The Development Bank of Japan Inc. and Saïd Business School are jointly launching the Global Strategic Alignment Leadership Programme (GSALP).
Oxford Saïd and The Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ) collaborated to design the new executive education programme, which will provide DBJ’s future leaders with a key understanding of ‘Strategic Alignment’ and business critical leadership skills. Aimed at high potential future leaders from across DBJ’s business divisions, the programme is designed to create global leaders and transform the organisation in line with its Long-Term Vision 2030 which promotes sustainability management in “pursuit of both economic and social value”.
The best companies are the best aligned
Research by Professor Jonathan Trevor, Academic Programme Director for GSALP shows that the best companies are those that are the best aligned. ‘Strategic Alignment’ means that all the elements of a business, including its market strategy and the way the company is organised, are arranged in such a way that best supports the fulfilment of its long-term purpose,’ said Professor Trevor. ‘Securing alignment requires strong and systematic leadership at all points of the value chain but building and sustaining an aligned enterprise has never been more difficult because of the challenges of the 21st century operating environment which brings complexity, disruption and uncertainty. This programme for DBJ will develop their future leaders to be able to systematically choose best fit organisational strategies, capabilities, resources and systems to fulfil its purpose, making DBJ higher performing, and delivering the best chance of success in the 21st century global business environment.’
A number of Oxford Saïd faculty will work alongside DBJ’s executives, and invited guest speakers, to deliver the programme over two modules of class based tuition in Tokyo and Oxford starting in August 2018. Participants will learn through a variety of methods including lectures and workshops, while working on business impact projects and group assignments. Between the two modules the future leaders will work on an online component using the school’s new virtual classroom, the HIVE, to complete a learning journey that delivers a combination of global perspectives and experiences.
Mr. Hajime Watanabe, Deputy President DBJ commented: ‘DBJ has just embarked on the 2nd year of our 4th Medium-Term Management Plan and we plan to engage in further investment in Human Capital. There are two reasons why we decided to sign the partnership with Saïd Business School. First, our vision for the “pursuit of both economic and social value” matches the concept of “Strategic Alignment” developed by Professor Trevor. Second, DBJ is committed to developing high levels of business and leadership skills for employees so they have the ability to deal with the range of management needs of our clients, and Saïd Business School is able to deliver a tailored programme to meet those requirements.’
The programme is by invitation only, at the discretion of the two organisations.