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Feb 13, 2008

The Stanford University U.S.-Asia Technology Management Center (US-ATMC) and Japan Intercultural Consulting today announce a new joint program to provide intercultural training for global skills development in conjunction with individualized research and education at Stanford into international technology management.

Every year the US-ATMC hosts carefully selected visiting scholars from firms, governments, and institutions of higher education in Japan and Asia. US-ATMC visiting scholars engage in individual and group research projects under the direct guidance of Prof. Dasher into topics related to international technology management. Examples of previous studies include university-industry innovation systems, the development of innovation-based regional economic competitiveness strategies, intellectual property utilization, worldwide R&D management, technology entrepreneurship, and forward-looking technology-and-business trends analysis.

In this new cooperative program, Japan Intercultural Consulting will deliver a package of tailored curriculum elements and other innovative learning activities to specially chosen US-ATMC visiting scholars from Japan. This aspect of the program will focus on the development of global cross-cultural skills and flexibility, also enabling the visiting scholars to adapt quickly to the Silicon Valley environment and make the most of their opportunities for learning and networking during their residence at the US-ATMC. Specific topics will include the unique culture of Silicon Valley, effective interactions at networking events, fundamental differences between American and Japanese business cultures, and communication skills for living and working in the United States.

US-ATMC Director Richard Dasher comments “We are delighted to collaborate with Japan Intercultural Consulting in delivering this highly innovative program. Together, JICC and the US-ATMC will provide exceptional candidates from Japanese organizations with unique cross-cultural perspectives into 21st Century globalization as well as in-depth study of topics in international technology management.” Comments Japan Intercultural Consulting Managing Principal Rochelle Kopp, “We are honored to have this opportunity to work with the US-ATMC and support its Visiting Scholars. Our firm has 13 years experience working with Japanese executives and engineers working in the U.S., and we will be applying this background when we design this special program in order to make it extremely impactful. We know from firsthand experience that cross-cultural training can help Japanese who come to the United States significantly increase their effectiveness.”

About Japan Intercultural Consulting

Japan Intercultural Consulting is recognized as the premier training and consulting firm focused on Japanese business. With offices in nine U.S. cities, London, Mexico City, and Tokyo, and a team of experienced bilingual consultants, Japan Intercultural Consulting helps clients improve working relationships and optimize performance in multicultural environments.

Japan Intercultural Consulting has long been active in Silicon Valley. It provides cross-cultural training, consulting, coaching and teambuilding sessions to firms that are active in the high-tech arena. Japan Intercultural Consulting has a particularly strong practice working with major Japanese firms doing business in the U.S., and with American firms that are working with Japanese customers, investors, and joint venture partners.

Japan Intercultural Consulting's Managing Principal Rochelle Kopp is a recognized expert on Japan-U.S. cross-cultural communication, and the organizational behavior of Japanese multinationals. She is the author of The Rice-Paper Ceiling: Breaking Through Japanese Corporate Culture and over twenty books in Japanese.

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About the U.S.-Asia Technology Management Center

Established in 1992 as the US-Japan Technology Management Center, the US-Asia Technology Management Center (US-ATMC) is an education and research center in the Stanford University School of Engineering. The US-ATMC advances knowledge of strategic international technology management through research, education, and outreach.

The US-ATMC approach integrates practical real-world perspectives with rigorous academic analysis of international technology management problems. Target participants include Stanford students, the Pacific Rim science and engineering community at large, and anyone with a concern for developing the new knowledge, skills, and vision that are essential to success in the 21st Century. At the same time, the US-ATMC provides unique resources to Stanford's research infrastructure for following and analyzing international trends in selected research areas.

Prof. Richard Dasher has directed the US-ATMC since 1994 and he has additionally served as Executive Director of Stanford's Center for Integrated Systems since 1998. In 2004, he was named an outside board director of Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan), thereby becoming the first non-Japanese ever to be asked to join the senior governance of a Japanese national university. He regularly participates in advisory and reviewer roles for senior officials, companies, and government funding programs in Japan, Asia, Canada, and the U.S.
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About Stanford University

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions.

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Inquiries and for further information, please contact:

Rochelle Kopp, Managing Principal, Japan Intercultural Consulting
Rochelle.Kopp at japanintercultural dot com
650-331-0638 or 773-528-1370

Richard B. Dasher, Ph.D.
Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center
Consulting Professor
School of Engineering, Stanford University
rdasher at stanford dot edu

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