International Symposium “Cross-cultural Transfer of Knowledge – Italian Way of Management for Economic Revitalization in Japan” Held

April 14, 2015

On March 14 (Sat.), the Research Institute for Innovation Management held the international symposium “Cross-cultural Transfer of Knowledge – Italian Way of Management for Economic Revitalization in Japan,” in which a total of 107 people including three lecturers and the coordinator participated (venue: Sky Hall, Boissonade Tower 26F, Ichigaya Campus).

Although Italian politics and the economy have been somewhat battered in recent years, Italian people seem to live a richer life than us. Is it simply because of the cheerful image of Italy and the Italian people that we have? This symposium addressed the Italian way of working, Italian companies’ management strategies, and the Italian marketing of agricultural products, and held a discussion on the features of Italian management styles that American thinking and marketing theories cannot explain.

The symposium was presided over by Professor Junko Kimura (Faculty of Business Administration, a member of the Research Institute for Innovation Management), and three guest speakers were invited. Mr. Shigeru Hayashi (President, Soloitalia Co., Ltd.) gave a lecture entitled “The actual status of businesses related to Italy”; Mr. Katsunori Takahashi (former President, Cassina IXC. Ltd.) gave a lecture entitled “Why can small companies in the small country of Italy achieve success in the world?; and Ms. Edi DeFrancesco (Professor of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padova) gave a lecture entitled “Management of agricultural products and agricultural processed products in the EU – Case of geographical indication products in Italy.” In the panel discussion session, a lively discussion took place based on questions from participants.

Professor Junko Kimura
Professor Junko Kimura
Mr. Shigeru Hayashi
Mr. Shigeru Hayashi
Mr. Katsunori Takahashi
Mr. Katsunori Takahashi
Professor Edi DeFrancesco
Professor Edi DeFrancesco
Participants listening to a lecture
Participants listening to a lecture
Panel discussion
Panel discussion

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