Research Activities

Research activities at GSM.
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Aug 30, 2019

Completed: 【KAKEN】An Empirical Investigation of Bridge Individuals and Bridging Roles in Multinational Companies

【Outline of Research at the Start 】 Using quantitative methods, the current research investigates bridge individuals and their bridging roles in multinational companies (MNCs). The main objective is to develop the framework, test the affecting factors, and gather the potential consequences of bridging roles. Specifically, this research investigates the underlying dimensions, identities, attitudes, behaviors, and cognitive characteristics of bridge individuals and examines the functional and linguistic perspectives of bridging, as well as interpersonal and emotional issues surrounding bridge individuals. 【Outline of Annual Research Achievements】 This research project aims to develop and test the theoretical model of the factors affecting bridging roles and the consequences of bridging roles. As the first year of this research project, I first conducted the theoretical study. I started from the literature review, with the research question of "What are the essential nature and underlying dimensions of bridging roles performed by bridge individuals in MNCs? " Integrating with the insights from the literature review and interviews I conducted in my previous research project, I completed two conference papers regarding the locally recruited parent country nationals (PCNLs) in Japanese subsidiaries. These two papers were presented at one domestic conference and one international conference. I also presented one study regarding bridging roles in the best paper session of Academy of Management (AOM) 2019 annual meeting and published in the Best Paper Proceedings of AOM. One book chapter based on this topic was also published in the Hiroshima City University Business Research Series in April 2020. Another two papers were accepted by two international conferences and will be presented in the competitive sessions. Through the first year of research activities, I further explored the new concept of PCNLs and their bridging resources in the context of MNCs. I also demonstrated a theoretical framework concerning the negative consequences of performing bridging roles by PCNLs. This adds significant value to the deeper understanding of the bridging role and bridge individuals in MNCs from the PCNL's perspective.

Project of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in FY2017 “Project to promote and enhance advanced professionals training”

What Should the Core Curriculum of Business Schools Be?
〜Project of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in FY2017 “Project to promote and enhance advanced professionals training” theme: Demonstration and improvement of core curriculum etc. in professional graduate schools of management (MBA)〜

Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University has been commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to conduct a survey and research on "Demonstration and improvement of core curriculum etc. in professional graduate schools of management (MBA)" in fiscal 2017 (1).

(1) Committee for the Commissioned Project for the Promotion of Enhancing Functions for the Training of Highly-Specialized Professionals (MEXT) (Japanese)

This project examined the state of business schools in Japan. The history of Japanese business schools is young and after the introduction of the professional graduate school system, some Japanese business schools have been born and are active around Japan since the beginning of the 21st century. Unlike in Europe and the U.S., many Japanese companies do not specifically position business schools and MBA graduates in their personnel policies, hiring, and evaluation. Under such an employment system, Japanese business schools have unique issues and themes to be challenged.

Moreover, changes are underway that will cause a major transformation of industry and society from the present day to the future. In such a drastically changing environment, the way companies and organizations should be and the way working people should work must also change. It has always been true that those who do not change cannot survive, and this is precisely the thesis that we must establish now more than ever.

The following five points are the main arguments made through this project.

  1. The education curriculum of the business school should be driven by clarifying its mission so that it proactively responds to the changing business environment (mission-driven).
  2. The education curriculum of the business school should be systematically designed so that the three points: goal-evaluation-method are consistent with each other based on instructional design.
  3. Learning goals for business schools should be defined as competencies, and each lesson subject should be provided and improved so as to satisfy the competency.
  4. According to surveys, learning at a business school etc. is not regarded as an important human resource development method for many companies in Japan, but companies sending employees to business schools or accepting graduates certainly recognize their value.
  5. According to surveys, it is highly appreciated that business school graduates (MBA) have learned a lot of competency items at school, and more than half of them are active in departments or positions of companies.

The project summary (English) and the full report (Japanese only) can be downloaded from the links below.

GSM Business Case Series

A website of the Business Case Series provides original business case materials developed by Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University (GSM) for use in its lectures/classes.

  • Business case materials are designed for a case method instruction.
  • The case method is a teaching method that emphasizing on discussions with case materials.
  • This website (LINK below) provides access to the " Business Case Series at Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University", a series of original business case materials developed by the faculties of GSM. The use of these business case materials is limited to the lectures/classes of GSM.
  • The cases that can be used will be specified in advance during lectures/classes.