Prof. Ralf BEBENROTH, Kobe University Japan



Research Interests

The most influential German business researcher Eugen Schmalenbach already stated that it is important for scientific researcher not to lose track to real life issues. I consider it as important; therefore, to do active outreach activities to foreign firms in Japan. As I am native German, naturally, I try to support German firms in Japan, especially at Kansai area.
Open for interesting projects to conduct, especially at Kansai area,

Experiences in the following areas:

  • Market research for multiple German firms.
  • Consulting for firms, specifically for the ones with the intention to come to Japan.
  • Representation of foreign firms in Japan
  • If interesting, translations (e.g. patent translations).

Network in Japan:

  • Due to 22 years in Japan, many contacts to business and academics in Japan.
  • Contacts to official and local entities.

Regional Activity:

  • Kansai-area (Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto region), exceptionally activity at Tokyo or other geographic areas.

Some of my activities so far:

  • Company- research and teaching at diesel engine producer at Osaka, Shiga.
  • Integration and communication manager for a Japanese Steelmaker at Shingawa, Tokyo.
  • Inpatriate study of Technology Firm at Kyoto.
  • Feasibility study and Due Diligence for music group: “Die Soehne Mannheims” to enter the Japanese market: Der Mannheimer Morgen
  • Project study for several firms in automobil and machinery sector.
  • Projects for German winery firm to enter Japanese market.
  • Research for German post and DHL
  • Research for German Ministry for trading environmental certificates.