|科目名／Subject||日本的経営入門／Introduction to Japanese Management|
|開講学期／Semester||2015年度／Academic Year 後期／Fall Semester|
|開講曜限／Class period||月/Mon 5|
|配当年次／Years||2年 , 3年 , 4年|
|更新日／Date of renewal||2015/03/03|
／Course Objectives and method
The aim of this course is to introduce students to Japanese management. Students are expected to have learned the basics of business organizations prior to enrolling in this class. Students are expected to understand concepts such as corporation, revenue, income, monopoly, organization chart, stock, debt, etc.
There are certain immutable aspects to business in any country and Japan is no different in this regard. Enterprises in the United States, or Europe, or Japan, or elsewhere are financed with debt and equity. Companies create value by providing their customers with products and services, and over time, companies need to be profitable. Managers follow strategies and policies; and organizations are almost always arranged into functional departments. In this course we study these issues as they pertain to Japanese management.
Japanese business is nevertheless unique in other ways. There are important differences that distinguish Japanese companies from companies in other countries. Some of these distinctions developed as the result of historical processes, or culture, or geography, or demographics. We explore strengths and weaknesses that set Japanese businesses and Japanese management apart from business in other nations. Since I am American and have experience and familiarity with business institutions both in the United States and Japan, sometimes during this course, we will contrast Japanese and American business institutions and management practices. There are fascinating differences here, in particular, regarding human resource practices and in the management methods that are used in manufacturing enterprises.
Week 1 Course outline
Week 2 and
Week 3 Commercial history and geography of Japan - Contents include
Week 4 Japanese Multinational Corporation and Important Japanese industries - 1
Week 5 Japanese Multinational Corporation and Important Japanese industries - 2
Week 6 and
Week 7 Human Resource Management
Week 8 and
Week 9 Corporate structures in Japan
Week 10 and
Week 11 Nature of manufacturing enterprises with a special emphasis on the automobile industry
Week 12 and
Week 13 and
Week 14 Lean manufacturing in Japan - Toyota Way and Toyota Production System
Week 15 Review for final exam
Grading will be based on class participation, an individual paper concerning a topic related to Japanese management, and a final exam.
Quality of class participation: 10%
Japanese Industry Paper: 40%
Final Exam: 50%
Each student who attends in this course is required to purchase the books listed below:
Jacoby, Sanford M. (2005), The Embedded Corporation, Princeton University Press
(ISBN: 0-691-11999-6) and
Liker, Jeffrey. (2004) The Toyota Way. McGraw-Hill (ISBN: 0-07-139231-9).
Other materials will either be provided by the professor or are available from the internet.
pdf files of each lecture will be given to the students prior to class. Students are encouraged to review the lecture material before attending the lecture. All lectures are conducted in English. Students attending this class must have a working knowledge of computers and will have to use the Internet in their studies. Students are responsible for the material in assigned readings and lecture material.
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