appropriate context, ensuring that the course isn’t just a range of visits, but a cohesive learning experience.”


The class kicked off in May during the Wharton Global Forum Tokyo, during which students engaged with hundreds of business executives and Wharton alumni, attended the Forum’s keynotes and master classes, and participated in a private panel featuring leaders from Boeing and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The integration of Forum content into the course exposed students to insights from panelists in a range of industries and functions. After the Forum, students visited Nissan’s Oppama plant and its Global Production Engineering Center, Tokyo Electron and Fujitsu Isotec.

“Students learned a lot—they don’t usually have the chance to visit manufacturing factories, and these were some of the best plants in the world,” says Cohen. “They really got to see how this part of business works, and for many it was an eye-opening experience.”(Source: Wharton Magazine)

This panel focused on the leadership lessons that can be drawn from making tough decisions and leading change during crises. The panelists each shared their leadership experiences, within government, business and the non-profit sectors, throughout the 3/11 earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Common leadership themes and lessons was drawn from the difficult challenges each confronted in the face of one of the world`s most severe natural/environmental disasters in recent times. 

"What placed this forum top of mind for me was the feedback I have gotten from attendees of last month’s Wharton Global Forum in Tokyo. Take what I heard from Joëlle “Jewel” Huijnen, WG’03.

As enthusiastic as Huijnen was about her experiences at her 10-year Wharton MBA Reunion—and she was enthusiastic—she all but gushed about the Wharton Global Forum in Tokyo.

She was first impressed by the overall size of the event; it was oversubscribed with at least 720 attendees.
“It didn’t feel that large … it felt intimate enough,” she added, largely because the event was well organized and scheduled with many small-group settings and sessions.

One of Huijnen’s favorite sessions was the panel titled “Risk, Challenges and Opportunities: Lessons Learned From 3/11.” Moderated by Eric W. Orts, the Guardsmark Professor and director of the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, the panel featured a who’s who of executives who stared down the massive Tohoku earthquake and its terrifying aftereffects: Hiroaki Fujii, executive deputy president and director of SB Energy Corporation; Hiroshi Hosoi, executive officer and senior vice president of JX Nippon Oil and Energy; Satoshi Kitahama, representative director of Kizuna Foundation; and Kenichi Shimomura, former deputy director general for public relations of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary. What impressed Huijnen was how the speakers were able to describe the scale of what happened and discuss what went wrong, what they learned from it and how they’ve already implemented changes based these lessons." (Source: Wharton Magazine)

Thomas S. Robertson on Dean's State of the School

Yuichi Hiromoto, WG'92, SVP and Division COO of the Industrial Finance Division at Mitsubishi Corporation

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