Asia Research Community

Northeast Asia

The Northeast Asia research unit carries out research within international economics, international business and management, with perspectives from sociology, anthropology, and political science. The research currently focus on Japan, with a cross-national, regional or global perspective. ARC also hosts the Japanese Language Proficiency test (JLPT) and is home to the danish section of Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation.

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Although China’s economic development has led to a gradual westward shift in East Asia’s economic center of gravity, Japan and South Korea remain important global players. Japan is the world’s third largest economy; Korea ranks as number eleven. Per capita incomes in Japan and South Korea are between four and five times higher than in China, and the concentration of purchasing power in cities like Tokyo and Seoul is rare even in a global perspective. The Northeast Asia research unit studies the economic and business development in Japan and South Korea from several different perspectives. Projects look at Japan and Korea as markets and investment destinations, analyze the institutional, cultural, demographic, and political changes in the national economies, and study Japanese and Korean firms as global and regional actors. The regional perspective – with an emphasis on the relationship with China – is of special interest. Several members of ARC also have particular experience of work focusing on North Korea.

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Faith Hatani gives keynote speech at the international conference on "Transformation of Global and Japanese Business in Digital Age"

The bachelor program International business in Asia (IBA) opens a direction with Japanese language and research based teaching in the fall of 2020.

Assistant professor Tine Walravens and PhD fellow Kristina Kazuhara participates in the Sasakawa foundation's Scandinavian conference hosted by Iceland university in August 2020.  

On 23-24 June 2019 CBS hosts the 32nd Annual Conference of The Association of Japanese Business Studies. From CBS Ari Kokko, Lisbeth Clausen, Camilla Nelleman and visiting scholar Toshiya Ozaki participates, while Faith Hatani is the local organizer.  See news on the key note speech

Professor Toshiya Ozaki from Rikkyo Univerity, Japan, is visiting scholar at ARC from 16 November 2018 to 30 June 2019.

Kristina Kazuhara invited as Speaker at the International Symposium: The 4th Dialogue between Civilizations, held 14-15 March 2019 at Tokai University European Center. The title of the presentation was 'The Relation between Bicultural identity and Bilingual Competences and their importance for Global Organizations – Tracing Bicultural Talent within Multinational Corporations'

ARC researchers in the Northeast Asia Research Unit

Lisbeth Clausen

Faith Hatani

Kristina Kazuhara

Ari Kokko

Tine Walravens

Publications on Northeast Asia

Walravens, Tine 2019. Recalibrating risk through media: Two cases of intentional food poisoning in Japan. Food and Foodways, 27:1-2, 74-97, DOI:10.1080/07409710.2019.1568852

Aradhna Aggarwal 2017. Towards An Integrated Framework for Special Economic Zones (SEZs): A Dynamic Institutional Approach. Copenhagen Discussion Paper Series. No. 53, November.

Clausen, Lisbeth; Maria H. Keita 2016.  Bicultural Resourcefulness in Global Management : From Education to Corporate Collaboration. Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 34, No. 1, p. 58-80

Hatani, F. 2016 Institutional plasticity in public–private interactions: Why Japan’s port reform failed. Journal of World Business, 51(6): 923–936.

Hatani, F. 2016 Does a multilateral forum work for Africa? Daunting tasks of Japan’s TICAD initiative. International Journal of Development Issues, 15(1): 62–75.

Clausen , Lisbeth 2015 Team Dynamics and Diversity - Corporate Experiences in Japan. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press

Aggarwal Aradhna 2012  SEZ-led Growth in Taiwan, Korea, and India:  Implementing a Successful Strategy, Asian Survey 525 : 872–899.

