Research objectives and content
A review of the literature provides surprisingly few insights into the locational adjustment of Japanese research and development management systems. This study will examine hypotheses on the locational adjustment of Japanese R&D management systems in the European Union. The main hypothesis states that there is a relationship between the "Application- Adoption" problem of Japanese R&D management systems and the "Attraction-Persistence" problem within a region. Managerial and geographical approaches will be integrated into a new model. Interviews, surveys and multivariate statistical analyses will be conducted. I expect the results of this investigation to show that the application of Japanese R&D management methods is not a country-specific problem, but rather depends on regional dynamism.
Training content (objective. benefit and expected impact)
The co-researcher, Professor Hasegawa, is an expert on Japanese Business Management. A further advantage is that the Centre of Japanese Studies maintains good contact with the Japanese Multinational Enterprise Study Group. The results of this study should deepen the understanding of the compatibility of foreign investors and regional interests. As such, this research should provide insights into how technology policies at the European and regional-level would have to be coordinated and improved in order to fit the specific needs of Japanese investors and create the desired synergy effects
Links with industry / industrial relevance (22)
Eleven Japanese R&D laboratories have indicated their willingness to cooperate in an interview survey. The results of this study will provide European companies with a better understanding of the application of advanced management processes in Japanese overseas R&D laboratories.