Business & Intercultural Negotiation Conference

Business Communication SIG

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 1 July 2017 - 9:00am - Sunday, 2 July 2017 - 4:00pm
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, Kyoto & Nankyu 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 will talk about 'The Ethological and Cultural roots of Different Negotiation Styles'. Chris is based in Taiwan and has lived in Asia for 40 years, working in industrial product sales and marketing, business intelligence consulting, and executive searches. He was also a trainer to Fortune 10 companies on advanced negotiation in Asia.
Dr Kumiko Murata will talk about 'English as a Lingua Franca research in business and workplace settings'. Kumiko is Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at the School of Education and the Graduate School of Education, Waseda University. Her research interests include ELF, conversation and discourse analyses, pragmatics, intercultural communication and language teaching. Her most recent edited book is Exploring ELF in Japanese Academic and Business Contexts (2016, Routledge).
Dr Tim Craig will talk about 'Building cultural understanding in the classroom: Teaching business cases on Japan’s cultural industries'. Tim holds a Ph.D. in International Business and master’s degrees in East Asian Studies and International Management. He has 20 years’ teaching and research experience in Canadian and Japanese business schools, and before that taught ESL in Japan for 15 years. He is founder of BlueSky Academic Services (, which, in addition to editing and translation, publishes case studies on Japan’s cultural industries.

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