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2011/2012  KAN-CBL_GIJA  Governance and Institutions in Japanese Context

English Title
Governance and Institutions in Japanese Context

Course Information

Language Japanese
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture
Course Coordinator
  • Chiho Kondo - Department of International Economics and Management
Chiho Kondo
Main Category of the Course
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
There are two aims for this course. First, the course will extend and improve Japanese language competence in listening and speaking. Second, students will acquire a deeper understanding of Japanese corporate practices in a global economy. The course material and lectures will provide an analytical framework for Japanese corporate culture and corporate governance that will provide students, who successfully complete the course with an advanced understanding, useful in research and careers in our internationalised, global economy.
Governance and Institutions in Japanese Context:
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period December/January
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration 30 Minutes
The students will write a one page synopsis in Japanese that serves as the launch pad for a discussion in Japanese of the course literature. The examination will take 30 minutes (evaluation included). Students receive one grade that is determined by the content of his/her performance at the exam, and another that reflects his/her communicative skills in Japanese.
Course Content

Two key, interconnected course concepts are corporate culture and corporate governance. For corporate culture, we address the following questions and try to discern essential notions: what is culture, what is corporate culture? Why does corporate culture matter? For corporate governance, we will consider: how have corporations been governed in Japan? What brought about the Japanese banking system, long thought to be the major power for Japan’s economy, and what led to its collapse? What kinds of stakeholders initially, and subsequently, exist in the Japanese organisation and economy? And, finally, who owns the Japanese corporation, and on whose behalf does it function? Central to these concepts is the process of negotiation in the Japanese context. As the course proceeds, we will examine how corporate culture and corporate governance are negotiated in Japan. Key Japanese terms for this examination include “ J-pop” (Japanese pop) and “ J-cult” (Japanese cult).
Manuel indtastning Kursusmål/fagmål

Teaching Methods
The course runs three hours per week for eight weeks. Our weekly schedule will be divided into two parts: the first two hours (with Toyoko Sato) will be devoted to language analysis and discussion of texts. The third hour will be a lecture in Japanese and relevant discussions/debates with designated lecturers. Weekly discussion topics will be posted in advance on SiteScape. External speakers may appear when appropriate and available to extend the class network and aid in understanding. Students will also be expected to make brief presentations based on course readings and discussion.

Indicative literature:
A required compendium will be made available before the course begins. The compendium will tentatively include readings from the following articles and texts:
Tadashi Umezawa (1990/2004) Kigyo bunka no kakushin to souzou ? Innovation and Creativity of Corporate Culture ?
Katsuhito Iwai (2005) Kaisha wa dare no mono ka ? To whom does the corporation belong?
Brian Moeran (2005), “Sofuto ni uri, haado ni kasegu? Selling soft and earning hard: on marketing in Asian J-cult? in Ekkyou suru popyuraa bunka to souzou no Ajia
Charles T. Tackney ”Nihon roushi kankei to ikeru kisoku? Japanese Industrial Relations and ‘Working Rules’?” in Join April –May 1997
Toyoko Sato (1999), “Karugaru to Kokkyou wo koeru Miyazawa Kenji (On Kenji Miyazawa) in Miyazawa Kenji no ikikata ni manabu (Learning from the Life of Kenji Miyazawa)


Skal være angivet inden undervisningen starter, men behøver ikke nødvendigvis at være 100 pct. på plads ved 1. godkendelse af kurset