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Cross Cultural Management & Characteristics of Japanese Management

Date & Time: November 6, 2014 (Thu) 13:00-16:15
Place: 022 Lecture room (ES022), ES Building
Speaker: Prof. Yoshio Sano (Graduate School of Economics, Nagoya University)
Language: English

Dr. Yoshio Sano graduated from the faculty of foreign studies of Sophia University in 1976. After graduation, he joined Mitsui & Co, Ltd., and he worked on the representative in London from 1988 through 1997, and from 2004 through 2008. He experienced a forefront leader of global business field for a long time. At this time, he will talk about the above title by using the Japanese charismatic leader examples (Mr. Soichiro Honda and Mr. Tadashi Yanai). So, you will get a valuable content for the future global leader. It is highly welcomed to participate in this seminar.

For the companies with activities in the global market, cross-cultural management is one of the most important issues to tackle. Japanese companies have historically managed their overseas operations with personnel who were sent abroad from the headquarters, so-called "expatriates". These expatriates were supposed to implement the strategies set forth by the headquarters and often manage the locally employed staff with Japanese standards. They tried to bring "Japanese way" to overseas operations. However as the situation has moved to "globalization", such stereotype management styles had to be altered to accommodate more diversified framework. In the first part of the two-part lecture, we will look into the aspects of cross-cultural management, i.e. how things look differently in different cultures and we will try to figure out the advantages and disadvantages of "Japanese style management". We also look how the management look at people in the different cultures. In the latter part, we will take up two Japanese charismatic leaders, Soichiro Honda and Tadashi Yanai. Honda made up the Honda Empire on his own, but we would like to know how it was possible for him to do so. We also look at the current day charisma of Yanai: how he developed into the current management style and where he and his company Fast Retailing would go.

Part I Cross-cultural Management
 1. What is culture?
 2. Dimensions of Culture:
  (1) Universalism versus Particularism
  (2) Specific verses Diffuse Relationships
  (3) Neutral versus Affective Relationships
  (4) Individualism verses Communitarianism
  (5) High context versus Low context

Part II Charismatic Leaders of Japan
 1. Soichiro Honda
 2. Tadashi Yanai

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