SEAN M HACKETT designs and facilitates high-impact learning experiences for students and professionals from around the world.


SEAN M HACKETT is the Lead Experience Designer and Instructor at MDI.TOKYO (Japan), a leading management education services provider in central Tokyo. He teaches courses focused on entrepreneurial management, innovation & new business creation, negotiation, and cross-cultural management to students and professionals.

Prior to founding MDI.TOKYO, Dr. Hackett served on the faculty at WASEDA University in Tokyo, Japan from 9/2011 through 3/2017. He has also taught at Vanderbilt University (Tennessee) and Drexel University (Pennsylvania). Dr. Hackett’s research interests are at the intersection of internet strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship, with a focus on how digitalization transforms existing businesses and makes new businesses possible.

Before becoming an academic, Dr. Hackett worked for the American Electronics Association (now known as the Advocacy Group within CompTIA) in Japan. His industry focus was software and electronic commerce and his responsibilities included business development and international business facilitation.

Dr. Hackett has a B.A. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN); an M.A. in International Relations from Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan), and an M.S./Ph.D. in Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). As a Rotary Foundation Fellow, Dr. Hackett also spent nine months studying the Japanese language intensively at International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan).