Japanese management is characterized by a combination of indigenous cultural influences, early post-war borrowing of ideas and creative development. Changing Japanese economic needs, demographic shifts and evolving trends/lifestyles/habits seem to push Japanese management into a creative knowledge-based phase. The organisation of the course is chronological, starting from Japanese management’s basic features to revisiting its sustained and continued applicability, and finally to cutting-edge contemporary ideas. It is a course intended for class participants with no prior knowledge of management theories. It gives participants a broad and foundational understanding of J-management augmented by selected case studies. It is broad and foundational in the sense that the course and visits cover topics ranging from the basic features to recent case studies and then to the nuts and bolts of contemporary ideas. The combination of visits to a university, traditional companies and start-ups is optimal in reflecting the dual track economy in Japan where there is a large multinational sector co-existing with small-medium sized companies which make up a vibrant subcontracting and service sector in Japan. Student exposure to the diversity of company makeups will help to foster applied knowledge and understanding of Japanese corporate culture.As this course involves an overseas trip, students have to adhere to established thresholds for course progression and successful completion. The out of pocket expenses for the overseas trip is estimated to be about S$2,970 and is not included in the course fee. This amount will be borne completely by the student. The tour operator’s conditions for the study mission to Tokyo apply; these conditions include levy of cancellation fees, and fare forfeiture, for any uncompleted travel or cancellations. In view of the travelling period (weeks 7 and 8), should students wish to register for other courses, they are advised to choose those that commence in Term 1 week 1 and Term 2 week 2. Students must complete an online Pre-Class quiz during the given window period. Students have THREE (3) attempts at the quiz and are required to achieve a minimum grade of 60%; otherwise, they will be deemed WITHDRAWN from the course. If students fail any of the other OCAS components, they will be deemed WITHDRAWN from the course. If students fail (or do not submit) the ECA component, they are deemed to have failed (or withdrawn from) the course. There will be no resit for this course.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July