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Qualitative research on the influence of cultural difference on the learning of consensus building process

- Cases from Korea and Japan -

Project description:

The goal of this research project is to identify cultural barriers in engaging Korean and Japanese students in collaborative learning on consensus building processes. Consensus building processes has been used in the US for more than 30 years to resolve public policy disputes. Asian practitioners and scholars are now interested in applying those processes to their own public policy disputes. Practitioners from the US occasionally conduct train-the-trainer seminars in Asia to teach and train necessary skills for managing consensus building processes. However, for those Asian students to be able to adapt the processes to their own settings appropriately, cultural differences between the US and the Asian countries have to be carefully addressed in seminars. Through a series of focus group interviews with the graduates of seminars in Korea and Japan, I will explore how cultural differences can impede, or facilitate, the learning of consensus building processes.

Interview data:

Interview guidelines

Transcripts (with Japanese, translated into English)

  • Subject 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
  • Group interview [N/A on line: in order to protect the interviewees' identities ]

Papers and reports:

1. Teaching Negotiation and Public Dispute Resolution in Japan: a qualitative study on contextual differences.

A paper presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference 2005
(co-authored with Lawrence Susskind, Hideo Yamanaka, and Yuki Kori.)

  • Paper (PDF file)
  • Abstract
  • Presentation materials (PDF file)

2. Full project report

  • Summary (in Japanese)
  • Main text (PDF File)


This project was supported by the Matsushita International Foundation.