This month the Department of Asian Studies hosted a guest lecture focused on Japanese culture and etiquette for students enrolled in the Introduction to Asian Cultures undergraduate course. The course introduces students to key features of China, Japan and other Asian countries, with a focus on communication and negotiation strategies. Cultural differences, language, social interaction, management practices, government and diplomacy are topics that are covered through the semester, with the intention of developing students’ capability to be effective in a cultural and business sense in Asia.
Throughout the semester the department invites relevant guest speakers to share their experience working within an Asian context. As our guest speaker for Japan, Shinka Management Director and university alumni Dr Paul Smith led a discussion with students on the topic of doing business with the Japanese. The guest lecture introduced the key skills required for successfully negotiating Japan from a business perspective, including coverage of key characteristics of Japanese culture, management practices and business customs.
Paul completed his undergraduate studies in Engineering at the University of Adelaide in 1999 before completing Masters and PhD studies at the University of Kyoto through a Japanese Government scholarship. Paul has 26 years’ experience living, working and doing business with Japan, and previously chaired the Japan Australia Business Council of South Australia over a period of six years. Paul currently runs lean consulting company Shinka Management, supporting clients in 48 countries with consulting, training and study tours focused on Japanese management philosophy and competitive systems and practices.
Paul has spoken with students of the University of Adelaide’s Department of Asian Studies in previous years through the Departments’ Negotiating Asia: Surviving Cultural Differences course on the topics of Japanese business etiquette and Japanese communication and negotiation skills.