The Center for Asia-Pacific Exchange has developed a program to meet the unique leadership challenges that face the Asia and Pacific area in the 21st century. This area of the globe will be called upon to make new and distinctive contributions to its peoples and to the rest of the globe in the 21st century. The distinctive cultures of Asia and the Pacific will face new and demanding challenges, especially in business, politics, and national development in the 21st century. Developing leaders equipped to face these new challenges and able to forge new solutions is an urgent and daunting task.
CAPE's leadership program seeks to develop leaders who are able, effective, and balanced individuals; who comprehend and accept the challenges of global changes sweeping the region; and who view themselves as prepared to lead their nations by working harmoniously and cooperatively with other nations in the world. These new leaders will be educated and trained in a rigorous program that encourages a unique blending of culturally sensitive and relevant substance and contemporary organizational theory and skills.
The CAPE program will be flexible in the recruitment of participants with differing abilities, experiences, and attributes, and innovative in the delivery of courses and training. It will be rigorous in holding participants to high standards of achievement while providing instruction that is current, relevant, and forward thinking. Participants will develop capacities to anticipate and forecast change. Ethical concerns will infuse instruction at all levels.
The program is offered to both junior- and senior-level leaders as an accelerated and intensive course, lasting one month. It incorporates curricular materials designed specifically for this program and is presented in two options. Plan A consists of five courses, with six days per course, for a total of 30 instructional days. Plan B, offered as an intensive.
Values and Features
Explicitly focused on Asia and the Pacific, the program is determinedly cross-cultural. The CAPE program centers on the needs of Asia and the Pacific as a region and addresses leadership issues from that perspective. Through careful selection of subject matter, teaching faculty, workshop facilitators, and participants, the cross-cultural nature of these leadership studies will be a base-line feature of the program. Cross-cultural studies is not an isolated feature of the program; it is constructed out of a cross-cultural orientation that permeates all features of the program.
First and foremost, this program is focused on leadership. Unlike many professional development seminars for which leadership is but one component, for the CAPE program, leadership is the unwavering focus. Our program does not seek to replicate the subject matter of more traditional programs, but rather, we ask this question: What do leaders require in this particular subject matter area?
The program is based on our belief that effective leaders together are able to see and appreciate the complexities of "the broad view" -in effect, to be simultaneously visionary and critical-as well as able to make organizations work to achieve specific outcomes. This balance is emphasized is emphasized in the curriculum by a careful blending of theory and practice, history and analysis, scientific and humanistic views and training.
Our orientation is toward the paradigmatic leader of many Asian cultures in which the wisdom to lead combines with superficially conflicting elements: academic training supplemented by rigorous training in "the real world;" an appreciation for the received traditions of religion, philosophy, literature and history; as well as a sense of both the capacities and limitations that define human existence.
Leadership Theory and Practice: A summary of current leadership theory with rich historical examples, including case study analysis. The course employs a cross-cultural approach and employs both historical and theoretical materials.
Global Theory and Events: This courses focuses on the various and complex meanings of "globalization," the impact of many global phenomena on nations, including changes in the nature of the nation-state, and implications for the near and long-term future.
Leadership in Organizations: A survey of organizational literature in the West and Asia, and a review of organizational effectiveness and quality management. Focus includes business, government, educational and military organizations. Instruction employs case studies and examples drawn from multiple societies in Asia and the Pacific.
Leadership and Cultural Knowledge: A survey of the major cultural traditions in the Asia and Pacific region. Covers a survey of major historical groups, the influence of smaller cultural groups on larger cultural patterns, and a sense of how modernity has come to affect these traditions. Employs a comparative perspective and the use of many primary texts.
Leadership for Peace and Harmony: An introductory survey of conflict resolution, mediation, negotiation, and peace studies.
Politics of Asia and the Pacific: A survey course designed to provide the participant with a working knowledge of the basic features of government and politics in Asian and Pacific nations.
Asian and Pacific History: A survey of historical trends in Asia and the Pacific with a primary emphasis on those patterns which have led to cultural, social, linguistic, and religious convergences and divergences.
Futuristics: An introduction into this new discipline that provides the participant with an array of skills, including forecasting, backcasting, scenario building, etc.
Economics of Asia and the Pacific: This course presumes some background in basic economics. A brief review of economic history of the region, followed by a concentration on the historical development and features of those societies with the largest and most influential economies as well as the economies of poorer, subsistence societies.
Social Change: A persistent feature of the current era is the high rate of social change throughout the world. This course focuses on theories of social change and dimensions of change in several Asian and Pacific societies. § Technology in the 21st Century This course surveys the major technological trends of the late 20th and early 21st centuries and projects technological directions in the future. Participants are challenged to link technology with other aspects of leadership challenges.
Studies in Justice and Values: This course asks, "Are there universal theories of justice? Or are all theories of justice in some sense culture-bound?" This course offers a survey of the major theories of justice and strives to engage the participant in developing the implications of these theories to his/her own society, culture and religious tradition.
Political and Religious Philosophies of Asia and the Pacific: A survey course of the major political and religious philosophies in Asia and the Pacific with particular emphasis on their interactive influences. The participant will be asked to develop an appreciation of "modern" applications of these philosophies in contemporary practice.
Population and Health: Asia is the most populous region of the world. An appreciation of population dynamics and the health possibilities and issues that result from them is essential to well-rounded notions of leadership. Participants will be expected to do a future-oriented project based on various population and health models.
Modern and Post-modern Organizations: Most collective work is done through organizations, and organizations are changing character rapidly. This course focuses on how organizations have been studied in the past, major findings of organizational dynamics, and "new" theories of organizational change.
Directed Reading / Practicum: This course gives the participant an opportunity to articulate and explore a particular interest by developing a background for future elements in the program, e.g., research and fieldwork.
Comparative Management Systems: U.S. and Japan
Strategic Planning / Management
Information Technology § International Management and Industrial Relations
Human Resource Management
Changes in International Business Environment
Changes in Technological Environment
Multinational Business Management
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