Institute for the Economy of Japan

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We offer a range of modules focussing on the economic and cross-cultural conditions that form today's international management environment in East Asia. Our courses aim to provide an introduction into the international management field, from an Asian perspective, and combine top-notch academic research with practical implications for doing business in these markets. Where possible, we draw on the expertise of external guest speakers, incorporate intercultural or communication trainings, and seek to incorporate current case studies into our courses. Our seminars come to life through group discussion, thus active participation is encouraged and expected.

Current students can find detailed requirements and support on how to write seminar papers and final theses in our student guidelines on academic writing (PDF, 13.9 MB).

Teaching philosophy

The department’s teaching concept is based on the philosophy of education in terms of personality development. Our aim is to teach students how to think and not what to think. This means that we do not simply provide facts (“know-what”), but also focus on methods (“know-how”) and develop awareness (“know-why”) in the context of international management. This includes the exposure to diverse perspectives (theories, ideologies, stakeholder perspectives, value systems, etc.) and the application of various teaching methods (instruction, group work, presentations, simulations, role plays, videos, papers, etc.).

Student participation

All our courses rely heavily on class discussion to advance learning goals. It is therefore expected of each student to participate actively. Lecturers will encourage group debate by creating an interactive atmosphere.

Class attendance

We expect that participants of all our classes attend each scheduled sessions. In case that a participant is not able to attend class, it is his or her responsibility to ask his or her peers for the contents covered during the missed session as well as for any organizational or exam-related announcements.

Announcements from lecturers

Announcement from our lecturers (e.g. recommended readings, deadlines, changes in venues, etc.) will be made on the department’s homepage, via email to your campus account, or the course’s LSF page. It is your responsibility to check these regularly for any updates.

Language requirements

The main language used in our courses is English. We do this to encourage students to actively practice the language skills needed in an international business environment. While grades may be adjusted in written assessments in case of very poor spelling and grammar, the focus is on content and not on language proficiency as such.

Examinations and assessment

All students are required to register for exams via the LSF. This applies to both domestic and exchange students and covers all types of courses (lectures, seminars, and colloquiums). Please also note that this registration is different from your course enrollment at the beginning of the term. It is mainly intended to allocate the course appropriately to your study modules. Please reach out to the respective examination office or program coordinator for further details and assistance. Students will be comprehensively informed about the assessment criteria in the first meeting of each course.

Exam feedback & review

After grades are published through the LSF, information about dates for the exam reviews will be published on our homepage.