intermediate seminar

Numbering Code U-ECON00 20020 SJ43 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year 2nd year students Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Wed.4
Instructor name TANAKA AKIRA (Graduate School of Economics Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course Research on Japanese Industrial History and Japanese Industrial Theory
(1) Students will read excellent research in the fields of Japanese industrial history and Japanese industrial theory (including international comparisons and international relations). Students will read through research papers that discuss specific circumstances unique to industries from a historical perspective in order to cultivate the ability to see through long-term trends in a changing business scene. Based on the case method, the course will use a large amount of concrete and factual information to explore the factors that determine the character of the industry in question under the changing macroeconomic and social environment, as well as the essentials of organizational decision-making and corporate behavior.
Students will read a selection of academic books that are interesting as stories and that have won prominent awards and are highly regarded among experts. Students will read one book each in the first and second semesters as a standard.
In 2020, we read through the following texts.
In the first semester, we will read the following textbook: Jun Akahane (2014), "The Development of the East Asian LCD Panel Industry: The Rapid Catch-up of Korean and Taiwanese Firms and the Response of Japanese Firms," Keiso Shobo. He was awarded the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize.
A History of the Pachinko Industry: From the Peripheral Economy to the Giant Market, Nagoya University Press. Suntory Prize for Creative Writing.
(2) The person in charge will give a 5-minute presentation on recent economic news, and all students will exchange opinions. Take up articles from the Nihon Keizai Shimbun's "Keizai Kyoshitsu" (Economic Classroom), "Keizai Ronbun kara" (From the Economic Forum), or other articles with an equivalent amount of information. Students are expected to pay close attention to the historical background of the facts reported, as well as economics and business administration analysis.
(3) Individual or group research. Students are not obligated to do this for credit, but are encouraged to be creative and self-motivated, and will be guided and supported so that they can complete their thesis at the end of the year. Fieldwork will be conducted outside of class. In the seminar, students will present the progress of their research and discuss it with others.
(4) The motto of the seminar management is respect for students' autonomy, emphasis on preparation before the seminar, discussion based on evidence and facts, and high-density management. Based on the agreement within the seminar, seminar camps and exchanges with other seminars inside and outside the university will be held.
In principle, regular seminars are held in the fourth period, focusing on textbook reading, and research presentations and guidance are held in the fifth period as needed.
Course Goals Through the reading of texts, students will (1) read the literature carefully, understand the contents of the texts, summarize the contents, and practice discussion with others based on the texts. In addition, students will acquire the ability to (1) read information accurately from books, documents, and actual sites, and (2) summarize the information in writing. Throughout the year, students will deepen their knowledge of several industries with different characteristics, and practice reading the diversity of industries as well as broad trends.
In addition, through the exchange of opinions on economic news, students will acquire the ability to discuss current issues from a professional perspective as economics students.
Students are required to submit book reviews on the texts at the end of the first and second semesters.
Third year students are encouraged to submit a seminar paper in lieu of a book review at the end of the second semester.
Fourth year students are encouraged to submit an interim paper in lieu of a book review at the end of the first semester.
Fourth year students are encouraged to submit a graduation thesis or seminar paper in lieu of a book review at the end of the second semester.
Schedule and Contents (First semester)
1st week: Kick-off meeting. Explain the outline of the seminar, and decide the division of roles within the seminar, the plan for the first semester, and the person in charge of each report.
2nd – 14th week: Students will learn based on the content presented in "Overview and purpose of the course" and the plan decided in the first session.
15th week: Individual and group research presentation.
(Second semester)
1st week: Kick-off meeting. Explain the outline of the seminar, and decide the division of roles within the seminar, the plan for the first semester, and the person in charge of each report.
2nd – 14th week: Students will learn based on the content presented in "Overview and purpose of the course" and the plan decided in the first session.
15th week: Graduation Thesis and Seminar Paper Presentation.
Evaluation Methods and Policy (First semester)
Normal evaluation (participation in the seminar, submission of book reviews, mid-term papers, and other assignments discussed in the presentations and readings, their contents, and other contributions. (Points will be added to the mid-term paper submission).
(Second semester)
Normal evaluation (participation in the seminar, submission of book reviews, graduation thesis, seminar paper, and other assignments, and their contents, and other contributions. (Appropriate marks will be given for submission of graduation theses and seminar papers.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Preparation for various presentations (if applicable). Read the relevant part of the textbook in advance and prepare at least one discussion point (all students).
Textbooks Textbooks/References (Reference 1: R02 textbooks)
赤羽淳 (2014)『東アジア液晶パネル産業の発展――アジア後発企業の急速キャッチアップと日本企業の対応』勁草書房(第31回大平正芳記念賞受賞)。ISBN 978-4326503964
韓載香 (2018)『パチンコ産業史――周縁経済から巨大市場へ』名古屋大学出版会(第40回サントリー学芸賞受賞)。ISBN 978-4-8158-0898-3【R02年度後期教科書】

(Reference 2: R03 textbook waitlist)
唐沢龍也 (2019)『広告会社の国際知識移転と再創造』文眞堂(第10回多国籍企業学会賞受賞)。ISBN 978-4-8309-5018-6
川上桃子 (2012)『圧縮された産業発展――台湾ノートパソコン企業の成長メカニズム』名古屋大学出版会(第29回大平正芳記念賞受賞)。ISBN 978-4-8158-0703-0
清水洋 (2016)『ジェネラル・パーパス・テクノロジーのイノベーション――半導体レーザーの技術進化の日米比較』有斐閣(第59回日経・経済図書文化賞受賞)。ISBN 978-4-641-16469-7
立本博文 (2017)『プラットフォーム企業のグローバル戦略――オープン標準の戦略的活用とビジネスエコシステム』有斐閣(第34回組織学会高宮賞、第24期国際ビジネス研究学会賞、第8回多国籍企業学会賞、第46回日本公認会計士協会学術賞など受賞)。ISBN 978-4-641-16501-4
田村正紀 (2016)『セブン-イレブンの足跡――持続成長メカニズムを探る』千倉書房。ISBN 978-4-8051-1000-3
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