Dr Harald Conrad

School of East Asian Studies

Honorary Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies

Profile

Harald Conrad is Sasakawa Lecturer in Japan’s Economy and Management at the University of Sheffield’s School of East Asian Studies. From 2000 to 2008 he worked in Japan as Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies and Associate Professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. From 2005 to 2008 he was concurrently 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.

Research interests

Recent and Ongoing Research Projects

Harald’s recent and ongoing research has focused on:

Publications

Books

  • Conrad H (2001) The Japanese Social Security System in Transition – An Evaluation of the Current Pension Reforms. München: iudicium Verlag. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Conrad H (2000) Reformen und Problembereiche der öffentlichen Rentenversicherung in Japan [Reforms and Problem Areas in the Public Pension System in Japan]. Marburg: Tectum Verlag. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Conrad H (2017) The 'Varieties-of-Capitalism' (VOC) and the 'Japanese Model' during Globalisation: Change and Continuity in Japanese Human Resource Management and Corporate Governance Practices since the 2000s In Kähler J & Revelas K (Ed.), Issues of the European and International Economy in the Era of Globalization (pp. 253-283). Erlangen: FAU University Press. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Conrad H (2016) Social policy responses to the 'gap society': The structural limitations of the Japanese welfare state and related official discourses since the 1990s, Social Inequality in Post-Growth Japan: Transformation during Economic and Demographic Stagnation (pp. 121-133). View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Conrad H (2016) Promotion and compensation In Haghirian P (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Japanese Business and Management (pp. 174-184). Routledge View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Conrad H (2016) Company welfare benefit systems In Haghirian P (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Japanese Business and Management (pp. 185-195). Routledge View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Conrad H (2014) Continuity and Change in Asian Employment Systems – A Comparison of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, The Oxford Handbook of Employment Relations Comparative Employment Systems (pp. 334-358). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Conrad H (2014) Converging to a New Type of Human Resource Management? – Compensation System Reforms in Japan since the 1990s In Kushida K, Shimizu K & Oi JC (Ed.), The Politics of Economic Restructuring and System Reform in Japan (pp. 173-197). Stanford: Brookings/APARC. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Conrad H (2013) Sozialversicherungsrechtliche Aspekte der Personalpolitik in Japan. [Aspects of Social Security Law in Human Resource Management in Japan], Personalwirtschaftlicher Wandel in Japan Gesellschaftlicher Wertewandel und Folgen für die Unternehmungskultur und Mitarbeiterführung (pp. 269-284). Springer-Verlag RIS download Bibtex download
  • Conrad H, Heindorf V & Waldenberger F (2008) Demographic challenges for human resource management practices and labour market policies in Japan and Germany - An overview, Human Resource Management in Ageing Societies: Perspectives from Japan and Germany (pp. 1-12). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Conrad H (2008) Introduction In Coulmas F, Conrad H, Schad-Seifert A & Vogt G (Ed.), The Demographic Challenge: A Handbook about Japan (pp. 815-820). Brill RIS download Bibtex download
  • Conrad H (2008) Chapter Fifty-Four. Human resource management practices and the ageing workforce, The Demographic Challenge: A Handbook about Japan (pp. 979-997). BRILL RIS download Bibtex download
  • Conrad H & Heindorf V (2006) Recent changes in compensation practices of large Japanese companies: wages, bonuses and corporate pensions., Perspectives on Work, Employment and Society in Japan (pp. 79-97). Palgrave Macmillan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Conrad H () Japanese Multinational Companies and the Control of Overseas Investments – The Role of Expatriates, Young Foreign Employees and Japan’s Soft Power In Aulakh P & Kelly PF (Ed.), Mobilities of Labour and Capital in Asia: Spatialities, Institutions, and Cultures Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. RIS download Bibtex download