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Study about Diversity Management in German Subsidiaries in Japan released

  • 2015/09/08

In autumn 2014, the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo and the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan supported a study conducted by researchers from Georg-August-University Goettingen, Germany, about Diversity Management in German Subsidiaries in Japan. The report to this study, written by Dr. Anna Katharina Hildisch, has now been released.

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The aim of this study was to analyze diversity within subsidiaries of German multinational companies active in Japan. The now released report is based on a survey of 39 German subsidiaries and 19 personal interviews. Dr. Hildisch found that while German subsidiaries in Japan employ more foreigners than the average Japanese company, the percentage of female employees in the workforce is slightly less than the Japanese average. At the same time, the overall response and opinion to diversity was a positive one, yet the implementation of diversity management and practices within the companies is still in the early stages.

Based on the interviews, the report also identifies a number of key areas for organizational change and for accelerating diversity practices within multinational companies. It concludes with the notion that diversity management and the accompanying integration of women and foreign professionals into the workforce may be a way to counter the effects of demographic change and to increase the pool of potential applicants for the subsidiaries. 

Read the full report (in English) 

Dr. Anna Katharina Hildisch
Chair of HRM and Asian Business
Georg-August-University Goettingen
Tel. +49 (0)551 39-20493
eMail: hrm(at)

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