Computer Science

Computer Science Colloquium

Prof. Yoshihide Horiuchi, Ph. D.,
University of Shizuoka, Japan

Transcultural Communications in IFSR/ISI Conversations, Systems Design and Business Practice

Mon 26.04.2004, 15:30, 60 minutes
TNF 711


The presentation begins with description of transcultural communications at the IFSR Fuschl and ISI Asilomar Conversations. Next, explanation of the planned Japan Conversation follows: Its aim, designed process and expected outcomes. The Japan Conversation uses English and Japanese as the official languages, and will be based on the Japanese culture. It was developed at the 1994 and 1995 Asilomar Conversations. Then, findings of the Year 3000 Idealization Team at the 2000 and 2002 Fuschl Conversations will be discussed Next will be a discussion with the audience on comparing business practice in Austria and Japan: Appreciation of cultural differences and incorporating them into transcultural communications in business. Another matter of discussion is the cultural differences in systems design between Austria and Japan. In Japan, systems design means more of systems engineering, rather than idealization-based social systems design. Japanese culture is strong in tacit knowing but weak in explicit knowledge. In other words, they are good at apprenticeship and on-the-job training, but not so good at developing work-procedure manuals. The presentation concludes with an attempt to list potential transcultural research topics.


1973 B.A. in Law, Waseda University, Japan, 1973 Marketing Executive, Foreign Trade Department, Taisho Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Tokyo, Japan, 1976 M.S. in Advertising, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 1980-84 Instructor, MBA Program and Marketing Department, LaSalle University, Philadelphia, USA, 1984 Ph.D. in Social Systems Sciences, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, 1984-88 Director, Socioatomic Public Relations Company, Tokyo, Japan, 1988-Present Associate Professor/Professor, School of Administration and Informatics, University of Shizuoka, Japan,
Invited by o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Chroust

The Computer Science Colloquium is organized by the Department of Coputer Science at JKU, the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Informatik (ÖGI) and the Österreichische Computergesellschaft (OCG).
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