Clausen, Lisbeth 2012  The Global-Local in News Production Tales from Field in the "Shoes" of Journalists In: The Handbook of Global Media Research. ed. /Ingrid Volkmer. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell 2, p. 485-503 (Handbooks in Communication and Media

Clausen, Lisbeth. 2011. Corporate Communication across Cultures : A Multi-level Approach. In: Cross-Cultural Management in Practice: Culture and Negotiated Meanings. ed. /Henriett Primecz; Laurence Romani; Sonja Sackmann. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2009, Chicago, United States. 2011, p. 77-88

Vesa Peltokorpi; Lisbeth Clausen. 2011 Linguistic and Cultural Barriers to Intercultural Communication in Foreign Subsidiaries. In: Asian Business & Management, Vol. 10, No. 4, p. 509-528

Clausen, L. 2010. Moving beyond stereotypes in managing cultural difference: Communication in Danish-Japanese corporate relationships. Scandinavian Journal of Management. vol. 26, Issue 1, March, Pages 57-66

Clausen, Lisbeth. 2010. Globalisation of News : Distribution, Production and Reception. In: Norden och världen: Perspektiv från forskning om medier och kommunikation: en bok tillägnad Ulla Carlsson. . ed. /Porbjörn Broddason; Ullamaija Kivikuru; Birgitte Tufte; Lennart Weibull; Helge Østbye. Göteborg : Göteborg Universitet 2010, p. 335-344 (Göteborgsstudier i journalistik och masskommunikation, No. 61)

Worm, Verner 2010. Corporate Cross-Cultural Collaboration the Contextual Challenges of Multi-cultural Teams in China and Japan.(2010) With L. Clausen. Association for Computing Machinery. Pp. 239-242.

Clausen, Lisbeth. 2009. International News Flow. In: The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism. ed. /Stuart Allan. London : Routledge 2009, p. 127-136

Kokko, Ari, Kenji Suzuki, and Kenji Tanimoto 2009. ‘Does Foreign Investment Matter? Effects of Foreign Investment on the Institutionalization of Corporate Social Responsibility by Japanese Firms’. Asian Business and Management 9 (3): 379-400.

Clausen, Lisbeth. 2007. Corporate Communication Challenges : A "Negotiated" Culture Perspective.
In: International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2007, p. 317-332

Clausen, Lisbeth. 2006. Intercultural Organizational Communication: Five Corporate Cases in Japan. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press.

Kokko, Ari 2005. ‘Economic reforms and skill requirements in DPRK’, paper presented at Conference on Future Multilateral Economic Cooperation with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, The Stanley Foundation and the German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin, June 15-17, 2005.

Kokko, Ari 2005. ‘Economic reforms and skill requirements in DPRK’, paper presented at Conference on Future Multilateral Economic Cooperation with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, The Stanley Foundation and the German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin, June 15-17, 2005.

Clausen, Lisbeth. 2004. Anmeldelse af Barbara Sato: The new Japanese woman. Modernity, media and women in interwar Japan. Duke University Oress: Durham and London, 2003, xiii, 242 pp. ISBN:0-8223-3044 In: Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, No. 19, p. 114-116

Clausen, Lisbeth. 2004. Localizing the global : "Domestication" processes in international news production. In: Media, Culture & Society, Vol. 26, No. 1, p. 25-44

Kokko, Ari and Nanhee Lee 2004. ‘North Korea: From crisis to tentative reform’, paper prepared for International Policy Conference on Transition Economies, Hanoi: UNDP, May 31-June 1, 2004.

Clausen, Lisbeth. 2003. Global News Communication Strategies : 9.11.2002 around the World.
In: N O R D I C O M Review, No. 1, p. 105-115

Clausen, Lisbeth. 2003 Global News Production. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press.

Aggarwal Aradhna 2001 Technology Policies and Acquisition of technological Capabilities in  the Industrial Sector : A Comparative Analysis of the Indian and  Korean Experiences, Science, Technology and Society 2001, vol. 6, No. 2,  July-December 2001, 255-304.

Blomström, Magnus and Ari Kokko 2001. ‘Foreign Direct Investment and Technology Spillovers - Views on Japan and Asia Pacific’. International Journal of Technology Management 22 (5/6): 435-454.

Globerman, Steven and Ari Kokko 2001. ‘A New Millenium for Japanese-North American Economic Policy Relations?’  In M. Blomström, B. Gagnes, and S. LaCroix, (Eds.) Japan's New Economy: Continuity and Change in the 21st Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 263-285.

Kokko, Ari, Bruce Lambert, and Fredrik Sjöholm 2001. ‘Japan as Number Three: Effects of European Integration’. In M. Blomström, B. Gagnes, and S. LaCroix, (Eds.) Japan's New Economy: Continuity and Change in the 21st Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 286-306.

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