Managing in Japan

Doing Business During Interesting Times
Free Webinar
Thursday April 16, 2015 1:00 PM EDT

After spending most of the past 25 years in a recession, Japan is now flirting with the notion that it is finally back and many observers, both within and outside of the country, are taking notice. While even some of the more critical Japan watchers are saying that this time things may indeed be different, the fact is Japan faces some very serious challenges that may greatly undermine any chances of an economic recovery. It is also true that those very same challenges present some new and exciting opportunities for foreign investors. However, to capitalize on those opportunities foreign investors and managers must understand how to effectively manage in the current Japanese business environment. Therefore, this webinar will provide answers to the following questions:

  • Why are times so interesting in Japan?
  • What does Japan offer a foreign investor going forward?
  • What are the key practices of successful foreign managers in Japan?
Associate Professor & Toller Family Fellow of International Business

Dr. Jean-Paul Roy is the Toller Family Fellow of International Business and an Associate Professor at Queen's School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in administration, with specializations in international business and organizational theory, from York University. He also holds an M.I.R. and B.Sc. (Hons) degree in social psychology from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Queen's School of Business, Jean-Paul taught international business and cross-cultural management at the Schulich School of Business, York University (Toronto) and Memorial University (St. John's). Jean-Paul has also served as a Visiting Professor at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan and has been conducting extensive research in Japan over the past 15 years.

Jean-Paul's current research focuses on international strategic alliances, social networking, and cross-cultural management. He is particularly interested in how institutional environments influence the behaviours and performance of multinational enterprises and their executives. His most recent research endeavours follow two streams. The first stream examines those factors (e.g., the institutional environment, experience abroad, and social networking practices) that affect the partnering activities, concerns, and performance of multinational enterprises. The second stream investigates the social networking practices of managers in China and Japan, and how these practices are determined by the institutional environment in those countries.

Jean-Paul was the recipient of the 2010 Queen's School of Business New Researcher Achievement Award, and has twice been awarded major external Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) research grants. He is a reviewer for numerous top tier management journals and his research papers have been published in a number of leading journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Management and Organization Review, and Political Psychology.

Jean-Paul is a regular participant, panelist and presenter at many international conferences, including those hosted by the Academy of International Business, Academy of Management, Asia Academy of Management, and the Association of Japanese Business Studies.


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