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"Japan's Corporate Renewal": Lectured by Dr. Ulrike Schaede (University of California San Diego- IRPS)
Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 6:00pm to Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 7:00pm

Portland State University Center for Japanese Studies presents Lecture Series 2007

"Japan's Corporate Renewal: Business Strategies in the 21st Century " Lectured by Ulrike Schaede (University of California San Diego: IR/PS)

Thursday, May 10, 6PM at PSU, SMSU room 327/8

Between 1998 and 2006, Japan experienced a fundamental transformation of its business laws, regulatory processes and business organization. Together with new competitive pressures stemming from globalization, these have combined into a "strategic inflection point", visible in a wave of "refocusing" of almost all large Japanese firms, away from highly diversified firms with unclear profit streams and towards reorganization around a clearly defined core competence. One result of this wave of reorganization has been the emergence of a vibrant market for spin-offs, mergers and acquisitions, as well as hostile takeovers. Another indicator of "new Japan" is the emergence of new companies and new market leaders, such as Softbank or Rakuten. This presentation discusses the ongoing changes in Japan's industrial architecture.

~~~Free and open to the community~~~

Co-sponsored by PSU Department of Economics & Master of International Management

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~Ulrike Schaede Biography~

Ulrike Schaede is an Associate Professor of Japanese Business at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), at the University of California San Diego. She is the author of Cooperative Capitalism: Self-Regulation, Trade Associations, and the Antimonopoly Law in Japan (Oxford UP, 2000), and many other books, papers, and chapters on Japan's government-business relationships, regulation, financial markets and industrial policy, and corporate strategy. After earning her M.A. and PhD degrees in Germany, she conducted research in Tokyo over extended periods, for a total of six years, as a visiting scholar at Hitotsubashi University, the Bank of Japan, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Her current research project focuses on corporate renewal and new business strategies in 21st century Japan. Schaede is bilingual, and fluent in Japanese.