Article HBR ~ Ran movie

Article HBR ~ Ran movie

This is an EXTRA CREDIT assignment for this section of COMM/MGMT 332G. It will require thinking through questions in light of the the things you learned about culture, and specifically about aspects of Japanese culture, which was frequently referred to as an example throughout the course. It was asserted by the instructor that modern Japanese companies and industry structures stemmed directly from feudal economic and societal institutions that governed Japanese life during the nearly 700 year long feudal period (ending in 1868). Though a bit dated, the article written by Kuniyasu Sakai is as applicable today as it was when it was published. The film "Ran" 乱, meaning "confusion", is directed by the world-famous Akira Kurosawa and based on Shakespeare’s King Lear. It is a timeless classic of the Japanese film world.

Your assignment is to read the article and watch the film (or at least part of it since it is quite long) and briefly answer as many of the following questions as you can in no more than 2 pages double-space typed:

Describe the relationship between the feudal lord (daimyo) and his sons. Describe the relationship between the brothers.
Describe the behavioral expectations regarding the sons
Describe and give examples of the preeminent importance of loyalty between the the sons and their direct retainers. What is done to someone who betrays that trust, even though he betrayed it to help defeat a rival?
What is the role of alliances in gaining power over rivals?
In what specific ways does the structure of Japanese industry and business competition mirror that of feudal Japan, as portrayed in the film?
What is supposed to happen to employees of a Japanese company when it is acquired by another Japanese company? In the film, what happened to the samurai (warriors) of the defeated castle?
What impressed you the most about the article and the movie? Why?
Access the article here:

Feudal World of Japanese Manufacturing.pdfPreview the documentView in a new window

Access the movie here:

Go to the library’s homepage (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Click on the Electronic Reserve button
Select Ames from the dropdown list
Click on MGMT 332G
Enter the course password amesmgmt332g
Click on a video link and enter ranSP16
There is a high resolution and a low resolution version of each video and they have been split into pieces of up to 30 minutes in length. If you are watching the video on campus or if you have a very fast broadband connection then I would recommend watching the high resolution version if not then you should watch the low resolution video. If you are watching the high resolution version at home and the video crashes then you should try the low resolution version. WARNING: There are some issues with Internet Explorer 10. If you have IE 10 then you need to run it in compatibility mode or use Firefox or Chrome. On Windows 7 boxes I would recommend using IE 9 or Firefox.


This assignment is worth 2% points of your overall grade. A maximum of 3% points can be earned for extra credit including attendance at guest speaker events, article/movie analysis, and SRI completion.

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