IXP Course: Japan; Innovating for Recovery: Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship - Harvard Business School MBA Program

IXP Course: Japan; Innovating for Recovery: Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Course Number 6062

Professor of Management Practice Hirotaka Takeuchi
On-Campus meetings during the Fall Term: TBD
January Term travel: Sunday, January 4 to Saturday, January 17, 2015
Program fee & travel costs (see details on financial aid eligibility)
3.0 credits applied toward Winter term requirements
Enrollment: 45

Career Focus

Post disaster settings provide opportunities to examine the effectiveness of leadership in mobilizing people and resources in highly dynamic situations. This course focuses on the links between strategy and innovation that prove useful in rebuilding a region post disaster. Students will examine and compare the styles and approaches of people working for a variety of different types of organizations operating in Japan, seeking to develop more general lessons about the effectiveness of alternative methods and business models of creating both economic and societal value in challenging settings.

Course Content and Organization

For the Japan IXP, students will work in teams to undertake a project with an organization, with the purpose of rebuilding the Tohoku Region from the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Teams will travel to Tokyo and the Tohoku Region to work on these projects, providing an opportunity both to contribute to the progress of the organizations with which they are working and simultaneously to examine the nature of leadership and the effectiveness of different approaches in such settings. Teams will gather in a larger group over the course of the IXP to identify and probe elements of the organizations they are observing.

During the fall term, several course sessions will take place on-campus, focusing on general lessons on how to create both economic and societal value while rebuilding the disaster-stricken region.

During the fall term, teams will work with organizations to define and scope projects that will take place in January. In January, teams will travel to Japan, where they will both contribute to the ongoing progress of the organization and attempt to identify the links between strategy and innovation that may be particularly productive in enhancing the rate of rebuilding.


There are no prerequisites.

The IXP Model

In contrast to FIELD 2 Global Immersions, IXPs are customized according to individual faculty research and are designed to enable students to take an active role in the construction of their learning. In many instances, IXPS are built with a specific focus in mind and teams of students are called upon to collaborate directly with local company partners to scope projects, collect data and organize work plans before and during the immersion. Alternatively, some IXPs are designed to provide a more macro-level understanding of business practices in a specific country, and require students to prepare for engagement with a number of firms representing multiple industries. Longer in duration than FIELD 2, IXPs also tailor learning via field-based exercises, panel presentations, guest lectures, alumni events and plenary visits to relevant companies and organizations.

Course Credit and Fees

Students who successfully complete this IXP (including participation in all on-campus meetings during the Fall term) will earn 3.0 course credits, which will be posted in the Winter term.

HBS will provide in-country logistics for IXPs (including accommodations, select meals, and local travel) but students will need to contribute a fee of $3,500 towards defraying a part of these costs. In addition, students are responsible for their round-trip air travel to Japan and any costs associated with required visa documentation and immunizations. Students who have applied for financial aid may submit for additional financial support to participate in this IXP. Please see the Financial Aid website for more information on financial support for IXP courses.

For detailed information about what the IXP program fee includes and excludes, as well as information about student accommodations, please visit the GEO website.