SIEM / Spaces of International Economy and Management

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Contact information

Professor Dr. Rolf D. Schlunze

Humboldt University of Berlin, Department of Economic Geography / Ritsumeikan University, College of Business Administration

SIEM members & their activities

The research group started at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Japanese Geographers (AJG) in March 2007. The group has been growing since then rapidly world-wide! Please find below a list of members who support SIEM pro-actively.

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Academic members

Rolf D. Schlunze

Rolf D. Schlunze

Rolf D. Schlunze is Professor for Intercultural Management in the Department of International Business Administration of Ritsumeikan University. His PhD is from The University of Tokyo and his post-doctoral research has focused on the locational adjustment of managerial systems. His work has been published in reviewed journals such as TESG, the Japanese Journal of Human Geography and the Annals of the Japan Association of Economic Geographers. In his conference presentations he is addressing issues of management and geography. He is adviser of the Euro-Asia Management Study Association (EAMSA) and is leading an international research group called Spaces of International Management and Economy (SIEM) founded in March 2007 at the Association of Japanese Geographers.

Masaki Mori

Masaki Mori

Masaki Mori is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration of Ritsumeikan University. He earned his Ph.D. degree at School of Economics, Kyushu University. He is a well-known scholar in international business specializing in studies on ethnic Chinese business communities including Guanxi network and corporate strategy. His research suggests that ethnic Chinese conduct their business successfully not only by strengthening business ties based on family, territorial and fraternal relationships, but also through commercial networks, such as Chinese Overseas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which enhances inter-enterprise relationships through their bridging function. His future research will evaluate the extent to which successful Chinese managers adapt to the business environment of the particular host country utilizing their entrepreneurial capacity and their Guanxi.

Ming LI

Ming LI

Dr Ming Li (Lily) is lecturer at the Hull University Business School. She received her PhD in management from University College Dublin, Ireland. She is a co-editor for the book volumes Advances in Global Leadership (Emerald). Her research has appeared at journals such as Academy of Management Learning & Education and Organizational Research Methods. Previously, she was an assistant professor at ESC Rennes School of Business in France and has been engaged in research and consulting activities with the China Europe International Business School and Mobley Group Pacific, Ltd. She has taught undergraduate, master, MBA and executive education programs in various countries in Asia and Europe.

Kristina Trygg

Kristina Trygg

Kristina Trygg is a researcher at Linköping University, Sweden. She holds a PhD in Human Geography from Stockholm University. The research interest focuses on economic geography, labour, organisations, mobility, management studies, energy and tourism. Recent research projects have included work on knowledge-intensive firms and the organisational contexts of such works. The specific objective is to analyse the geography of work. The focus is on work proactive and the perspective of everyday life. Recent projects also include social sustainability in buildings and collaborations of actors involving in renovation processes.

Ji Weiwei

Ji Weiwei

Dr. Weiwei Ji is a lecturer at Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies in Jinan University, China. He also works for Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council in China. He received his Master and Ph.D in management at the Faculty of Business Administration of Ritsumeikan University. His research interests include topics on globalization, locational preferences, network and cross-cultural management in Asia. He is a member of the Euro-Asia Management Study Association (EAMSA) and International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR). His book, "Exploring Cross-Cultural Competence in East Asia" was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Lech Suwala

Lech Suwala

Lech Suwala is lecturer in economic geography and regional economics. He is a geographer and economist with working experience in science and industry. As a post-doctoral fellow at the Humboldt University, Berlin and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences on Technology and Economics, Berlin; his expertise includes spatial creativity and innovation research, globalization and development studies and their relevance in emerging, informal and temporal settings for Management Geography.
Currently, his research agenda comprises "Management Geography in Developing and Emerging Countries (esp. Southeast Asia, Latin -/ South America)". Furthermore, he was an Associate at the Brandenburg Institute for Entrepreneurship and SME Promotion at the University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam, research fellow and head of international projects of a private policy consulting company conducting manifold projects in the field of creativity, innovation and management in emerging countries. He holds a M.A. in Economics from Free University, Berlin and a Ph. D / M.A. (Geography) from Humboldt University, Berlin and has held the NEURUS Graduate Student fellowship at University of California, Irvine and Los Angeles.

Dr. Atsushi Taira

Atsushi Taira

Atsushi Taira got his Ph.D. from the University of Tsukuba and holds a professorship at the Faculty of Education, Kagawa University in Shikoku, Japan. His research interests cover corporate and management related topics within urban, economic, and social geography. He has contributed significantly with empirical research for a better understanding of the overseas operations of Japanese-affiliated firms within the local and global context.

HENRY Wai-chung YEUNG

Dr. HENRY Wai-chung YEUNG

My research interests cover broadly theories and the geography of transnational corporations, Asian firms and their overseas operations and Chinese business networks in the Asia-Pacific region. I have conducted extensively research on Hong Kong firms in Southeast Asia, the regionalization of Singaporean companies, and the emergence of leading Asian firms in the global economy.

