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  • 1. Expectations of western managers in Japan By John Hayes, Sophia University, Tokyo
  • 2. Expectations Based on an the experiences of a Western manager working in Japan Often western manager s come to Japan with preconceived expectations. This presentation aims to dispel 3 common expectations of managers moving to Japan: These examples are taken from an interview with a Western Manager who was surprised with certain aspect of Japanese business life after his move. © John Hayes, 2009
  • 3. Language Expectation: English is widely spoken in Japan and in Japanese workplaces. © John Hayes, 2009
  • 4. Accessibility and Meeting Manners Expectation: Mangers will have easy access to fellow managers and subordinates and meeting will serve the same purpose as in a firm in the West © John Hayes, 2009
  • 5. Time Expectation: Western managers will have similar time commitments in Japan as they did in their home country © John Hayes, 2009
  • 6. Summary Western manager: Be open to new experiences and points of view Don’t make the mistake of thinking that since you’re working for a Western firm in Japan that the company culture will be the same as that in the home country! Enjoy your time in Japan! © John Hayes, 2009
  • 7. About This Project These slides are part of a student podcast project related to the book “J- Management: Fresh Perspectives on the Japanese Firm in the 21st Century” edited by Dr. Parissa Haghirian of Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. For further information about the podcasts and the book, please visit www.parissahaghirian.com These slides are to be used for teaching and educational purposes only.