What makes our graduate school stand out from the graduate schools of other universities is our interdisciplinary business studies education. This characteristic can be seen in our history.
The Graduate School of Business was established by the faculty of the former Graduate Program in Business Administration of the Graduate School of Economics and the Graduate Degree Program in Applied Sociology of the Graduate School of Sociology, and it conducts interdisciplinary specialized studies in the field of business administration.
The Graduate Program in Business Administration conducted traditional business management education and research based on business administration and accounting, while the Graduate Program in Applied Sociology places its theoretical basis in industrial relations. The concept of industrial relations, born in the US, originally focused on fields such as internal operations, human relations, personnel management, and labor relations. In recent years, however, the concept has taken on a broader meaning, including corporate marketing behavior, consumer behavior, the relationship between industry and local communities or social activities such as seen in corporate social responsibility, and business strategies for responding to the rapidly changing values of industrial society brought on by the advancement of informatization and other corporate activities.
The Graduate School of Business has incorporated this new sense of industrial relations into traditional business management studies and, by researching and teaching on the current business climate of informatization, globalization, and diversification from a broader perspective, is developing a new generation of researchers and highly-trained experts.
Learn more about the history of management education at Rikkyo