Dr. Julian Dierkes
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University of British Columbia
Institute of Asian Research

Preliminary Course Calendar

IAR 507: East Asian Organizations in Comparative Perspective

Graduate Seminar
Term II, January - April 2007
Thu 10-12h [not Wed as listed in Course Calendar]
Choi 129

Course Objectives

Click here for an overview over the objectives and format of the seminar.

Course Readings

Two books in particular will be relied on extensively throughout the course and participants might therefore find it useful to purchase these:

Many of the other books (particularly, T. Rohlen, For Harmony and Strength, C. Johnson, MITI and the Japanese Miracle, and P. Evans, Embedded Autonomy) should also be available used through most used-book outlets and are therefore recommended for those with further interest in the study of East Asian Organizations.

Required and some recommended readings from books are available in the Koerner Library Reserve Room to be borrowed for one day. See below for URLs of required and recommended journal articles. Please be considerate of other participants in the seminar in retaining copies of the readings. This means that seminar participants will have to coordinate the borrowing of materials.

Required readings are listed in a logical order and should ideally be read in that order.

PART I: THE HISTORICAL ORIGINS OF CAPITALIST ECONOMIES (2 weeks)

January 11: Introduction

January 18: Course Planning

January 25: Paving the Way for Capitalism

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PART II - THEORIES OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR (2 weeks)

February 1: Organizational Theory

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February 8: Institutional Analyses

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PART III - APPLYING ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY TO EAST ASIA (9 weeks)

February 15: The Roots of the Post-war Japanese Economy

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March 1: "Japanese Management"

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March 16: Outlines of Seminar Papers Due

Mar 19: Korean Business Organization

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March 26, 10a-12p:Taiwan and Overseas Chinese Business Networks

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March 29: Firms in the PRC's Economic Transition

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April 5: Additional China Week

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April 20: Seminar Paper Due

April 25: Peer Evaluations Due

Last updated: March 2007