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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


May 19, 2008
Mergers in Japanese Company Law

Deniz Guenal, Universität zu Köln and Chuo University

April 24, 2008
ドイツ経営経済学におけるナレッジマネジメント論の展開 (The development of the discourse on knowledge management in German business studies)


March 17, 2008
Between Economics and Philosophy – Eastern and Western Approaches to Knowledge in the Economy and Their Possible Synthesis

Silja Graupe, Universität zu Köln and Hitotsubashi University

February 4, 2008
Marketing Knowledge Management – The Example of German Companies in Japan

Jeannette Wilhelmy, PhD Candidate, University of Marburg

January 29, 2008
ライン河上流のバイオ・クラスターにおけるガバナンス構造 (The Governance Structure of Biotechnology Clusters in the Upper Rhine)

Yasuharu Tanzawa, Professor, Chuo University


December 17, 2007
Safeguarding CSR in global supply chains - Japanese MNCs and compliance in China

Uwe Holtschneider, German Institute for Japanese Studies

November 12, 2007
Foreigners Sell: The Case of Japanese TV Commercials

Michael Prieler, Ph.D., Visiting Researcher, German Institute for Japanese Studies

October 16, 2007
Managing the complex relationship between cooperation and competition in the automotive industry – A comparison between German and Japanese supplier networks

Miriam Wilhelm, Free University of Berlin

September 25, 2007
Diversity within Convergence amongst Capitalist Economies: Politics of Labour Market Deregulation in Italy and Japan

Hiroaki Richard Watanabe, DPhil Candidate, University of Oxford

August 21, 2007
Implementation and Internalization of Merit-based Compensation and Promotion Practices: Foreign Subsidiaries in Japan

Vesa Peltokorpi, HEC School of Management, Paris

July 24, 2007
Defining the Knowledge Agent. Cross-Cultural Knowledge Transfer between Japan and Germany

Alexander Bargstädt, Sophia University

May 29, 2007
Circumstances for staffing expatriates to Japan-based foreign MNC affiliates

Ralf Bebenroth, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University

April 23, 2007
Standardization and modularization in automotive electronics – a comparison of German and Japanese activities

Raina König, Universität Hohenheim and Hitotsubashi University

March 12, 2007
Controlling Foreign R&D Subsidiaries: Empirical Evidence on Japanese Multinationals

Roman Bartnik, Visiting Research Fellow, Graduate School of Economics of Hitotsubashi University

January 29, 2007
The Japanese Way of Knowledge-Based Marketing

Florian Kohlbacher, Visiting Researcher, Hitotsubashi University


July 3, 2006
Cooperation and Competition in the Automotive Industry - Comparing German and Japanese Supplier Management

Miriam Wilhelm, Institute of Management, Free University Berlin and ISS, Tokyo University

June 27, 2006
Determinants of investment in Japan- the role of keiretsu

Jörg Mahlich, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber- Economic Policy Department

May 15, 2006
Good-Bye Japan? Market Withdrawals 1999-2005. Reasons, Barriers, and Company-Specific Factors

Steffen David, Doctoral Student, Institute for East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen

February 20, 2006
Japan - high growth rates, stagnation and recovery

Dr. Mechthild Schrooten, Professor, Hitotsubashi University

January 23, 2006
To Cooperate or Not to Cooperate - Japan's Potential for Regional Economic Integration

Klaus-Jochem Kecker, German Institute for Japanese Studies


September 28, 2005
Internationalization of the Innovation and R&D Management of Japanese and European Multinationals

Seiko Arai, Dr. Phil student, Said Business School, University of Oxford

July 11, 2005
University-Industry Collaboration in Japan

Nobuya Fukugawa, Graduate School of Commerce, Hitotsubashi University

June 20, 2005
The Choice between Joint Ventures and Wholly Owned Subsidiaries: the Case of Japanese Direct Investment in Europe

Kais Ben Youssef, University of Tsukuba

May 23, 2005
Japan's Tougher New Antimonopoly Law: Why It Passed and How It Will Change Japan

