This course aims to clarify the differences between the Japanese management system and the
American system. Over the last two decades, the appraisal of Japanese management has fallen sharply
from a high level during the 1980s, while the evaluation of American management has risen equally
sharply. In particular, in the “post-bubble” period in Japan, there is a strong tendency to criticise the
domestic management system, and praise American-style management nationwide. This raises a major
question:how can the appraisal of a well-established management system change so uncritically in a
stable and peaceful society ? We will discuss this issue in order to understand the significance of
Based on this understanding, we examine the current issues that both systems face today.
Message to those taking this Course:
Students are strongly encouraged to contribute to the class by actively participating in class
Based upon the lecturer's international management experience, including 12 years of overseas
assignments, many cases of international transactions and negotiations will be provided to make this
course more realistic, and to broaden students' understanding of global business.
Grading will be based on attendance, class participation, and a short tem paper.