Management in Japan II

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Module overview

This core module continues the examination of the Japanese managerial context with more emphasis on the economic difficulties in the 1990s and on the subsequent changes in the socio-economic and managerial environment and in corporate strategy.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The overall objectives of the module are to:

  • Describe, explain and analyse the main features of the changing Japanese business environment after the ‘golden age’ of high speed growth
  • Examine some of the changes in the characteristics of firms after the high-growth era
  • Consider the implications of changes in the business world and firm environment for managerial strategies and choices

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

  • Explain the key events in the chronology of the lower-growth period as a context for business evolution
  • Evaluate key socio-economic challenges faced by Japan since the ‘bubble burst’
  • Envision the scenarios for Japan’s future growth


This module consists of a 1-hour weekly lecture over 10 weeks of term plus a revision lecture in term 3 as preparation for the final examination. Students will be supplied with a syllabus with a breakdown week by week of required and additional reading. Reading materials are usually accessed electronically from the BLE and students should come to class prepared.

This module also has a weekly 1-hour tutorial where the questions posed by the tutor relevant to the lecture are explored and discussed by the students. Students also prepare and deliver a short presentation.

Total Work load:
Students on this module will have 2 taught hours each week. Additionally, adequate personal study time should be allocated for reading and class preparation.

Method of assessment

Assessment for this module is in three elements:

  1. One tutorial presentation at 10%
  2. One essay of 2,500 words at 30%
  3. One unseen 2-hour written examination at 60%

All elements except the presentation may be resubmitted.

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