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A German Japanese (Ad)Venture



Cross cultural bussiness

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  • 1. A German-Japanese (ad)venture Cifatte, Chiara Colmenero, Shanti Franken, Monique Pirttiniemi , Janne Sakowsky, Marc-Denis Zelionka, Rolandas
  • 2. Content  Don´t rock the boat  If you can´t beat them, join them  If the going gets rough, the tough guys get going  The pillars & core values of Japanese business life  Helpfulness of pillars & values during economic downturns
  • 3. Don´t rock the boat  This sentence refers to the warning of not destabilize a situation by making trouble. Advantages Disadvantages • Use an attitude more cooperative • Lack of strong/minority opinions • Predictability of the consensus • Not showing emotions can cause misunderstandings
  • 4. If you can´t beat them, join them  Idiom used to describe the overwhelming power of one’s adversaries and therefore it is recommended to join their cause rather than fight for your own in order to survive in the surrounding environment. Advantages Disadvantages • Allows weaker parties to survive • Could be hard to collaborate between parties • Provides more power, influence • Could be opinion disagreements • Helps to fight other adversaries between parties • Helps to achieve goals easier • Smaller party could lose their identity
  • 5. If the going gets rough, the tough guys get going  When situation gets difficult the most competent and strongest characters are more prone to act Advantages Disadvantage • Motivation to reach the goal • The possibility to loose the • Continue and adjust contribution of people who are not • Decisiveness tough • Lost of flexibility
  • 6. If the going gets rough, the tough guys get going  According to Hofstede Japan is a collectivistic culture  No individual efforts are made to change their plan and get tough in rough situations  The problem is rather solved as a group  The Japanese are not straight forward in their business communication, therefore though language in tough situations is not likely to be shown
  • 7. The pillars & core values of Japanese business life  Long-term orientation ◦ Company is like a family for employees ◦ Long-term strategies  Principle of harmony ◦ “Wa” is the harmony, the preservation of good relationships despite differences in opinion  Consultation system ◦ “Ringi seido” is a collective way of taking decision in job  Lack of trade unions ◦ No welfare system ◦ No strikes
  • 8. Helpfulness of pillars & values during economic downturns Long-term orientation Helpful Detrimental • The employees have security • During downturns the company is because of responsibility of reluctant to make employees employer redundant • Employees are very loyal to the • During changing situations the company company needs to train own employees which takes time and • The employees have the ¨know effort how¨ of the company • Sudden changes in economical • Economical planning is not short situation sighted
  • 9. Principle of harmony Helpful Detrimental • Comfortable atmosphere for the • Discussions to reach agreements employees can cause irritations and takes a lot of time (unable to make fast • Discussion until agreement is decisions) reached
  • 10. Consultation system Helpful Detrimental • Every employee has a say, ideas and • Process takes a lot of time and suggestions are taken in acquires involvement of a lot of consideration individuals • Ideas from all hierarchy levels in the • Inflexible system company
  • 11. Lack of trade union Helpful Detrimental • Companies are able to make • Employees have no association unpopular decisions and there is no who might be able to help them in opposition to the company power case of reducing the staff
  • 12. Thank you for your attention