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A Global Framework for Understanding Cross Cultural Teaching Experiences Gained in Japan

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2016 ASEE International Forum


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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Douglas Moore Schutz Tokyo University of Science Orcid 16x16

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Douglas M. Schutz is an Associate Professor of Information Systems, International Business, and Management at the Tokyo University of Science (TUS) in Japan. He received a Ph.D. in Business Administration focusing on Management Information Systems (MIS) from the Fox School of Business of Temple University at Philadelphia, an MBA in Information Management from the McCombs School of Business of the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis focusing on digital electronics design. Doug was one of 40 Ph.D. students selected globally to present his research at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) Doctoral Consortium in Shanghai, China. His research has been nominated Best Paper at the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS), and his work has been published three times in publications of the Japan Society of Information and Management (JSIM). He was recently selected to teach a one week intensive course to graduate students at the Regensburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Prior to academia, Doug worked as an IT manager and consultant in the electric utility industry out of New Orleans for two Fortune 500 companies, where his responsibilities included IT disaster recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Previously, he served as an unrestricted line officer in the U.S. Navy onboard a guided missile destroyer and the second Aegis enabled cruiser.

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Dante Dionne Korean Air Orcid 16x16

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Dante Dionne is an Organizational Leadership PhD candidate and a Senior Innovation Technology Manager at Korean Air. The past 20+ years of his career has centered on management and professional services consulting. Where, he has specialized in leading multi-national project teams in the design and implementation of digital marketing, mobility and innovative technology solutions.

Dante holds an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a BS in Business Management with a minor in Computer Science. Dante is an adjunct faculty member at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with Graduate level teaching credits in Psychometrics, Data Management and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Science in Tokyo. Dante’s dissertation research spans several specializations in psychology including: Organizational, Social, Cultural, Developmental, Cognitive, Performance, Sports, and Positive Psychology. Dante is also an active member of American Psychological Association (APA) Division 46 (Society for Media Psychology and Technology), Division 14 (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology), Division 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology) and Division 47 (Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology).

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Yong-Young Kim P.E. Konkuk University Orcid 16x16

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Yong-Young Kim is assistant professor of Division of Business Administration and Economics at Konkuk University in Korea. He earned his Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Management Information Systems from Seoul National University in Korea. His research interests include Smart Work, online games, IT experiential learning processes, IT convergence & platform, and ubiquitous computing. His papers have appeared in Information Resources Management Journal, Cluster Computing, International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication, Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems, and Journal of Korean OR/MS Society and also have been presented at many leading international conferences (ICIS, HICSS, PACIS).

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The two of the three largest economies in the world today, the U.S. and Japan, share common globalization challenges and opportunities, particularly in the area of engineering education. The globalization of engineering education calls for international educators who are able to gain a cross-cultural knowledge of their students, institutions, and countries. This is critical, because both Japan and the U.S. need to attract and develop larger numbers of engineering students with the technical skills for successfully innovating into the future as their populations increasingly age.

This paper provides best practices experienced from teaching in Japan in order to help address and learn from gaps between foreign cultures, so that teaching can be more motivational and effective for students. This leads to the following research question:

How can engineering education in Japan benefit from cross cultural understanding?

This paper draws from the literature streams of knowledge sharing, social influence, and social psychology. A theoretical framework is developed and applied to observations in the field, for understanding teaching and learning in Japan. Through this framework, best practices are developed that can be applied for greater cross cultural understanding for engineering education across borders. The framework developed can also be applied for understanding learning in other countries.

Schutz, D. M., & Dionne, D., & Kim, Y. (2016, June), A Global Framework for Understanding Cross Cultural Teaching Experiences Gained in Japan Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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