An alternative to part-time MBA Programs, the Building Successful Organizations Program (BSOP) is a One Year (10 Session) Program designed to help busy professionals acquire the mindset – and the bias toward action – of a General Manager.
If you are interested in upgrading your leadership toolkit, but you do not have time to pursue an MBA (or, if you already have an MBA and you want a refresher), this is the Program for you.
BSOP runs on Learning Teams: You and four other professionals apply for admission as a team, and you progress through the Program as a team.
The Program has 10 face-to-face Learning Sessions, but it is designed so that Learning Teams continue to learn during the weeks when we do not meet as a Section Cohort. (At MDI.TOKYO, a Section Cohort is similar to a class; that is, it is a group of people who complete a Program or Course together. Each BSOP Section Cohort has up to 9 Learning Teams).
After completing this Program, Participants will be better prepared to think like a General Manager who is focused on managing innovation and growth, essential components for organizational success.
“Six key tasks… constitute the foundation of every general manager’s job: shaping the work environment, setting strategy, allocating resources, developing managers, building the organization, and overseeing operations.“
-Andrall E. Pearson
One Year Program
10 Learning Sessions
Dining B4 Learning
"What happens in a typical BSOP Learning Session?"
Each month, you and the members of your Learning Team will read a case study and various supplemental materials. As individuals and as a team, before the next Learning Session, you will try to identify the key issue(s) in the case, generate strategic options, and recommend one option for implementation. Working together, you will produce a 2-3 page Case Analysis Memo. This memo is submitted online to the Learning Management System.
After dining together as a Section Cohort (i.e. a Class), one Learning Team will take 20 minutes to present its analysis of the case and its strategic recommendation. A civil but aggressive Q&A session follows. The instructor guides the Q&A to ensure that the learning goals are achieved. At the conclusion of the Q&A, Learning Teams huddle up to write an After Action Report.
BSOP Modular Curriculum
In this module the Theory of Disruptive Innovation and subtopics such as resource allocation, interdependence, modularity, and commoditization are used to highlight the tremendous pressures being brought to bear on companies today.
02. Managing Barriers to Innovation
This module examines organizational resistance to change, particularly as it relates to the strategy development process. Subtopics include organizational culture, motivation and incentives, and cooperation.
03. Creating a Growth Business
In this module we examine tools such as jobs-based segmentation, crafting business models, planning tools, and new business initiatives.
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What is unique about BSOP?
BSOP offers a transformative learning experience that enables you to learn deeply at a manageable pace, while you continue to work full time. Each Learning Session includes a meal which helps ensure everyone arrives on time, is “fueled-up,” and is ready to learn.
In addition to helping you to develop the mindset of a General Manager, BSOP is designed to help you acquire the skills that are demanded by leading employers: Critical Thinking, Communication, Team Work, Leadership, and Ethical Reasoning.
Learning Teams & Section Cohorts
Maximum number of Participants on a Learning Team.
Maximum number of Teams in a BSOP Section Cohort.
Maximum number of Participants in a BSOP Section Cohort.
If your Learning Team consists of members from the same workplace or value chain, you can use BSOP to help build trust and commitment, address capability gaps by upgrading skills, and strengthen team dynamics so you execute strategy better at work.
Who Should Participate?
In principle, BSOP Participants will have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience, a willingness to commit to the success of their Team and their Section Cohort, and an ability to prepare for and attend each Learning Session.
Additional details can be found further below.
Testimonials from Former Students of Prof. Hackett
“I took 3 courses with Prof. Hackett in the fields of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The courses helped me to understand diverse industries and gave me the opportunity to practice and develop thought processes in strategic situations. I was able to apply that knowledge and experience in my post-merger integration work, including when I had to make recommendations to executive leadership.”
– Corina Stan, MBA.
“I’ve had the pleasure to take Entrepreneurship, Negotiation, and Innovation courses with Prof. Hackett. I’ve applied what I learned in his courses to the creation of three very successful products for my company that are revolutionizing the local market.“
– Fernando Ma, MBA.
