Harald Conrad

Dr Harald Conrad

Honorary Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies

MA in Economics (Diplom-Volkswirt), PhD in Economics, University of Cologne

Contact details
Email: h.conrad@sheffield.ac.uk


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.


Recent and Ongoing Research Projects

Harald’s recent and ongoing research has focused on:

Research Supervision

I welcome in particular applications from prospective PhD students in the fields of Japanese management, business and economy.

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:
Robert Horn: Reforms of Japan’s higher education institutions: the roles of competition and internationalisation
Sharleen Estampador Hughson: Generating Soft Power Through Glocalization of Memory and the Everyday: The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme

The following students have successfully finished their PhDs:
Nicolas Garvizu: Cool Japan - the relationships between the state and the cultural industries
Seongjo Kim: Solidarity, labour and institution: the politics of health insurance reform in Japan and South Korea
Gunnella Thorgeirsdottir: Beliefs pertaining to childbearing in Japanese society



EAS144 Japan’s Economy and Management
EAS6227 Business and the Economy of Japan
MGT 62042 Negotiation and Intercultural Communication

Teaching Philosophy

I have teaching experience in a number of institutions in England, Japan, Denmark and Germany (University of Sheffield, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Sophia University, Copenhagen Business School, Munich University, Bochum University, Bonn University) and have taught at all levels (undergraduate, graduate and executive MBA). When teaching, I always view my role as that of a facilitator, encouraging the students to take the lead in participatory activities that avoid mere passive retention. Therefore, I base my classes on a multi-skills approach, involving reading, discussion, writing, presentations and case studies, thereby giving the students the chance to foster a range of aptitudes that will be of use outside the classroom. My lessons are designed to integrate the need for mastery of the materials covered, with development of the ability to actively apply the materials in a variety of contexts. Critical thinking, logical reasoning and articulate expression are all goals I encourage my students to reach, and which any future leader would find indispensable.

Media expertise

I am available to media organisations to discuss various aspects of Japanese economics and management practices. I have experience doing interviews with Bloomberg Television, Financial Times, The Guardian, Deutsche Welle, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Handelsblatt.

Please contact me either by phone or email to arrange an interview.



  • 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


  • 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 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