Dean's Message

 

    

 

    

  

 

 

 

 Prof.Takayoshi Egami

 Dean of the Okuma School of Public Management,

 Waseda University

 

 

 

The Okuma School of Public Management was founded in April 2003. Under the leadership which has been succeeded from past deans, the Okuma School has defined the essence of public management as the resolution of the shared problems in society as well as in specific fields through specialization and cooperation among public, private, and civic sectors. The balance between equity and efficiency is the lens through which we view the education and research at the Okuma School. I will continue this tradition as the fourth dean of the Okuma School of Public Management.

 

For the balance between equity and efficiency, I hope to develop at least three good perspectives that should be kept in mind at the Okuma School as we pursue our studies. The first of these is a clear understanding of one’s own self-interest. When someone is an interested party in a specific social context, it is very important that he or she discovers ahead of time the possible advantages and losses that might arise. One’s own emotions can take precedence in personal matters, of course, so it is extremely important to remain dispassionate.

The second perspective is an attempt to understand the interests of opposing forces. One person may benefit from a situation, but it is inevitable that others will oppose it. However, it might not be the case that someone only has to anticipate the views of others which are diametrically opposed to his or her own self-interest. It is important to sufficiently understand the confrontational situation and see the differing viewpoints by relativising one’s own position and that of opponents.

This brings me to our third and final perspective: looking out for the overarching interests of society as a whole. Here we move beyond individuals and their opponents. What, indeed, is the desirable course of action for the good of society? What circumstances must be avoided for the sake of society? I would like us to cultivate the ability to think about situations from the perspective of those who govern the society in their ownership.

When we are concerned about problems in our society, it is all too easy for us to criticise existing conditions. But rather than pass judgement, the question is what can we do to successfully deal with the issues that concern us? I would propose positive alternative courses of action as members of society. On these occasions, we are naturally very concerned about the pursuit of efficient behavior systems but we cannot stop there; we must stress equity as well. We should attempt to balance equity and efficiency based on certain conditions in the various specializations and occupational spheres. It is my opinion that this is what society demands of us, both today and in the future.

Here at the Okuma School of Public Management, both faculty members and students will continue their independent learning and research. As we nurture this approach and frame of reference, we will further the motto that was set at the founding of this school. I invite you to join us in this endeavor.

 

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