Michiko HONDA

Service and Hospitality program:M2 2019-(Long-term study)

The Reason Why You Chose GSM

Michiko HONDA

Professor Kiyoshi Kobayashi (former Dean of the GSM, Kyoto University) said, "Kyoto University has a school spirit that emphasizes freedom and basic research and is a place to learn what to do instead of how to do.” Inspired by his words, I chose Kyoto University. There are many business schools but even if you gain knowledge as a tool to run the company smoothly, it is difficult to solve the real problems. I think it is necessary to have an attitude of pursuing the truth, not a superficial discussion. Especially in the hotel industry, where I have been engaged for more than 15 years, there is no definition for the basic terms of hospitality and service and it is an area that requires more fundamental discussion. One other reason for choosing Kyoto University is that this "service" course is provided.

What is the attractiveness of GSM?

I feel the charm of the place unique to Kyoto University. At the library, which boasts one of the largest collections of books in Japan, many students are devoted to studying and the classroom lights are shining until late, so you can fully immerse yourself in the learning space. As a working student, I feel even more luxurious that such a place is given. In addition, daily lectures provide access to cutting-edge discussions in various genres such as services, economics and AI and I am greatly inspired by discussing these topics with colleagues from diverse and unique backgrounds.

The Visions of Your Future

I would like to contribute to the hotel industry by reading and organizing the knowledge gained from 15 years of practical experience, from a business and sociological point of view. It is said that the Japanese service industry has low productivity and if you judge without academic knowledge, you may cut the cost that should not be cut and it weakens the company. The human service industry has a lot of tacit knowledge accumulated in individual employees and organizations which is both a strength and a weakness. While studying here, I feel that I am gaining a perspective on what to do, that is, what I must manage.

Your Recommended Subjects

"Management Theory of Integrated Hospitality"
We approach the unestablished concept of "hospitality" from various angles. We discuss what can be done and what can be improved of practical cases by “hospitality” as the source of value creation.
"Practical marketing"
Every time, the marketing manager of a well-known company is on stage and we can experience marketing practices.
"Theory of Securities Investment"
By learning what investors want from practical and theoretical perspectives, I was able to think about, for example, how to define success as a hotel business.

Schedule of Your Day

I applied for a long-term study system in order to balance work and study.
You can complete what you normally take in 2 years in 4 years.

〈One day in the first half of the 1st year〉
In the morning: remote work, writing reports, etc.
10:30-12:00 Lecture "Organizational Behavior"
12:00-13:00 Group discussion while having lunch
13:00-14:30 Lecture "Marketing"
14:45-16:15 Lecture "Theory of Tourism Industry"
16:30-18:00 Working on assignments and reports at the library
18:30-21:00 Group discussion and document preparation while having dinner
After 21:00 Working on business related task

Schedule of Your Week

Michiko HONDA
I go to school from Tokyo where I work.

〈The latter half of the 1st year〉
Saturday:Transfer from Tokyo Station by Shinkansen
    9:30 Arrive at Kyoto Station
    10:30-18:00 Lecture (stay at Kyoto)
Sunday: Assignments, report writing, group work discussions, business related task
      (stay at Kyoto)
Monday: Remote work in the morning,
    13:00-18:00 Lecture (stay at Kyoto)
Tuesday: 10:30-14:30 Lecture, return to Tokyo
Wednesday-Friday: Business work in Tokyo

Message for Applicants

Here is a place where you can learn as deeply and widely as you like. Since you study business management, I think that those who have a work experience will be able to learn more realistically, but even if you have no work experience, you can get
enough practical episode as there are many experienced alumni. The most important thing is to be greedy for intellectual quest in order to make your dreams come true. It makes your fulfilling two years at Kyoto University.