SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Management in Japan and Korea: Domestic and International Developments

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
Full Year

This module will provide students with a firm understanding of key elements relating to the development of the economies and hence the management environment of Japan and Korea, from an international management perspective. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, students will study a wide range of relevant topics from such disciplines as economics, international trade, human resources and business management. Topics covered include the economic, historical, geographical, demographic and political background of the economies of Japan and Korea, responses made to the economic problems of the past 20 years, responses to the emergence of China, diversity management and gender equality, creative industries and case studies.

Module sign-up information for non-departmental open option students
  • Required approval: Approval is required from the Law and Social Sciences Faculty Office
  • Required pre-requisite module(s): None
  • Year of study: 2
  • Maximum number of non-departmental students permitted per year: 10
  • Weekly timetable: One lecture (2 hours) and one tutorial (1 hour)

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Acquire a firm understanding of the key elements of the economies of Japan and Korea from an international management perspective

Method of assessment

This module is assessed by two essays worth 15% each and 70% by one three hour examination.

Suggested reading

Indicative only.

  • Witt, Michael A. 2014. Japan: Coordinated Capitalism between Institutional Change and Structural Inertia. In The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems. Michael A. Witt and Gordon Redding, eds. Pp. 100-122. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Witt, Michael A. 2014. South Korea: Plutocratic State-Led Capitalism Reconfiguring. In The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems. Michael A. Witt and Gordon Redding, eds. Pp. 216-237. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hasegawa, Harukiyo and Carlos Noronha eds. 2009. Asian Business and Management: Theory, Practice and Perspectives. New York: Palgrave.


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