“I took five Courses with Prof. Hackett. I learned theory, and how to apply it in the real world. Specifically, I used what I learned to help reshape my family business’ online strategy. This resulted in a 42% y-o-y increase in revenue from online purchases.
– Ronnie Sandström, MBA.
“Prof. Hackett specializes in educating students through effective design thinking and integrative thinking approaches. I use what I learned in his courses to strategically prioritize projects and scale a team. This resulted in 108% YoY growth in projects’ deliverables.”
– Panjapol Wariratanaroj, MBA.
How to Apply to BSOP
Path 1 GROUP – POWERED BY MDI.TOKYO refers to cohorts that are organized by prospective Participants themselves. Corporate Partners or community organizers interested in reserving a track should contact us.
Path 2 PRE-DEFINED GROUP – POWERED BY MDI.TOKYO refers to three pre-defined cohorts – Disruptors: Innovators, Entrepreneurs, & Business Owners; Women in Business; and Diversity & Inclusion. If you are a good fit for one of these cohorts, please apply using the online application form.
Path 3 PROFESSIONALS COHORT – OPEN ENROLLMENT refers to a single track (time slot) and cohort (batch of learners) to which any qualified individual can apply using the online application form.
Building Successful Organizations Program - Detailed Description
An alternative to Part-Time MBA Programs, BSOP is a focused, carefully designed and sequenced, one year (10 Session) Program that runs on Learning Teams. It uses the science of learning and carefully constructed social learning experiences to equip Participants with management tools and a professional network to help them increase the likelihood of achieving successful innovation and growth initiatives within their organizations.
Building Successful Organizations Program (BSOP) is for professionals who are ready to embrace the challenge and the responsibility of managing innovation and growth from the perspective of a General Manager.
Selection of Team Members is based on a combination of each individual’s professional and academic experience, personal characteristics and motivation, and willingness to learn and contribute to the exchange of ideas inside and outside of class. Additionally, each Team Member should have
+ a minimum of 5 years of professional experience,
+ a willingness to commit to the success of their Team and their Section Cohort, and
+ an ability to prepare for and attend each Learning Session.
Team Members who aspire to maximize the development of their leadership skills should also be prepared to help
+ set direction,
+ manage team performance, and
+ develop and influence fellow team members and Section Cohort members.
HOW YOU BENEFIT
BSOP is a premium learning experience that draws from the best practices of the world’s leading business schools. For this Program, MDI.TOKYO employs a novel Admissions Strategy with the aim of admitting Section Cohorts comprised of diverse, dynamic, passionate learners united by a shared interest. The Program uses a) reading materials from the digital repository at Harvard Business School Publishing, b) Learning Teams, and c) the science of learning to enable you to enjoy a Transformative Learning Experience that helps prepare you to build successful organizations.
BSOP is a one year program. In addition to an Orientation held in March, 10 Learning Sessions are held in Central Tokyo beginning in April and ending in February. (No Learning Sessions are scheduled in August or March). A dinner (or lunch if the Section Cohort is a daytime cohort), included as part of the Program Fee, is held immediately prior to the start of each Learning Session.
500,000 JPY + 8% tax (per Participant)
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION & EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
Building Successful Organizations Program (BSOP) is a cohorted, one year (10 Session) program.
The GOAL of BSOP is to acquire the perspective — and the bias toward action — of the General Manager with regard to managing innovation and growth, the foundation of long-term success for any organization. The OBJECTIVES for BSOP include developing the following skills: Critical Thinking, Communication, Team Work, Leadership, and Ethical Reasoning.
BSOP has three modules:
- Disruption: In this module the Theory of Disruptive Innovation and subtopics such as resource allocation, interdependence, modularity, and commoditization are used to highlight the tremendous pressures being brought to bear on companies today.
- Managing Barriers to Innovation: This module examines considers organizational resistance to change, particularly as it relates to the strategy development process. Subtopics include organizational culture, motivation and incentives, and cooperation.
- Creating a Growth Business: In this module we examine tools such as jobs-based segmentation, crafting business models, planning tools, and new business initiatives.
In this Program participants use management theory and case studies to address questions that are vital to the success of every organization. All case studies come from the repository at Harvard Business School Publishing. Together we will consider some of the following questions:
- How can we beat our competitors?
- Who are our target customers? How do we define them? Which prospective customers should we NOT serve?
- What is the correct way to segment our markets? What products or services will our customers want to buy from us?
- What should we make or do, and what should our value chain partners and suppliers make or do?
- How can we delay commoditization? What should we do when commoditization occurs?
- Who should we task with leading and managing this organization? Is the person we choose likely to succeed or fail?
- How do we develop an executable strategy?
- How can we build a productive culture in our organization?
- How can we change a culture that has become unproductive?
- How can we get our employees to enthusiastically support a new course of action?
- How do we manage and control the resource allocation process?
Building Successful Organizations Program (BSOP) is for professionals who are ready to embrace the challenge and the responsibility of managing innovation and growth from the perspective of a General Manager.
Selection is based on a combination of an individual’s professional and academic experience, personal characteristics and motivation, and willingness to learn and contribute to the exchange of ideas inside and outside of class.
In principle, Participants will have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience. Additionally, Participants should meet the following General Admissions Criteria:
- Be passionate about learning, and committed to attending each Learning Session and to completing the BSOP readings and assignments before each Learning Session;
- View lifelong learning as essential for personal and professional development;
- Seek to leverage learning to advance in their careers and/or in their ability to contribute to their organizations and society;
- Be willing and able to participate in a Program that is delivered principally in English. (Readings are in English, Presentations are in English, but, when meeting outside of a Learning Session teams may, of course, choose to operate in a different language);
- Be willing to engage in positive, professional behaviors and to embrace the Values articulated on the MDI.TOKYO website.
LEARNING TEAM USE CASES
BSOP runs on Learning Teams which usually have 5 members.
In principle, Learning Teams should demonstrate one or more elements of diversity, broadly defined.
Depending on your goals, Learning Teams might be structured to meet one or more of the following Use Cases:
- TALENT FAST TRACK: Learning Teams comprised of female and male professionals from the same company who are targeted for development and/or fast-tracking.
- GENDER DIVERSITY: Learning Teams comprised of male and female professionals from the same company who need to learn how to work well/better together.
- INTERNATIONALIZATION: Learning Teams comprised of a mix of Japanese and non-Japanese talent that need to learn how to work more effectively together while upgrading their professional skills.
- INTERNATIONALIZATION x GENDER DIVERSITY: Learning Teams comprised of male, female, Japanese, and non-Japanese professionals who need to learn how to work well/better together.
- FUNCTIONAL DIVERSITY: Learning Teams comprised of professionals with different functions (e.g. Accounting, Sales, Marketing, HR, Management) who want to leverage each other’s perspective in order to develop a more holistic understanding of business.
- VALUE CHAIN IMPROVEMENT: Learning Teams comprised of professionals, suppliers and clients working in the same Value Chain and who need to learn how to work well/better together as a networked team.
- FRIENDSHIP: Learning Teams comprised of professionals who are seeking to renew and/or strengthen the bonds of workplace friendship.
- STRATEGIC: Learning Teams structured for internal strategic reasons.
Participant-Centered Learning means that BSOP Participants can take an active role in the learning process. And, because BSOP is designed to run on teams, all work is completed as a team.
Teams are expected to meet prior to each Learning Session in order to complete assignments (Case Analysis Memos, and occasionally, Case Analysis Presentations) and to otherwise prepare to actively participate in each Learning Session.
Each Learning Session begins with dinner served from 6:30 p.m. until 7:15 p.m; Case Analysis Presentations and Discussions begin at 7:30 p.m. and usually end by 9:00 p.m. Learning Teams are encouraged to submit an After Action Report after each Learning Session.
Fundamentally, for one year, you and your teammates get to enjoy working and learning together.
BSOP is designed to enhance your management and leadership skills in a time when innovation and growth are requirements for success. In addition to the learning goal of helping you to develop the mindset of a General Manager, and the learning objectives of acquiring the skills that are demanded by leading employers (Critical Thinking, Communication, Team Work, Leadership, and Ethical Thinking) BSOP offers the following benefits:
- Applicability: Learning in the evenings (most cohorts) at a manageable pace while you continue to work full time affords you the opportunity to learn, reflect and then apply and test your new insights and skills in the workplace.
