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The Great East Japan Earthquake and Its Impact on German Firms

An Empirical Study

Authors: Bebenroth, Ralf

  • The first published research to date on the impact on foreign firms of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake  
  • Is relevant to researchers of Japanese economy as well to foreign investors who have an interest in Japan-based foreign firms  
  • Demonstrates that the Japanese economy will remain strong and continue to be a worthwhile topic of research
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About this book

This publication sheds light on how Japan-based German firms dealt with the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred in March 2011. To gather data, a questionnaire was developed and sent out in April 2012 to 244 German subsidiaries based in the Kanto area, mainly in Tokyo, with replies received from the top managers of 84 firms. In addition, the author conducted follow-up interviews with top managers of 14 of those firms in Tokyo to illuminate interesting aspects of the responses given in the questionnaires. It is shown that the overall impact on the performance of German firms was comparatively low. Those firms have now returned to normal operation and face relatively few disaster-related problems. However, firms with higher autonomy more frequently moved their offices either to the Kansai area, including Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, or at least temporarily closed down. In retrospect, the interviews made clear that relocating or suspending operations was a costly mistake. In contrast to transaction cost theory, which states that subsidiaries should be given high autonomy in such cases of emergency, it would have been better for the headquarters offices to have communicated more intensively with the management of their subsidiaries.​  

About the authors

Dr. Ralf Bebenroth, born in Germany, is a tenured Professor for Business at Kobe University. After being awarded twice with a two year post doctoral fellowship to Japan, one from DAAD and the other from Humboldt foundation, he started working at Kobe University in 2005. Ralf Bebenroth spent the first five years of his academic career at Kobe University conducting research about business and economics solely in Japanese language.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Disaster Impact

    Bebenroth, Ralf

    Pages 1-20

  • Subsidiary Autonomy and Expatriate Retreat

    Bebenroth, Ralf

    Pages 21-32

  • Subsidiary Dependency on Expatriate Departure and Headquarter Trouble

    Bebenroth, Ralf

    Pages 33-43

  • Closing Chapter

    Bebenroth, Ralf

    Pages 45-47

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-4-431-54451-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-4-431-54450-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Its Impact on German Firms
Book Subtitle
An Empirical Study
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Business
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Ralf Bebenroth
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-54451-7
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-54451-7
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-54450-0
Series ISSN
2191-5482
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 52
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
Topics