Yi Zhu 朱 藝

    Ph.D., Business ethnographer

Assistant Professor, University of Tsukuba (Japan)


“Where is your hometown?” This is a very difficult question for me to answer.

I was born in Hubei Province, China and moved to Nagoya city, Japan when I was six years old. I grew up in Nagoya and this experiences makes me a Chinese who speaks Nagoya dialect.

I’ve lived in several cities in China, two cities in Japan for my higher education and in Hong Kong where I studied four and a half years for my PhD study. After working at Kyushu University (Kyushu, Japan), I have moved to University of Tsukuba (Ibaraki-ken, Japan) in April 2015.

I’ve always been interested in studying company management and this led me to my PhD study. My research field  is called “business anthropology” and my research is a company study based on participant observation. My thesis examines the interaction between the company’s control and employees’ manipulation of their work performance. My research intends to contribute to overturn the conventional ideas about Japanese Management and industrial relations.


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