Business & Intercultural Negotiation Conference

Business Communication SIG

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 1 July 2017 - 9:00am - Sunday, 2 July 2017 - 3:00pm
Chris Bates, Interfas, a management consultancy co. in Taiwan
Kumiko Murata, Waseda University
Tim Craig, Doshisha University

JALT Business Communication SIG, Kansai University, SIETAR Kansai, and the JALT Osaka and Kyoto chapters are proud to present the “Business and Intercultural Negotiation” conference, to be held July 1st and 2nd 2017, at Kansai University, Osaka. The aim of this event is to bring together and develop synergies between international business, English as a lingua franca and intercultural communication.

Plenaries include Chris Bates, who is a director for Inter-fas, a management consultancy company based in Taiwan. He is an accomplished international business and joint venture management professional with over 32 years of experience driving global new industrial markets, products and sales. His specialties include executive search in Greater China, advanced negotiation, fluency in Mandarin and industry intelligence. Dr Kumiko Murata is the editor of "Exploring ELF (English as a lingua franca) in Japanese Academic and Business Contexts" and "Global Englishes in Asian Contexts." Dr Tim Craig has expertise in the areas of international business, strategic management, cross-cultural management and Japanese popular culture.

The call for papers is open until April 22nd, and can be found at and for further info. please email

Rooms F401 & F402, Iwasaki Kinenkan (岩崎記念館) Building, Faculty of Foreign Language Studies, Senriyama Campus, Kansai University
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