ERIC Number: ED373536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Native Social Intuition in Preparation for an Internship in Japan.
Yamashita, Margaret Y.
The program of the Japan-American Institute of Management Sciences (JAIMS) in Hawaii, a nonprofit graduate-level institution intended to support training for cross-cultural business leadership, is described and discussed. Two curricula, the Japan-focused Master of Business Administration program and the Japan-focused Management Program are offered cooperatively with the University of Hawaii. The JAIMS program goal is both to teach and expand linguistic skills and to train students to behave appropriately in a Japanese social context. A distinction is made between the underlying cultural rules of the society and the rules of etiquette, protocol, and ritual that are their surface manifestation. It is noted that realization of the importance of developing Japanese social intuition emerged from cross-cultural student-teacher conflicts in classes. As a result, specific attention is given in class to these intrinsic Japanese expectations and values: humility; indirectness; in-group/out-group consciousness; vertical relationships; distance/reservation; reciprocity/indebtedness; orderliness/neatness; and consideration/initiative. Examples are given of classroom techniques that highlight these values. It is concluded that instilling social intuition in Japan-bound students is crucial to their success. (MSE)
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Business Communication, Classroom Techniques, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Intercultural Communication, International Programs, International Trade, Internship Programs, Japanese, Language Skills, Languages for Special Purposes, Program Descriptions, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Social Values
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Japan; University of Hawaii
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (11th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 13-16, 1993).