Masaya MIYAZAKI Associate Professor

Department: Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Class Time: 2007 Fall Tuesday
Recommended for: Undergraduates

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Course Aims

In sync with some of the problems which modern firms face, we will go through some of the main theories concerning management. Students will be required to acquire 'Tools for thinking' in order to discuss problems related to the themes taken up in lectures.

Key Features

To make it easier for students taking their first shot at the management theory, I use recent examples (extracted from newspapers, news reports, etc.) to give them a better image of the problems which arise in the world of business. In addition, I also offer supplementary reading materials (consistent with the day's lessons) at the end of each lecture.

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We will work on themes such as follows

  1. Organizing markets
  2. Competition & cooperation
  3. Architecture & product development
  4. Trans-culture
  5. Organizations as inter-firm networks
  6. Organizations & corporations: Differences in concept


One assignment paper will be given over the course.

  • Pick an manager you are interested in, and write a research report on him/her.
  • The report's format should follow the style shown in `Manager's biography', in the text `Monozukuri management'.
  • Contents should fit within a single A-4 size sheet of paper.
  • Be sure to write down name and student ID number.
  • File report to course instructor(Miyazaki).

Course Schedule

Lesson Content
1 Introduction
2 Organizing markets (1): The garbage-can model/ Customer satisfaction
3 Organizing markets (2): Keiretsu transactions/ Organizational relations theory
4 Competition & cooperation (1): Evolution of cooperative action/ Competition as Conversation
5 Competition & cooperation(2): The de facto standard/ Strategic alliances
6 Architecture & product development(1): Product architecture/ User innovation
7 Architecture & product development(2): Producer/ Gatekeeper
8 Trans-Culture (1): Trans-national enterprises/ Organizational culture
9 Trans-Culture (2): The dominant logic/ Population ecology
10 Organizations as Inter-firm Networks (1): The value network/ Chain of knowledge
11 Organizations as Inter-firm Networks (2): Information stickiness/ Clusters
12 Organizations & corporations: Differences in concept
13 General explanation & the future views
14 The manager's experiences: Audio-visual references
15 Discussions with the participants


Grades will be based on final examination.

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