New book explores internationalisation and university reform
in contemporary Japan
In a recent addition to the Routledge/Nissan Institute Japanese Studies series, Australian scholar Jeremy Breaden (Monash University) takes a new approach to the long-standing topic of the internationalisation of Japanese organisations. The Organisational Dynamics of University Reform in Japan: International Inside Out presents an extended case study of one university organisation that has been changed through its adoption of a radical program of international engagement. Through this case study Jeremy Breaden identifies patterns by which internationalisation is situated in administrative discourse and individual action, and determines how these patterns in turn shape organisational practice. The result is a multi-dimensional narrative of organisational change that advances our understanding of both the dynamics of university reform and the concept of internationalisation, one of the most durable yet contentious themes in the study of contemporary Japanese society. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Japanese studies, sociology and anthropology. Many of its insights concerning organisational change in universities are readily applicable to other national contexts, making it a valuable reference for professionals and policy makers working in the higher education sector around the world.
Breaden, J. 2013. The Organisational Dynamics of University Reform in Japan: International Inside Out. London and New York: Routledge; Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series. Hardback: xiii + 212 pages. 978-0-415-52879-5