Reimagining business education for the 21st century.


01.

Introduction

This website introduces the teaching and research activities of Prof. Sean M. HACKETT, Ph.D., an American business professor based in Tokyo, Japan.

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I am a professor of Management; my area of focus within Management is Innovation & Entrepreneurship. My academic homes at the Academy of Management – a global, professional association for management and organization scholars – are the Technology & Innovation Management Division, the Entrepreneurship Division, and the International Management Division. I have been teaching undergraduate and graduate students about Innovation and Entrepreneurship since 2001.

Since 2011 I have been adapting courses, contents, and teaching and learning techniques from top-tier, global business schools for use in Higher Education and Executive Education in Tokyo, Japan.

Figure 1. Transformative Learning Experiences.

As indicated in the figure above, my experience in the classroom has taught me that visible, active learning and teaching techniques connect motivated Students, world-class Contents, and a Professor committed to continuous improvement in ways that can lead to Transformative Learning Experiences.

Why is Transformative Learning important? Because Transformative Learning makes innovation and progress possible by enabling

“a perspective shift – a new way of seeing the world – by providing us with the opportunity to become aware of the interpretations and beliefs we hold as ‘the way it is'” presenting us with “the opportunity  to critically reflect on the underlying ideas, beliefs, biases, prejudices, social and cultural embedded-ness, and taken-for-granted assumptions that constitute
1) our worldview (model of reality), including our worldview about ourselves, others, the world in which we live and work, and
2) our frame of reference (mindset) relative to this subject or that subject.”

– Jack Mezirow and Associates Learning as Transformation (2000)

02.

Teaching & Research

My teaching and research interests are at the intersection of international cross-cultural management, innovation, negotiation, and entrepreneurship with a focus on how digitalization transforms existing businesses and makes new businesses possible.

At the center of these interests is a fundamental concern for helping students and professionals to improve

1) the quality of their thinking skills and communication skills;
2) their ability to make ethically-informed decisions; and
3) their ability to take prudent, principled, strategic actions in an increasingly globalized and uncertain world.

Learners who are interested in maximizing their opportunities to learn should keep the following quote in mind:

“Five best-practice behaviors help intentional learners get the most out of their experiences: setting goals, protecting time for learning, actively seeking feedback, conducting deliberate practice, and reflecting to evaluate yourself and determine your progress.”

– Lisa Christensen, Jake Gittleson, and Matt Smith

I believe that anyone engaged in the profession of teaching and facilitating learning in higher education and in corporate education needs to be familiar with the following texts:

  • Wiggins, G. P., Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by design. ASCD.
  • Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Christensen, C. R. (1991). Education for judgment: The artistry of discussion leadership. Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA 02163.
  • Mezirow, J. (1991). Transformative dimensions of adult learning. Jossey-Bass, 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104-1310.