- Cohort Size: The targeted size of each cohort is a comfortable 45 professionals, enabling you to develop close friendships while optimizing the class size for high quality interactions and social learning experiences.
- Program Duration & Frequency of Sessions: The one-year, 10 session program schedule makes it possible to continue working while learning deeply and expanding your network.
- Science of Learning: Program design incorporates the science of learning — including the use of participant-centered learning techniques, reflection, and after action reports — to maximize learning outcomes while enhancing your critical thinking skills.
- Confidence: As you acquire an improved self-awareness and a deeper understanding of the requirements for building a successful organization, you develop the confidence that is essential for gaining the consensus required to implement new business initiatives.
- Teamwork Skills: The Program runs on teams. As you reflect on how you work with the members of your Team and your Section cohort, your performance improves and you develop insights on how to better manage teams and team performance within your organization.
- Strategic Thinking Skills: As you acquire new frameworks for understanding how businesses generate value in competitive environments, your improved strategic thinking and decision-making skills will enable you to better shape the future of your organization by connecting strategy to execution.
- Ethical Reasoning Skills: Consistently using ethical reasoning frameworks enables participants to align their business decision-making with stakeholder interests, contributing to their organizations — and society — in positive ways.
- Location: BSOP sessions are held in the evening (most Section cohorts) in central Tokyo, making it easy for you to make the most of the world’s most livable city and the capital of the world’s third largest economy.
- Network: In addition to the friendships you forge within your cohort, completion of the BSOP earns you a place in the MDI.TOKYO’s alumni network.
- Faculty: One faculty member proceeds with your cohort through the entire Program, enabling you to receive more personalized feedback and learning support as you progress through each module.
Upon completing the BSOP, participants will have improved management and leadership skills, and an innovation and growth mindset that prepares them to build successful organizations from the perspective of a General Manager.
SEAN M. HACKETT, PhD
BSOP is designed and led by Sean M. Hackett (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University ’05). Dr. Hackett has been designing and facilitating high-impact learning experiences for students and professionals from around the world since 2001. He is an American academic and consultant who has worked and studied in some of the best organizations and universities in the United States and in Japan. His published research on the incubation of new businesses continues to be widely cited. His current research interests are at the intersection of internet business strategy, innovation, negotiation, and entrepreneurship, with a focus on how digitalization transforms existing businesses and makes new businesses possible.
Prior to becoming an academic, Dr. Hackett worked for the American Electronics Association (now known as CompTIA) in Japan. His focus was software and electronic commerce. Dr. Hackett holds a B.A. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN); an M.A. in International Relations from Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan), and an M.S./Ph.D. in Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN).
- Application Period for the next BSOP is October 1 – January 31.
- Each team members should submit his/her online application as soon as possible and no later than January 31st.
BSOP was designed to create benefits for Professionals and their Employers. It is our hope that the Employer will sponsor your Participation in this Program. However, self-supported Participants are also welcome to apply.
You will receive a decision from the Admissions Committee by the end of February.
FEES, PAYMENTS & CANCELLATIONS
The Program Fee (500,000 JPY +8% tax, per Participant) covers tuition, access to the learning management system, and reading materials. The Program Fee also covers the cost of the meal that is provided just prior to each Learning Session. Currently, there is no application screening fee for BSOP.
No payment is necessary until you have been accepted into BSOP. After admission notification, we will send you or your sponsor (the “invoicee” person indicated in the application form) an invoice via email; payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date. If admission is within 45 days prior to the start of the program, payment is due upon receipt of the invoice. Payment is required prior to the program start date. We accept payment only by bank wire transfer or by credit card. Details are included on the invoice.
If you need to cancel, you must submit your request in writing more than 30 days before the start of the program to receive a full refund. Due to program demand and the volume of pre-program preparation, cancellation requests received 14 to 30 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of one-half of the program fee. Cancellation requests received within 14 days of the start of the program are subject to full payment.