International Management Development Seminars (IMDS)



To strengthen the international reputation of Sophia, the Sophia University Socio-Economic Institute (SUSEI) was established in 1963. It comprised three sections: Credit Union Center, Asian Social Center (both became independent later), and International Management Development Seminars (IMDS).

* In 1963, “EEC Symposium” (3 days) co-sponsored by Keidanren and the relevant embassies.
* In 1964, “Symposium on Swiss Technology and Industry” (3 days) co-sponsored by the Swiss Embassy, and “Seminar on EEC International Policies” (3 days) co-sponsored by Keizai Doyukai.
* In 1965, “Belgian Industry Symposium” co-sponsored by the Belgian Office of Foreign Trade.

Since 1965, yearly, about 20 public seminars on Japanese business addressing executives in foreign firms were organized by IMDS with the help of Profs. Hideo Inohara and Hideo Kimura. The better speeches were then published in book-form or as monographs. Seminars were also organized abroad, as well as in-house corporate seminars and business consultations.


* Ballon, Robert J., ed. Doing Business in Japan. Tokyo: Sophia/Tuttle, 1967 (translated in Italian)
* Ballon, Robert J., ed. Joint Ventures in Japan. Tokyo: Sophia/Tuttle, 1967.
* Ballon, Robert J., ed. The Japanese Employee. Tokyo: Sophia/Tuttle, 1969.
* Glazer, Herbert. The International Businessman in Japan. Tokyo: Sophia/Tuttle, 1968.


In 1973, IMDS was requested to organize the “Japan Portion” of the JAIMS Program (Japan-America Management Institute, funded by Fujitsu in Hawaii), namely, business briefings and industrial visits. This yearly program lasted until 1988 (total of over 400 foreign students over 15 years). This activity was taken over by the University of Hawaii that assumed responsibility for the academic activities of JAIMS.


* Abegglen, James C. Business Strategies for Japan. Tokyo: Sophia/TBS Britannica, 1970.
* Abegglen, James C. Management and Worker: The Japanese Solution. Tokyo: Sophia/Kodansha, 1973.
* Ballon, Robert J., ed. Japan’s Market and Foreign Business. Tokyo: Sophia/Tuttle, 1971.Revised as Marketing in Japan, Tokyo: Sophia/Tuttle, 1973.
* Ballon, Robert J. and Eugene H. Lee, eds. Foreign Investment and Japan. Tokyo:Sophia/Kodansha, 1972
* Ballon, Robert J., Iwao Tomita and Hajime Usami. Financial Reporting in Japan. Tokyo: Sophia/Kodansha, 1976.


In 1981, IMDS was incorporated in the Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) as an “outside activity” In 1988, IMDS was requested to assume the responsibility of the “seminar portion” of the Executive Training Programme in Japan (ETP 8), an 18-month program sponsored yearly by the European Community for young European business executives. This activity went on until ETP 20 (2001-02). The total number of participants was 574. In 2002, as a result of international bidding, the program was taken over by a French institution.


* Abegglen, James C. and George Stalk, Jr. Kaisha, The Japanese Corporation: How Marketing, Money, and Manpower Strategy, Not Management Style, Make the Japanese World Pace-setters. New York: Basic Books, 1985.
* Ballon, Robert J. and Iwao Tomita. The Financial Behavior of Japanese Corporations. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1988
* Gregory, Gene. Japanese Electronics Technology: Enterprise and Innovation. Tokyo: The Japan Times, 1986.


In 1996, the public seminars organized by IMDS were discontinued. From 1965 to 1997, a total of 558 seminars were attended by over 10,000 participants. In 1997, business monographs were discontinued. Between 1960 to 1997, a total of 145 issues and a total number of copies of over 100,000 were published.


* Abegglen, James C. Sea Change: Pacific Asia as the New World Industrial Center. New York:Free Press, 1994.
* Ballon, Robert J. Foreign Competition in Japan: Human Resource Strategies. London:Routledge, 1992 (translated into Spanish).
* Inohara, Hideo. Human Resource Development in Japanese Companies. Tokyo: Asian Productivity Organization, 1990.
* Ballon, Robert J. and Makoto Matsuzaki. Japanese Business and Financial Disclosure. Tokyo:Nikkei, 2000.
* Ballon, Robert J. and Keikichi Honda. Stakeholding: The Japanese Bottom Line.Tokyo:The Japan Times, 2000.

IMDS finished its activity in 2002.