Parissa Haghirian


Parissa Haghirian is Professor of International Management at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She has lived and worked in Japan since 2004 and is an internationally renowned expert in international management practices with a focus on Japan. Professor Haghirian earned an MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Vienna in 1999, followed by an MA and PhD in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in 2000 and 2003 respectively.

In addition to her work at Sophia University, Professor Haghirian has been a visiting professor at HEC Paris (France), Keio University (Japan), Waseda University (Japan), Aalto University (Finland), University of Saint Joseph (Macao), the University of Graz and the University of Vienna (Austria). She held a visiting professorship in Japanese Management at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich, Germany, from 2011 to 2012.

Professor Haghirian has published numerous books, academic papers, and articles on the topic of Japanese management. She is the author of Understanding Japanese Management Practices (Business Expert Press, 2010) and Successful Cross-cultural Management: A Guide for International Managers (Business Expert Press, 2011), and she is also the editor of Japanese Consumer Dynamics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Business and Management (Routledge, 2016). Her latest books are Japanese Management: Market Entry, Crisis and Corporate Growth and Doing GOOD Business in China. Her new book Overcoming Crisis – Case Studies of Asian Multinational Corporations will be published in summer 2022.

In addition to academics and research, Professor Haghirian advises major multinational companies on intercultural understanding and cooperation, and she coaches top global managers for success when working across cultures by providing new perspectives and skills. Professor Haghirian is a regular keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events in Europe, Japan, and Asia.

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