You are here:

Japanese business in Europe BA3260

Half course

This course half-unit seeks to develop awareness of various aspects of the international financial accounting environment.


Strategic Management (BA2070)

Topics covered

  • The influence of key national institutions, the state and finance systems on the development of Japanese business in the post-war period. 
  • The nature of the Japanese enterprise system, its management, systems and capabilities. 
  • The main theories employed to explain the phenomenon of the multinational enterprise.
  • The scale and growth of the international economy and the role of foreign direct investment in the international economy. 
  • Review the managerial and organisational characteristics of Japanese MNEs and consider the management and organisation of Japanese MNEs in Europe. 
  • Consider case-studies of Japanese MNEs engaged in the electronics industry. 
  • Case-studies of Japanese MNEs engaged in the motor vehicle industry. 
  • Case-studies of Japanese MNEs as general trading companies. 
  • Case-studies of Japanese MNEs as international banks. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to:

  • Insight into Japanese business and management.
  • Appreciation of the forces of economic internationalisation and regional integration.
  • Comprehension of the characteristics of multinational
  • Enterprise and the Japanese MNE in particular.
  • Knowledge of international business theories and their degree of applicability to real business situations.
  • Analytical skills, involving the thematic, comparative and empirical.


This module is assessed by a two hour unseen written examination.