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Business Organisation and Management in Japan

Business Organisation and Management in Japan

Programme: M. Phil
Course No: EA 619
Semester: Winter 
Credits: Three
Course Teacher: Dr. H.S. Prabhakar
Content : Revised on 06 January 2007
Instruction Method: Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials
Evaluation Method: Assignments and End-Semester Examination



Introduction to Japanese Economic Strength: Select Comparisons: Us, Europe & Developing Asia.

Basic Characteristics of Modern Japan:

Value system, Social Structure (vertical society), Homogeneity in Ability, Hierarchy and Interpersonal Relationship, Stress and Strain, 
Integrity, Conformity and Competition, Group Orientation and its Impact..

Business History of Japan

Evolution of JMNCs

Select Case Studies

Management Techniques:

Evolutionary vs. Dynamic

Organic vs. Mechanistic

Management system and its characteristics:

Collective decision-making - RINGI system, Consensus approach, Life-time employment system and its changing aspects, Seniority-based Wage practices, company-based unions

Recruitment, training, performance evaluation, and promotion, impact of Internationalization on personnel practices.

Chuken Kigyo:

Management practices in small and medium business firms:

Labour Management Relations in Japan

Japan’s International Negotiating Style

Recession and Recovery (1994-2004)-Japanese Experience:


Rigidity vs. Flexibility

Transfer of Japanese management practices and technology and Japanese adapting to challenging situation. Impact of Globalisation- Labour Mobility and Capital Deployment (Kyosei debate) and attempts towards integrating with global economy.

The Bubble Economy Bursts:

1990s RecessionImpact - business and banks failure, rising bankruptcies,  

Structural reforms, corporate downsizing and rightsizing, and relocation of industries to  Asia, Rising Unemployment, Social Consequences (Welfare Schemes, Falling Birth Rate, Ageing Society)

Recovery and Prospects: special references to cases of success during recession

SUM UP: Merits and shortcomings of JABMAS

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.