Doshisha University Graduate school Technology & innovative Management|Education

Our Integrated Doctoral Program is designed to develop talented researchers and practitioners in the field of policy management.

The TIM Program has two key research-based objectives. The first objective is to utilize research on various topics regarding management of technology and innovation in enterprises. The focus of this research is to examine not only the technologies and innovation processes, but also the effects of technology and innovation on society. After completion of the program, participants should not only have an academic appreciation for these topics, but also have developed the ability to positively apply the knowledge to the real world.

The second objective is to utilize research comparing domestic, particularly Japanese, innovation systems with global systems in terms of competitiveness and sustainability. Policy research to this end will help to train the practitioner to use system construction thinking in the real world.

The Five-Year Integrated Doctoral Program

The TIM is a five-year single, continuous doctoral program that allows for longer term focus in participant’s education, research and faculty guidance.

The program is divided into two ‘halves’ (the first two years and the latter three years) . However, the five-year program allows for students to begin their own research early on and to continue working with faculty throughout the program.

In the first half of the program, focus is aimed more towards learning the basics of research both in "theory and in practice" . Students participate in faculty guided small-groups as well as in the step by step program designed to provide students the chance to acquire the knowledge and abilities required for their individual research. The cross-sectional approach of the program insures students are exposed to both the scientific elements (such as technology) and societal aspects (such as corporate strategy planning) of technology and innovation management.

In the latter half of the course, this interdisciplinary approach is continued both through classes with professors in the various fields and through traditional, individualized research guidance on student’s own topics .

An Interdisciplinary Learning Approach

The TIM Program’s objective is to train students from the perspective of both "Engineers with control over management" and "Administrators who can see their business from a technological point of view". Graduates will ideally be able to understand the essence of science and technology as it applies to their business, and enact management policy consistent with this understanding. To this end, students take an interdisciplinary course of study, incorporating the natural sciences, contemporary sciences, the social sciences and general humanities.

The first two years focuses more on basic knowledge, technology, and research competency as these topics relate to various problems encountered in the natural and social sciences , as well as in the humanities.

In the latter three years, students utilize the knowledge and technology skills they acquired in the first half of the program in their own dissertation. The real-world focus of the program throughout hones the study and skills of participants and allows them to become capable of analyzing various problems in today’s international societies both in terms of science and technology and the social aspects.

Many Courses Offered in English

The TIM Program offers a wide variety of courses in English. Visiting faculty from many foreign universities including Auckland University (NZ), Cambridge University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles and University of Michigan also offer lectures and credit courses for TIM participants.

Additionally, students have the option to participate in seminars such as the "International Ph.D workshop". This workshop allows students from affiliate universities to discuss their dissertation research openly with TIM professors and students.TIM students also have the opportunity to present at this workshop.

Considerations for Working Students

The TIM Program is designed to accommodate students who are working while studying. In addition to a general admissions process, special admission allowances for adult students and transfer students are being offered. The program also has been designed to allow students to complete the program in fields relevant to their previous research achievements and business experience.

In terms of lecture scheduling and research guidance, the program is constructed with consideration of each student's circumstances (such as their work situation). so that students can complete the degree requirements in the standard study period without compromising the quality of the degree. To this end, most courses are offered on weekends, and many are conducted in an intensive/immersion program format. Furthermore, remote educational support, such as thesis guidance via online IT, is available.