Programs for American Executives/Managers
The U.S.-Japan Institute
(and its predecessor, the Wharton Schoolfs U.S.-Japan Management Studies
Center) has sponsored the following executive education programs.
- Focus Japan Program
This seminar series was
developed in conjunction with and co-sponsored by the Eastern Pennsylvania
District Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Program topics have
included Japanfs Distribution Systems, Sogo Shosha (general trading
companies), Marketing of American Products in Japan, Japanese Business
Practices (rebates, treatment of unsold goods and leftovers, inter-firm
transactional relationships, Keiretsu). This series was designed to
help U.S. firms to penetrate and compete in the Japanese market.
- Businesspersonsf Monthly Luncheon
This program was
provided for a group of local U.S. firms in and near Philadelphia with
business operations in Japan. Individuals from each firm met every month at
one of the participantsf offices for a luncheon meeting to discuss their
problems in Japan.
- Study Tour of Japan
The Institute organized
several study trips to Japan, both for VP level executives from major U.S.
corporations and for the Wharton Executive MBA Program. Each one-week trip
consisted of day sessions at such places as the Ministry of International
Trade and Ministry (MITI), the Bank of Japan, Toyota Motor Company, Sony
Corporation, Fujitsu, Ltd., Nippon Steel Corporation, Fuji Bank, Nomura
Securities, and Matsushita Electric Industrial Company (Panasonic). The top
management at each of these organizations discussed various aspects of product
development and competitive strategies.
Planned Future Programs
The U.S.-Japan Institute plans to sponsor the
following programs in the future:
Investment Seminar in Beijing and Shanghai, Republic of China
This seminar will bring
together representatives from approximately 500 American, Japanese, and
Chinese firms (100 each U.S. and Japanese, 300 Chinese). Our goal is to
promote a better understanding of the Chinese business system in order to
improve the working relationship between the firms from the respective
countries. For additional information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.