Ulrike Schaede

Japan’s Business Reinvention and the New Competitive Dynamics in Northeast Asia

October 28



Ulrike Schaede, Professor of Japanese Business at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, the University of California, San Diego

Free. Open to the public.


Companies in South Korea, Taiwan and China have beaten Japan at its own game, namely, the high-quality mass-production of consumer end products, office equipment, etc.. In response to their rise, Japanese companies have, slowly but steadily, repositioned to compete in deep-tech input parts and advanced materials, chemicals and components. Today, they combine to hold a 50%+ global market share in at least 500 distinct product categories that are critical inputs, with a wide size distribution of companies and market segments. This has resulted in the “aggregate niche strategy”, and it means that Japan is now the technology anchor of many global supply chains. Even though the end products do not carry a “Japan Inside” label, Japanese inputs have an important presence in our everyday lives, from airplanes to cars, computers and cell phones, no matter what the brand. This has created new trade and resource dependencies as well as competitive synergies within Asia, in ways that are often overlooked in the United States.
Dr. Schaede will discuss Japan’s new role in Asia and other topics based on her extensive research on Japanese business and management.

Ulrike Schaede is Professor of Japanese Business at the University of California San Diego. She is the Director of JFIT (Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology) and head of the International Management track at GPS, the School of Global Policy and Strategy. She has published five books and more than 50 papers on Japanese business organization, strategy and management. Her research interest is to understand the social and economic efficiency consequences of different ways of organizing business and the economy. Main study areas include Japan’s corporate strategies in light of globalization, financial market organization, corporate governance, employment, innovation and the new digital economy. Her new book titled The Business Reinvention of Japan: How to Make Sense of the New Japan and Why it Matters published with Stanford University Press in June 2020.
Her CV can be found here.

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Robert Dujarric
Co-Director, Institute for Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University Japan

Brad Glosserman
Visiting Professor at the CRS, Tama University and Senior Adviser at Pacific Forum

Akira Igata
Executive Director
CRS, Tama University