A heuristic model - the case of challenges facing Western business people in Japan

Nooriafshar, Mehryar and Vibert, Conor (2012) A heuristic model - the case of challenges facing Western business people in Japan. Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 1 (1). pp. 66-75. ISSN 2186-8484

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This paper is based on an investigation which has utilised the data collected from eleven different case studies. Each case study deals with issues and challenges facing the western expatriates residing in Japan for the purposes of business or education. The case studies were analysed separately and then the commonalities in issues were identified. These challenges were grouped in five different categories of Language, Culture, Work Ethics, Transportation and Red tape. Various scenarios relating to each group were provided and discussed. A heuristics model to measure an index value for the challenges facing the expatriates was explained and presented. This model can be utilised for the purposes of monitoring one’s difficulty levels in a manner which allows performing what-if analysis or comparison with other similar scenarios.
The findings indicate that an attempt to familiarise oneself with the basics of the Japanese language and recognition and acceptance of certain attitude differences would certainly contribute to a successful adaption.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. 2012 Leena & Luna International.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 05:35
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2014 04:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: networking, culture, language, education
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150308 International Business
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20918

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