Root Causes of Negative Attitudes Formed by Expatriate English Instructors toward their Japanese Managers and How Relationships between the Two Might Be Improved

Degree Name

MA in International and Intercultural Management

First Advisor

Abdoul Diallo


What Japanese management practices lead expatriate English language instructors working in Japan to acquire negative feelings toward their Japanese managers and negative attitudes in the workplace.

The method primarily employed in this research is in-depth interviewing, in a semi-structured nature, as a strategy in qualitative research for uncovering the root causes of attitude formation in expatriate English instructors. Secondarily, I relied on literature review to gain insight into the Japanese culture.

This research is intent on understanding the factors leading to misunderstandings in the Japanese workplace between expatriate English teachers and Japanese managers. I want the reader to appreciate how two cultures, so vastly different, manage their employees in completely different ways.

It will take more than education, as in cross-cultural orientation classes, for example, for expatriate English teachers and Japanese managers to transform into inter-culturally aware and sensitive human beings. Those of us who have undergone intercultural transformation are necessary as “agents of change” in perpetuating the group intercultural transformational process.


International and Intercultural Communication | Organizational Behavior and Theory

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