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Working Effectively with Japanese People: 3. Work style

1 hour interactive module on understanding the Japanese cooperative, streamlined and process oriented way of working - kaizen, 5S

  1. Vocabulary test - how many of these Japanese concepts do you know?
  2. Assess your own preferences for:
    1. Value of time - is it important to be on time and not waste time, or to be flexible?
    2. Process orientation - is there one right way of doing things, or is the result more important than how you did it?
    3. Independent action - should employees be capable of working independently or should they keep their manager in the loop?
  3. Twenty minute video of a narrated slideshow in English on working with Japanese colleagues and managers covering concepts such as the 5 S system, problem solving and kaizen with case studies illustrating different cultural preferences for how teams work together
  4. Country backgrounds for each preference for Japan, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam
  5. A course certificate certifying 1 hour of Continuing Professional Development is available

What people have said about this course:

"I found it professionally beneficial and could get much out of it" (Japanese ICT company, India)

"It was a very good course providing us with deep insight about the working style of the Japanese people" (Subject Matter Expert, Japanese ICT company, India)


Your Instructor


Pernille Rudlin
Pernille Rudlin

Pernille Rudlin was brought up partly in Japan and partly in the UK. She is fluent in spoken and written Japanese, and lived in Japan for 9 years.

She spent nearly a decade at Mitsubishi Corporation (the Fortune 500 $70bn Japanese investment and trading conglomerate) working in their London operations, Europe & Africa HQ and Tokyo headquarters in sales and marketing and corporate planning and also including a stint in their International Human Resource Development Office.

More recently she had a global senior role as Director of External Relations, International Business, at Fujitsu, the leading Japanese information and communication technology company and the biggest Japanese employer in Europe, focusing on ensuring the company’s corporate messages in Japan reach the world outside.

Pernille Rudlin holds a B.A.(Hons) from Oxford University in Modern History and Economics and an M.B.A. from INSEAD and she is the author of several books and articles on cross cultural communications and business.

Since starting Japan Intercultural Consulting’s operations in Europe in 2004, Pernille has conducted seminars for Japanese and European companies in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA, on Japanese cultural topics, post merger integration and on working with different European cultures.


Class Curriculum


  Introduction and quiz
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  Video - narrated slideshow
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  Further reading
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  Certificate available
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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