ICAS Event: Ulrike Schaede on "Japan's Most Profitable Companies - Sources of Success"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
7:00 p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30 p.m.)
TUJ Azabu Hall 212/213 (Access)
Ulrike Schaede
Robert Dujarric
Free. Open to general public.
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While the low average profitability of Japan’s listed companies is often deplored, there are in fact some highly profitable manufacturing firms in Japan. Who are these firms, and what do they do that makes them so profitable? The study uses data from the years 2006/07 (prior to the Lehman shock) to identify Japan’s profit leaders, and matches these data with qualitative information based on interviews. The study highlights several key features that these profit leaders share in common.


Ulrike Schaede is Professor of Japanese Business at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), at the University of California San Diego. Areas of expertise include Japan’s corporate strategy, government-business relationships, antitrust and financial markets. Her current research projects concern the strategic repositioning of Japanese companies to assume leadership in 21st century technologies, corporate restructuring, changing human resource practices and entrepreneurship in Japan. Her latest book Choose and Focus: Japanese Business Strategies for the 21st Century (Cornell UP, 2008) argues that Japan’s business organization has undergone a strategic inflection point so fundamental that our existing knowledge of Japanese business practices is no longer adequate for a full understanding of Japan. For more information the speaker please click here.

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