Mark Tilton, Associate Professor, Purdue University

April 11, 2005
The Sense of Working for Women

Ryoko Asai, Ph.D. Candidate, Meiji University

February 14, 2005
The Examination of Business Performance Factors in West-European Subsidiaries in Japan

Rene W. Kaeppeli, Ph.D. Candidate, Rikkyo University


December 6, 2004
Ticket Price Strategy for Space Tourism

Dr.-Ing. Robert Alexander Goehlich, Keio University, Department of System Design Engineering

August 9, 2004
Selfregulation, Rotation and Kaizen. Japanese Teamwork Restudied

Anne Sey, Department for Business Studies, Faculty for Economics at the University of Amsterdam

July 6, 2004
Telecom Industry vs. Car industry? Who owns the customer?

Sed Saad , Doctor of Sciences Candidate in Telecommunication at Waseda University, Visiting Researcher at Ewha W. University (Korea)

June 7, 2004
Corporate Governance in Multinational Corporations – Investigations in the Japanese Automotive Industry

Harald Dolles, German Institute for Japanese Studies

Andreas Moerke, German Institute for Japanese Studies

March 5, 2004
How Business Ventures Start and Develop: Exploring the Relationships between the Entrepreneur and the Venture's Stakeholders

Mark R. Dibben, University of Lincoln, New Zealand


November 25, 2003
Skill Formation and Human Resource Development in Response to the Second IT Revolution. A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Germany and Japan

Viktoria Heindorf, Research Assistant at Munich University, Japan Centre

November 17, 2003
Japan's FTA Strategy in Context: Multinational Firm Strategy and the Global Move to Free Trade Agreements

Mark Manger, Ph.D. Candidate, University of British Columbia

June 30, 2003
Stock Exchange Competition in Asia: Tokyo’s role as a financial center

Andreas Nabor, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA)

March 24, 2003
Investment Rules for the Global Economy - Bilateral and Multilateral Strategies to Protect and Liberalize Foreign Direct Investment

Mark Manger, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada

February 24, 2003
Japanese Electronics Companies on the Edge. An Analysis of Corporate Data and Corporate Strategies

Martin Kohlhase, Heinz Nixdorf Scholar


September 2, 2002
The German System of Foreign Trade Promotion: An Economic Analysis with particular reference to the Activities and Programmes in Japan

Norbert Schultes, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan

July 15, 2002
Gaijin in the Boardroom: Change and Continuity in Japanese Boards of Directors, 1983- 2001

Professor Dr. Teri Jane Ursacki, University of Calgary

June 24, 2002
In search of a new balance in the employment relationship – the case of Japan

Dr. Pamela Yeow, Chuo University

May 13, 2002
Does Trust matter? Insights into Japanese-German International Joint Ventures

Harald Dolles, German Institute for Japanese Studies

March 25, 2002
From High School to Work:Recent Changes in the Transition Process

Helmut Demes, Gerhard Mercator University Duisburg

February 18, 2002
Corporate Governance and Present Restructuring of Japanese Industry

Franz Waldenberger, German Institute for Japanese Studies

January 28, 2002
The Greater Success of the Japanese Mobile Internet

Jeffrey L. Funk, Kobe University


November 19, 2001
The Effect of Technical Standards on Trade-Flows: Why is Japan different?

Johannes Moenius, Northwestern University / University of Tokyo

October 22, 2001
Japan's crisis assistance to its production networks in East Asia: Throwing good money after bad?

Christian Schröppel, German Institute for Japanese Studies

September 20, 2001
Global Climate Policy: Will Bonn Save Kyoto?

Detlef F. Sprinz, PIK- Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

September 20, 2001
Global Climate Policy: The Role of Japan

Kawashima Yasuko, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba

July 2, 2001
The New Corporate Division (Kaisha Bunkatsu) law and its impact on the corporate landscape in Japan

Clay Kinney, Credit Suisse First Boston

June 4, 2001
Liberalization of Telecom markets in Western Europe and Japan: A Comparison of Business Strategies

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Müller, Berlin School of Economics (FHW) and Global Information and Telecommunication Institute, Waseda University, Tokyo

May 15, 2001
Labor management in China

Tomō Marukawa, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo