INTELLIGENCE and STRATEGY
- China, Japan,
and Korea and Taiwan
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North Americans and Europeans ...
Sometimes .... the study of business strategy in some colleges and universities has had a "eurocentric perspective".
As North Americans increasingly see the
Asian historical figures, in the context of contemporary business and strategy
influences is an enourmously complex task requiring complete fluency in
the documents and scrolls that are in evidence for that period, as well
as being able to comprehend how the influences of those people were carried
forward through the ages - in the case of Sun Tsu in China, 2,500 years,
in the case of Miyamoto Musashi in Japan, 500 years.
It is not the goal of this webpage to accomplish such an intimidating task, rather it is intended that the reader (undergraduate students in business and marketing) may see how the heritage of the "social-cultural environment", then, and now, has a significant influences on the behaviour of companies and company leaders.
Secondly, it is hoped that some students will appreciate that when considering business strategies in other regions of the world, "big data" and web based information can be useful, but sometimes a bit of historical knowledge and some cultural background can also be very advantageous to know.
|The strategies of Chinese
and Japanese companies
|Sun Tzu - author
of "The Art of War"
- Chinese military strategist 544-496 BC
"All warfare is based on
A number of quotable quotes
are used by Sun Tzu in business all over the world.
|Many companies have a "first
mover advantage" - the expression used all around the world is
"the early bird gets the worm"
however there is another
These quotes succinctly express that planning for the future of war, as in business, it does not have to overly extend the pursuit of successful business operations. Setting out the GOPST of a business team should be the first step in planning the operations of a business, though it is only preliminary and can be altered along the way. GOPST helps to focus the direction of the team, showing it what it wants, and how it wants to achieve it.
|In class MGTC41 at UTSC 2012 Oct 29th, WTGR challenged a group of students to take his copy of "The Art of War" and using this book, plus various sources, come up with some information that may help students understand "Chinese corporate strategy" (if such a thing can be discerned) based on the historical influence of Sun Tsu as it may be applied in contemporary Chinese companies and state controlled enterprises.|
|In class MGTC41 at UTSC
2012 Nov 26th students presented a video based on their review of "The
Art of War" and using this book, plus various sources, come up with
some information that may help students understand "Chinese corporate strategy"
Version "C-B" is the video incorporating some of the ideas from the students in MGTC41 who added in suggestions based on having watched the Version "A" in class Nov 26th.
- Japanese warrior philosopher, author of Go Rin No Sho - Book of Five Rings
- born 1584
- a interpretation of this phrase could mean that to be really good in e-commerce you need to also study sociology, geography, economics, history, religion etc. - especially if you are selling a consumer product in a multi-cultural marketplace
** - Prof. Richardson lived in Japan and has a black belt in iaido, the art of the Japanese sword
|In class MGTC41 at UTSC 2012 Oct 29th, WTGR challenged a group of students to take his copy of "The Japanese Negotiator" by the late Prof. Robert March bobmarch.com (who also wrote a book on Chinese negotiating) using this book, plus various sources about Miyamoto Musahi et al, come up with some information that may help students understand "Japanese corporate strategy" (if such a thing can be discerned) based on the historical influence of Miyamoto Musashi and the heritage of the Samurai as it may be applied in contemporary Japanese trading companies (sogoshosha) and conglomerates.|
||In class MGTC41
at UTSC 2012 Nov 26th students presented a video based on their review
of the Robert March book plus additional research.
The scenario was based on playing poker utilizing the principles of Japanese negotiation based on the influence of Japanese culture and samurai influences.
Version "J-A" 5 min 16 sec
Version "J-B" 7 min 37 sec
(uploaded Dec 3rd 2012)
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