Professor
Department of Geography, NUS, 1 Arts Link, Singapore 117570

Andrew Jones

Dr. Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones is an economic geographer with a leaning towards the sociocultural aspects of economic activity. His research has been concerned with topics at the cross-over of economic geography, management studies and sociology, notably in his interest in global business service firms and transnational management practices. Recent research projects have in including work on global management, professionalism and business travel in transnational banking, law, consultancy and accountancy firms.

Membership of academic associations & research groups:
Director, Centre for Applied Economic Geography, Birkbeck College, University of London
Fellow of Royal Geographical Society & (Incoming) Chair, RGS-IBG Economic Geography Research Group
Member Association of American Geographers
Member of Sloan Industries Study Group

Tim Reiffenstein

Tim Reiffenstein

My research focuses on Japanese industrial geography, in particular by exploring how evolving intellectual property policy and associated management practices have shaped Japan's international economic relations. Projects include comparative studies of Japanese and American patent law professions, Japanese intellectual property in relation to Vietnam, and linguistic and institutional challenges of patent policy harmonization between Japan and the US.

Associate Professor
Department of Geography and Environment
Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, Canada
Member of: Canadian Association of Geographers, Canadian Regional Science Association, Association of American Geographers

Patrik Strömn

Patrik Ström

Patrik Ström is the “Staffan Helmfrid Pro Futura Fellow” at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, and the Department of Human and Economic Geography, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Ström holds a PhD in Business Administration and an Econ. Dr. in Economic Geography. The research interest focuses on the internationalization and development of the East Asian service economy. Recent publications include: Ström, P. & Yoshino, N. (2009) Japanese financial service firms in East and Southeast Asia: Location pattern and strategic response in changing economic conditions, in Asian Business & Management, 8(1):33-58; Alvstam, C., Ström, P. & Yoshino, N. (2009) On the economic interdependence between China and Japan- challenges and possibilities, in Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 50(2): 198-214; Ström, P. & Wahlqvist, E. (2009) Regional and Firm Competitiveness in the Service Based Economy - Combining Economic Geography and International Business Theory, forthcoming in Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie.

Dr. Ikuta

Masato Ikuta

Prof. Masato Ikuta's is an economic geographer doing research on Asian Mega Cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. He has published various articles and books on the economic development and regionalism of the Kansai region. Through his field research he investigated many actors at the corporate and governmental level within Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Canada. Growth triangles in Southeast Asia and the related urban and regional development policies in Malaysia is his recent research interest.

Dr. Nathaniel O. Agola

Nathaniel O. Agola

Nathaniel O. Agola, PhD in International Development (Business Economics), Nagoya University, Msc. in Finance and Financial Law (University of London). Currently Associate Professor of International Economics and Finance at the Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University. My teaching and research interests are in two major areas: (1) Technology & Economic Development: (Technology Transfer, Innovation and Comparative Economic Development Experiences, and (2) Private Sector Development: (Innovation for Economic Development such as creation of Inclusive Markets to serve low income groups, Development of SME Clusters, and Innovative Financing as in the case of Project Finance & Public Private Partnerships).

William W. Baber

William W. Baber

Will Baber has combined education with business throughout his career, teaching English to business students in Japan and Europe and working in economic development for the State of Maryland, Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED). In his work in international business attraction for DBED, he frequently encountered cross cultural conflicts and synergies. He studies these issues in the course of his master's degree and applies his theoretical and practical knowledge to the task of teaching business and English skills in Japan.
Research interests include cross-cultural adaptation and interaction.

Sawako Maruyama

Sawako Maruyama

Sawako Maruyama is a researcher at Osaka Prefectural Institute for Advanced Industry Development and an adjunct instructor at the School of Foreign Studies, Osaka University. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Economics, Nagoya University. Her research interest includes international economics and regional economics. In recent research she focuses on the empirical research on international trade and the activities of multinational enterprises. She also has an interest in the regional economies of Osaka/Kansai and Sweden.

Kenta Yamamoto

Kenta Yamamoto

Kenta Yamamoto received his Ph.D. (Science) from Tohoku University, Japan in 2009 and is now an assistant professor at Kyushu International University in Japan. His research interest focuses on the Japanese cultural industry, and specifically the international division of labor and industrial agglomeration within metropolitan cities in the animation industry. His research also covers the lifestyle of workers in the industry and the characteristics of creative space formed around major cities. Recently, he has expanded his field of study to other cultural industries. For example, he has published articles about agglomeration in the plastic model kit industry and the relationships among performance arts, theaters, and urban spatial structures.

Hachiro Hagiwara

Hachiro Hagiwara

Dr. Hachiro Hagiwara is a professor at the Department of Management and Information Science at Shikoku University located in Tokushima City, Japan. He was born and grew up in Tokyo. Inspired by the dynamic developments of the global city he chose urban geography as his major subject. Currently he lives in the prefectural capital Tokushima, a famous tourist spot for traditional Awa-odori dancing. His research interest ranges from regional activation of local communities to the evaluation of the performance of Japanese overseas affiliated companies in Brazil. For his work "A Comparative Study Concerning Metropolitan Water Supply and Drainage Systems in Developed and Developing Countries ― the Cases of Tokyo, Mexico City, Paris and Sao Paulo″ he received the Tanaka Keiji Memorial Prize in Geography from Rissho Geographical Association.




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