The Asia Business Leader Project (ABL) aims to cultivate human resources, capable of business expansion and new business development in Asian countries, by use of the research achievements in the field of local situations, history, societies, cultures, economics, industries and administrative structures in Asian countries which were accumulated through “Asia Business Leader Development Endowment Course” implemented from 2012 to 2014.
To this end, the ABL invites a number of lecturers, who are prominent researchers and top management of major enterprises from the Asian countries, to analyze the characteristics and success business cases in the country/industry to clarify priority actions to make successful business there. In addition to the lectures, the ABL conducts mid- and long-term internship at the major enterprises in the Asian country, which enables the interns to build close relationship with enterprises, governmental organizations, etc. on site, and which dramatically improves their ability to develop business in the country. Thus, the Project provides an unprecedented educational program and implements human resources development together with the ABL participant enterprises.
In 2020, the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19 caused the catastrophic damages on the Asian economy as well. Especially, the countries which has hosted the ABL researchers’ internship faced the pressing issues to develop new projects and business models for making their economic reform happen.
On the other hand, Covid-19 provided the global popularization of on-line and IT technologies. ABL leveraged them to be a reborn project during the pandemic of the corona virus disease by launching the International Business Cyber Lab. ABL continues its effort, together with the partners of Asian countries, to be an appropriate human resource development program in the Covid-19 era.