Conference Program

Conference Program

2017 AJBS Conference Program Draft Version June, 5th 2017


30th Annual Conference

Program Information


We thank Palgrave McMillan

for sponsoring the best paper award.

Welcome to Dubai!

We are delighted to welcome you to the 30th annual AJBS conference. This year, we are very pleased to include approximately 30 paper presentations in the conference program.  In addition to paper sessions, we will also be having an opening plenary highlighting Japanese business in the regional area. The closing panel plenary after all of the paper sessions examine what business and academia can learn from studying Japan, and will be lead by Paul Beamish. In addition to these sessions, we will have lunch and an evening meal.  We hope that you will join us for all of these activities on what promises to be an engaging and stimulating day.

l  As always, many people have worked to make this conference a reality. We would like to thank the following colleagues:

l  AJBS papers are accepted based on a double-blind reviewing process, which means that generous efforts of people who serve as reviewers are critical to the conference. We are extremely grateful to these colleagues.

l  Palgrave Macmillan, publisher of Asian Business & Management, has provided financial support for the Best Paper Award.

l  We thank AJBS officers were sources of valuable help and insight during all of the planning stages.

l  We also thank Tunga Kiyak, Managing Director of the AIB Executive Secretariat, and other local host committee members of AIB conference supported this year’s chair with very effective and quick communication.

Finally, we are extremely grateful to all of you, who are here in Dubai to participate in the conference. We hope that you will find the conference fun and interesting!


Derek Lehmberg

Program Chair

2017 AJBS Conference in Dubai, UAE


Basic information

(1)  Conference Venue

The venue of the AJBS annual conference is the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai which is held in conjunction with the AIB conference. A map is provided in the conference program.  

The AJBS sessions will be held on the fourth floor of the JW Marriott Marquis in the Al-Safa rooms.


(2)  Registration Desk

The opening hours of the registration desk are Saturday, July 1st from 8am – 4pm.  


(3)  Lunch and Refreshments during the Conference

On the conference day, lunch, snacks and refreshments during the breaks are included in your registration fee.


(4)  Preparation of your Presentation (For presenters only)

Paper presenter information: We have a very full schedule during the conference. Presenters will each have 20 minutes including presentation (10-12 minutes) and discussion (8-10 minutes). To save time, we ask you to arrive at least 10 minutes in advance of your session and upload your slides to the computer provided.


(5)  Dinner and Socializing, Saturday, July 1st  from around 18:30 - 21:00, $30US – reservation required

At 6:30pm, we will meet in the lobby to take a bus over to the restaurant where we will have dinner.  The dinner is a Japanese buffet at TOMO Japanese restaurant in the Raffles hotel ( 

The $30US fee inclues round-trip bus transportation and dinner, including soft drinks (water, green tea, orange juice, coca-cola, sprite).  Payment should be made online at  Space is limited.

 Program Overview: Saturday, July 1st


8:00 – 9:00 am




9:00 – 10:30 am


Welcome Session & Opening Plenary


10:30 – 11:00 am




11:00 – 12:20 pm


Paper Sessions 1 A-B-C


12:20 – 1:30 pm




1:30 – 2:30 pm


Paper Sessions 2 A-B-C


2:30 – 3:00 pm




3:00 – 4:00 pm


Paper Sessions 3 A-B-C


4:00 – 4:15 pm


Short Break


4:15 – 5:45 pm


Business Meeting and Closing Plenary


6:30 – 9:00 pm


Dinner ($30 fee, paid for online in advance)


Detailed Program


8:00 – 9:00 am


9:00 – 10:30 am

Al-Safa 3-4

Welcome Session and Opening Plenary

Opening remarks:

James Hagen (President, Hamline University)

Derek Lehmberg  (Conference Chair, North Dakota State University)

Executive Panel: “Japanese MNEs’ Activities and Business Environment in UAE”

with speakers from

  • JETRO Dubai
  • Sumitomo Corporation Middle East FZE
  • Hitachi Ltd. Middle East Branch

10:30 – 11:00 am

Coffee Break (Al Safa Foyer)

11:00 – 12:20 pm

Al-Safa 3-4

Session 1A: Competitiveness

Chair: Yoshiharu Kuwana (J.F.Oberlin University)


A Study of Profitability & Competitiveness of U.S. & Japanese Defense Contractors*         

