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DIJ Business & Economics Study Group

The DIJ Business and Economics Study Group is an informal forum for scholars and Ph.D. candidates working in the field of business and economics studies. Speakers are asked to give a 45 min presentation, which is followed by a discussion session. Presentations are usually given in English.

If you are interested in presenting, please contact the Study Group organizer:

Markus Heckel


December 10, 2020
Linking Preferential Trade Agreements to Domestic Political and Economic Structures:
A Comparative Case Study of People’s Republic of China and Japan

Aya Adachi, Ruhr University Bochum & University of Duisburg-Essen


June 13, 2019
Making the Most of Scarcity? The Role of Natural Assets in Pre-WWII Japanese Economic Development

Jean-Pascal Bassino, ENS Lyon; CNRS research fellow at the French Research Institute on Japan at Maison Franco Japonaise

May 14, 2019
How Can We Explain the Lag of Japan’s Sharing Economy?

Junxi Yao, University of Sheffield

February 6, 2019
What Happens Abroad Stays Abroad? Expatriates’ Psychological Contracts

Tassilo Schuster, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


June 21, 2018
Market Reactions to Downsizing Announcements – the Role of Strategy and Knowledge Intensity

Daniel Ehnes, Goethe University Frankfurt


July 26, 2016
The Employees’ View on Cross-Border M&As in Japan: What do Employees Need to Speak in Favor of an Acquisition?

Kai Oliver Thiele, German Institute for Japanese Studies

July 19, 2016
Corporate Governance Regulation by Comply-or-Explain as Seen from Soft Law and Self Regulation

Michael Pfeifer, German Institute for Japanese Studies

March 23, 2016
An Introduction to Socio- and Econo-Physics - with an Application to the Japanese Economy

Juergen Mimkes, Paderborn University, Physics Department

February 17, 2016
The Business Judgment Rule in Japan and its Reception

Jesco Lindner, German Institute for Japanese Studies

February 3, 2016
Health and Home Ownership: Findings for the Case of Japan

Matthias Helble and Toshiaki Aizawa, Asian Development Bank Institute

January 15, 2016
Exploring the Effects of Transportation and Energy Infrastructure on Subjective Well-Being

Kong Joo Shin, Kyushu University


December 18, 2015
On the Importance of Being Fair -Antecedents and Consequences of Organizational Justice-

Vyara Radulova, German Institute for Japanese Studies

October 6, 2015
Changes of Female’s Life Satisfaction and Happiness before and after Marriage and Childbirth

Risa Hagiwara, Faculty of economics, Meikai University

June 15, 2015
The Employees' View on Cross-Border M&As in Japan: What do Employees Need to Speak in Favor of an Acquisition?

Kai Oliver Thiele, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany / Kobe University, Japan)

June 5, 2015
Hiring Fresh Graduates for Tokyo: Objectives and Obstacles of the Overseas Recruitment Activities of Japanese Companies

Hendrik Meyer-Ohle, National University of Singapore / Harald Conrad, University of Sheffield

May 27, 2015
What is the Problem with Economic Stagnation?

Johannes Hirata, Osnabrück University of Applied Science

May 22, 2015
Does the Expectation of Having to Look after Parents in the Future Affect Current Fertility?

Kei Sataka, Ritsumeikan University, Graduate School of Economics


June 10, 2014
The Physical and Social Determinants of Mortality in the 3.11 Tsunami

Yasuyuki Sawada, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Economics

May 21, 2014
A Report on Life and Health in Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Hiroshi Yoshida, Tohoku University; International Research Institute of Disaster Science

April 14, 2014
Global Performance Reviews and the Challenge of Multiple Role Expectations and Firm Strategic Objectives: Lessons from Japan

N. Sue Bruning, I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba

March 3, 2014
Fighting the Imbalance - Policy Holder Protection in Japanese Insurance Law - A Comparative Study

Köksal Sahin, German Institute for Japanese Studies


November 18, 2013
The Properties and Effects of Collectivism and Individualism in Japan: Two Perspectives from Cultural Psychology

Yuji Ogihara / Shintaro Fukushima

July 29, 2013
‘Creating a Pleasant Life’ – Mujirushi Ryōhin and Lifestyle-Consumption in Japan since the 1980s

Christiane Rühle, German Institute for Japanese Studies

April 22, 2013
Valley of Institutional Change: Japanese Political Economy 1990-2005

Sota Kato, International University of Japan; The Tokyo Foundation

February 25, 2013
Political Economy of Japan’s Consumer Finance: A long-term perspective

Adrienne Sala, EHESS (Paris)

February 4, 2013
Japan's 'Hidden Champions' in the Age of Turbulence: Staying Ahead Through Focus and Globalization?

