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2012/2013  KAN-CBL_GIJA  Governance and Institutions in Japanese Context

English Title
Governance and Institutions in Japanese Context

Course information

Language Japanese
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
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, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Chiho Kondo - Department of International Economics and Management
Secretary Birgitte Hertz, bhe.stu@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 17-09-2012
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 internationalized, global economy.
Governance and Institutions in Japanese Context:
Type of test Oral with Written Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period Winter Term, Please notice that the exam takes place in January
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration 30 Minutes

The examination is oral and done individually. Based on the syllabus, the student is required to prepare a synopsis written in Japanese (800-1000 characters) aimed at clarifying a problem. The synopsis is handed in two weeks before exam ( se exact date on e-campus). The examination takes its departure from this problem, beginning with a presentation by the student and followed by an open discussion on the topic as well as other relevant topics covered in class.
A time of 30 minutes is set aside for examining each student (incl. deliberation), of which 5-10 minutes is allowed for the student presentation. Students receive two grades: 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 keys, 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 covered 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 organization 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.

Teaching methods

The course runs two or three hours per week for 10 weeks, totally 30 hours (Se the separate study plan). These hours will be devoted to language analysis and discussion of texts. Weekly discussion topics will be posted in advance on LEARN. 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.

Expected literature

Indicative literature:
A required compendium will be made available before the course begins.  The compendium will tentatively include readings from the following texts:
Tadashi Umezawa (1990/2004) “Kigyo bunka no kakushin no souzou? (Innovation and Creativity of Corporate Culture?)
Katsuhito Iwai (2005) “Kaisha wa dare no mono ka?” (To whom does the corporation belong?)

Last updated on 17-09-2012