Public lecture video by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on October 5, 2016. Speaker was Jesper Edman, Assistant Professor at Hitotsubashi University.
Jesper Edman’s research focuses primarily on how Japanese corporations are responding to pressures for globalization and institutional change. His Ph.D. dissertation examined the introduction and diffusion of foreign innovations in the Japanese banking industry. Subsequent work has focused on the emergence of new industries in response to deregulation, and the strategies of foreign firms operating in the Japanese market. Currently, he is in the midst of a 5-year research project focusing on diversity initiatives among Japanese corporations, and their implications for both individual and corporate identities. This talk combines insights from these various research projects around the topic of “Japanese learning from gaishikei (foreign-owned companies).” Edman discusses the role of foreign firms in Japan’s economy, why they haven’t made more of an impact, and what might be done to change the situation for the benefit of both Japanese and non-Japanese companies.