Stefan Lippert, Temple University, Japan Campus


November 26, 2012
Designing Supply Chains for Overseas Markets: The Case of Korean Steel Maker POSCO in Japan

Sungwoo Byun, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo

May 14, 2012
A Japanese Perspective on Unforeseeable Economic Trends: “Heterogeneous Economic Entities” Increase Their Influence

Hirohiko Okumura, Gakushuin University

April 17, 2012
Assessing the Japanese Stabilization Policy since the 1990s

Gudrun Franzen, German Institute for Japanese Studies

March 12, 2012
Female Managers’ Career Development in Japanese Companies

Kuniko Ishiguro, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

January 30, 2012
Leadership Succession at Foreign Subsidiaries in Japan

Fabian Jintae Froese, Korea University


December 12, 2011
Diffusion of Self-Gift Consumer Behavior in Interdependent Cultures: The Case of ‘jibun e no gohoubi’ [Self-Reward] Consumption Practice in Japan

Satoko Suzuki, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Management

October 3, 2011
Japanese Women Working for Domestic Companies versus for Foreign Subsidiaries: Career Opportunities and Beyond

Markus Pudelko, University of Tübingen

June 13, 2011
Geeky-Girly Innovation: A Japanese Subculturist’s Guide to Technology and Design

Morinosuke Kawaguchi, Arthur D. Little (Japan) Inc.

May 23, 2011
Putting the ji in ji-bīru: Policy, Deregulation and Entrepreneurship in the Japanese Microbrewery Industry

Jesper Edman, Stockholm School of Economics

February 14, 2011
How was"iyashi" (healing) Commercialized and Institutionalized in Japan?: The Dynamic Interaction of Media Discourse and Marketing Behaviors

Takeshi Matsui, Hitotsubashi University


November 22, 2010
Your Eyes are Lifeless! Manga in the social construction of a gendered hierarchy of employment relations in the Japanese firm

Peter Matanle, University of Sheffield

July 26, 2010
Lifestyle changes in Japanese women

Ana María Goy Yamamoto, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

May 24, 2010
Job Embeddedness in Japanese Companies

Vesa Peltokorpi, HEC School of Management

March 15, 2010
University-Industry Collaboration from a Social-Anthropological Perspective – Hidden Dynamics in Japan

Nozomi Enomoto, Tokyo University of Science

February 15, 2010
Science-based clusters in Germany and Japan – Just old wine in new skins?

Per Larsen, Goethe-University, Frankfurt

January 18, 2010
The Japanese Model in Transition

Sebastien Lechevalier, EHESS, Paris


November 30, 2009
Japan's Electricity Deregulation: Prices, Profits, Productivity and the "Reform Idea"

Paul J. Scalise, Temple University Japan

November 16, 2009
Japan - Open Society, Closed Market? The internationalization of the Japanese economy and the crisis of 2008-09

Stefan Lippert, Temple University Japan

October 19, 2009
Corporate systems of continued employment and their contribution to an age-free labour market

Alexander P. Witzke, German Institute for Japanese Studies

March 16, 2009
"Absorptive Capacity" Revisited: Cases from Cross-Border Knowledge Transfer within Japanese Multinationals

Toshikazu Takahashi, PhD Candidate at Rikkyo University, Tokyo

February 3, 2009
Firm Selection and the Evolution of Market Structure: Evidence from the Japanese Motorcycle Industry

Masatoshi Kato, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo


November 18, 2008
Financing young high tech companies in Japan: The role of Japanese venture capital managers

Nikolaus Raupp, German Institute for Japanese Studies

August 25, 2008
Japanese Human Resource Management: Moving towards US-Style Practices?

Markus Pudelko, University of Edinburgh Management School

June 16, 2008
The impact of expatriate personality traits on cross-cultural adjustment: A study with expatriates in Japan

Vesa Peltokorpi, HEC School of Management, Paris