Hiroshi Ono will examine how macro-level global forces are shaping the behavior of firms and of individuals in the Japanese financial sector, with particular focus on the increasing influence of foreign firms. These firms bring with them employment practices that are more market-driven and less socially embedded compared to the Japanese status quo. The co-existence of the foreign and the domestic in the Japanese labor market provides a fascinating test bed to examine how local firms adapt to global pressures, and how workers navigate the changing institutional environment.
Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Hiroshi Ono (Ph.D. in sociology, University of Chicago) is Associate Professor of sociology at Texas A&M University. He is currently a visiting fellow at the University of Tokyo and Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). He has extensive international experience, having held professional and academic positions in the U.S., Japan, and Sweden. Prior to his current position, he was on the faculty at the Stockholm School of Economics where he was awarded the title of Docent (or second doctoral degree) in Economics. His research integrates sociology and microeconomics to study the causes and consequences of stratification and inequality, with applications in the areas of gender, family, education, and labor markets. His current work looks at patterns of career mobility in the Japanese labor market, and determinants of happiness in an international context. His papers have appeared in the Ameri can Sociological Review, Economics of Education Review, International Journal of Human Resources Management, Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Social Forces, and Social Science Quarterly, among others. (for more information please visit http://sociweb.tamu.edu/faculty.php?faculty_id=54)