International Workshop: Global HR and the Japanese Company

22–23 September 2015

Organised by:
Hendrik Meyer-Ohle, Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore
Harald Conrad, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, UK

Supported by:
The Japan Foundation

Facing the challenges of increased global competition and a shrinking human resource base in Japan, Japanese companies have found themselves under considerable pressure to reform their personnel management systems. In recent years, they have come up with a number of new initiatives such as the amplified hiring of young foreign graduates from Japanese and overseas universities as well as more systematic HR development programs for Japanese employees in overseas operations.

The purpose of this workshop is it to scrutinize these developments in the light of recent scholarship on international human resource management, boundary-less careers and diversity management. Moreover, the workshop brings together academics and HR practitioners to reflect on these and possible future developments and to discuss potential changes in university curricula in response to
these trends.

Download the seminar schedule from the right-hand side.

About Dr Harald Conrad

Harald Conrad is Sasakawa Lecturer in Japan’s Economy and Management at the University of Sheffield’s School of East Asian Studies. Prior to his post at the University Dr Conrad worked in Japan as Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies and Associate Professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. He also worked as a Japan Representative of the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tokyo.
Harald’s research focuses on Japanese and comparative social policy, industrial relations, human resource management, economic issues related to demographic change and cross-cultural negotiation behaviour. He is Director of Research of the “Business, Political Economy and Development” cluster at the White Rose East Asia Centre, a member of the International Advisory Board of Asia Pacific World and member of the editorial boards of Contemporary Japan and Japan Forum. From 2005 to 2011 he was elected Council Member of the European Association of Japanese Studies.

Prior to this international workshop Dr Conrad was invited to present the keynote speech at the 'Invest Tokyo Seminar 2015', organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in London. Harald spoke about 'Doing Business in Japan: Myths, Realities, Opportunities and Some Challenges'. Other speakers included representatives from the Japan External Trade Organization, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Accenture Japan and UK Trade and Investment.

Find out more about Dr Conrad’s Research