Tanya Andrea Peacock (Baylor University)

Kiyohiko Ito (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Kazuhiro Asakawa (Keio University)


The Nuclear Strategy Tripod:  How Toshiba Coped with 3/11  

Camilla Nelleman (Copenhagen Business School)


The Collapse of the ‘Myth of Longevity’ and the Construction of Alternatives: The Case of the Okinawan Health Food Industry

Sayaka Toyokawa (Okinawa University)

Toshio Takagi (Showa Women's University)


The Decline of the Japanese FPD Industry: Causes of Failure and Implications      

Derek Lehmberg (North Dakota State University) 

Note: * Denotes  finalist for best paper award.




11:00 – 12:20 pm

Al-Safa 1

Session 1B: Alliances and Organizational Configuration Inside and Across Countries

Chair:  Shige Makino (Chinese University of Hong Kong)


Configuring Value-Added Activities in an Emerging Economy: Evidence from Japanese Investments in China* 

Megan (Min) Zhang (University College Dublin)


Communication and Knowledge Transfer of Service and Manufacturing MNCs        

Manami Suzuki (Hosei University)

Naoki Ando (Hosei University)

Hidehiko Nishikawa (Hosei University)


Organizational Status and International Alliance Formation 
K. Skylar Powell (Western Washington University)

Hidenori Takahashi (Nagoya University)

Tom Roehl (Western Washington University)


Intra-Regional Expansion of MNCs and its Implication for Subsidiary Performance     

Naoki Ando (Hosei University)


11:00 – 12:20 pm

Al-Safa 2

Session 1C: Culture and Japanese Business Internationalization

Chair: Allan Bird (Northeastern University)


How Age and Stressors influence Commitment in Japanese workplaces?  

Kaushik Chaudhuri (Shiv Nadar University)

Hiroyuki Oba (Reitaku University)


Job Satisfaction of Returnees to Japan    

Lara Makowski (Kobe University)

Ralf Bebenroth (Kobe University)


Understanding the difficulty for Vietnamese People learning Japanese Business Communication         

Yukiko Konishi (Waseda University)


How Supervisors Respond to Employee Voice Behavior: Experiments in China and Japan  

Yunyue Yang (Kyoto University)

Jie Li (Shanghai University)

Tomoki Sekiguchi (Kyoto University)


12:20 – 1:30 pm

Lunch in Al-Safa 3-4






1:30 – 2:30 pm

Al-Safa 3-4

Session 2A: Expatatriates and Inpatriates

Chair: Kiyohiko Ito (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)


Transferring Corporate Values across Borders: The Case of Inpatriation in a Japanese Multinational Company      

Tomoki Sekiguchi (Kyoto University)

Tomokazu Takeuchi (Gakushuin University)

Shiho Nakamura (Ritsumeikan University)

Azusa Ebisuya (Osaka University)

Norihiko Takeuchi (Waseda University)


The Power of Perceptions: The Influence of Justice Perceptions on Expatriate Job Satisfaction and Turnover Intentions, and the Moderating Effects of Subjective and Objective Expatriate Categorizations

Samuel Davies (University of Goettingen)

Fabian Froese (University of Goettingen)

Arup Varma (Loyola University)


Understanding Prosocial Behavior in Foreign Subsidiaries: A Common Ingroup Identity Perspective     

Vesa Peltokorpi (Saitama University)


1:30 – 2:30 pm

Al-Safa 1

Session 2B: Governance

Chair: Chie Iguchi (Keio University)


Information Processing in Japanese Board Room. Audit & Supervisory Board as Source of Information to Outside Board Members       

Maria Vasileva Ilieva (Osaka City University)

Jin-Ichiro Yamada (Osaka City University)


Are Smaller (Larger) Corporate Headquarters Better? 

Tatsuo Ushijima (Keio University)

Hideaki Miyajima (Waseda University)

Ryo Ogawa (Waseda University)


The Evolution of the ICT Start-Up Eco-System in Japan: From Corporate Logic to Venture Logic?           

