RIETI Policy Symposium

Global Management and Innovation of Japanese Enterprises - The Strengths of Global Management and Further Challenges


In an increasingly globalized economy and the shift to a knowledge economy, how to make best use of global management of Japanese corporations is put into question in order for them to survive global competition. How to construct innovation and supply chains in global corporate management is of particular and crucial importance in determining the international competitiveness of enterprises. Inside and outside Japan there are global corporations that take a global approach based on the competitive advantage they established at home, and those that take a metanational approach based on competitive advantage they established beyond their national borders. These firms are competing fiercely against each other in today's tri-polar market.

As Japanese corporations extend their operations globally, where should they find the optimal locations for their innovation and supply chains, and how should they combine their optimal resources in global corporate management to maintain dynamic competitiveness on a global scale? At the same time, in today's Asia, where U.S. and European corporations are increasing their presence and where local firms are becoming more competitive, how can Japanese enterprises maintain and further strengthen their competitive advantage?

During this symposium centered around RIETI's research results, participants including Professor Yves Doz, a pioneer in global corporate management, will discuss the issues and challenges Japanese firms will be facing in global corporate management. Discussion will focus on case studies of 1) overseas general semiconductor firms; 2) global innovation and corporate management of the domestic and overseas pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, and 3) the evolution of production, research and development of Japanese firms in the ASEAN area (Thailand's automotive sector). The symposium will further look into the policy implications as they relate to economic partnership agreements (EPAs) in the Asian region.


  • Time and Date:
    9:30-18:15, Thursday, January 26, 2006
  • Venue:
    Hall, Shinsei Bank (1st Floor, Head Office, 2-1-8 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
  • Language:
    Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Charge: ¥2,000 (an official receipt will be issued)
    (Student discount ¥1,000. Please present your student ID at the reception desk.)
  • Hosts: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Contact: RIETI
    KATAGIRI Yuki (Ms.), (Tel: 03-3501-8398)

* Streaming video footage of and handouts pertaining to the symposium will be available for downloading from the RIETI website after the event.
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9:30-9:40 Opening Remarks:
9:40-9:50 Overview of the Main Issues:
9:50-10:30 Keynote Speech:
"Tapping the World for Global Innovation"
Yves DOZ (Professor, Global Technology and Innovation, INSEAD)
10:30-11:00 Presentation
11:00-11:15 Q&A
11:15-11:20 Break
11:20-14:35 Session 1: "Issues of Global Innovation for Japanese Enterprises"
"Disadvantages in External Environments and R&D Management in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries"
- NAKAMURA Hiroshi (Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University)
14:35-14:45 Coffee Break
14:45-16:00 Session 2: "Evolution of Production, Research and Development of Japanese Enterprises in ASEAN" (Case Study the Thai Automobile Industry)
"Evolution of Production, Research and Development of Japanese Enterprises in ASEAN" (Case Study of the Thai Automobile Industry)
- OHKI Hiromi (Director, International Economic Research Division, Economic Research Department, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO))
16:00-16:10 Coffee Break
16:10-18:05 Panel Discussion: "The Strengths of Global Management of Japanese Enterprises and Further Challenges"
Presentation of the Proposal
18:05-18:15 Closing Remarks:
18:15-19:45 Reception
* The agenda is subject to change.