Masahiro Kotosaka (Keio University)

Mari Sako (University of Oxford)




1:30 – 2:30 pm

Al-Safa 2

Session 2C: Marketing, strategy, and finance

Chair: Jim Hagen (Hamline University)


Focused or Unfocused? The Effect of Customer Scope on Resource and Organizational Performance 

Ryuichi Nakamoto (Sugiyama Women's University)

Keigo Takai (Kyoto University)

Hiroki Noguchi (Fukushima University)


Does the Stock Market Matter? Financial Constraints in Research and Development in the Age of Industry 4.0        

Haruo H.  Horaguchi (Hosei University)                  

Yoshikatsu Shinozawa (The University of London) 

Hiroshi Fukuda (Hosei University)


Not User’s Shoes But User’s Heart: Role Of Empathy In Opportunity Recognition: An Experimental Study In Japan    

Saddam Khalid (Osaka University)

Tomoki Sekiguchi (Kyoto University)


2:30 – 3:00 pm

Coffee Break (Al Safa Foyer)

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Al-Safa 3-4

Session 3A: Trade and the Macro Environment

Chair: Gary Knight (Willamette University)


In the Eye of the Storm      

William V. Rapp (New Jersey Institute Of Technology)


What Japanese Bank Expansion Can Teach Us about Chinese Bank Globalization 

W. Travis Selmier (Indiana University)


The Impact Of Internal And External Aspects On Japanese Subsidiaries’ Performance During Economic Crisis     

Matheus Baldo Cordeiro (ESPM Sao Paulo)

Mario Henrique Ogasavara (ESPM Sao Paulo)

Gilmar Masiero (University of Sao Paulo)


3:00 – 4:00 pm

Al-Safa 1

Session 3B: Leadership and Culture

Chair: Tom Roehl (Western Washington University)


The Intersection of Organizational and Cross Culture Studies

Takashi Sakikawa (Niigata University)


Lessons in Japanese Leadership: If the bird does not sing

Chikako Usui (University of Missouri-St. Louis)

Richard A. Colignon (Saint Louis University)


Host Country Cultural Identity, Language Proficiency, and Work-Related Outcomes:  A typology of Expatriates in China and Japan

Vesa Peltokorpi (Saitama University)

Ling Zhang (University of London)


3:00 – 4:00 pm

Al-Safa 2

Paper Session 3C: Job Satisfaction and Employment Practices

Chair:  Carol Reade (San Jose State University)


Abusive Supervision and Subordinates’ Physical and Mental Health: The Effects of Job Satisfaction and Power Distance Orientation  

Vesa Peltokorpi (Saitama University)

Aarti Ramaswami (ESSEC Business School)


Family Friendly Work Practices in Japanese Firms: Their Impacts on Employee Turnover*

Yuhee Jung (Gakushuin University)

Norihiko Takeuchi (Waseda University)


Impact of Financialization on Labor Policies at Japanese Joint-Stock Companies: Case of Nikkei Index 400      

Kostiantyn Ovsiannikov (University of Tsukuba)


4:00 – 4:15 pm


Short Break

4:15 – 5:45 pm

Al-Safa 3-4

Business Meeting and Closing Plenary

6:30 – 9:00 pm

Dinner ($30US pre-payment required)



AJBS Officers, 2014-2017




President: James Hagen (Hamline University)


Immediate Past President: Gary Knight (Willamette University)


Vice President: Chie Iguchi (Keio University)


Treasurer: Fabian Jintae Froese (Georg-August University Göttingen)


Secretary: Tomoki Sekiguchi (Kyoto University)


Executive Director: Diane Bird




List of Reviewers




Naoki Ando

Shige Makino

William V. Rapp

Ralf Bebenroth

Satoshi Matsuda

Carol Reade

Fabian Froese

Kuniko Mochimaru

Thomas W. Roehl

James Hagen

Naoto Nadayama

Takashi Sakikawa

Haruo H. Horaguchi

Koichi Nakagawa

Tomoki Sekiguchi

Jaffer Ali Hussainee

H Richard Nakamura

Manami Suzuki

Maria V. Ilieva

Camilla Nellemann

Norihiko Takeuchi

Yuhee Jung

Kostiantyn Ovsiannikov

Tatsuo Ushijima

Masahiro Kotosaka

Tanya A. Peacock

Megan (Min) Zhang

Miikka J. Lehtonen

Vesa Peltokorpi





Conference Venue




JW Marriott Marquis Dubai


The AJBS 2017 meeting will take place at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. The conference venue will also serve as the place for AIB 2017 conference meeting.


Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai 121000, United Arab Emirates