Multi-Hazard Disaster in Japan

Part of the Pentalemma Series on Managing Global Dilemmas

by Dylan Scudder (Author)
©2020 Prompt XVI, 100 Pages


Against the backdrop of an increasingly globalized business environment, this book provides readers with a pragmatic approach to international management of complex issues that arise from the tension between financial goals and social imperatives. If the challenge of management is making decisions in situations of uncertainty, Multi-Hazard Disaster in Japan is the ultimate test of finding business solutions in extremely volatile situations. Based on firsthand experience and years of rigorous research, this book leverages a real-world case of a global company responding to a historical mega-disaster to let readers experience defining moments of managing with limited information, time pressure and a dwindling budget. Almost as if "parachuting" into an escalating disaster scenario, readers form critical relationships with characters that introduce them to management tools and techniques they need to arrive at a successful conclusion. The excitement and intensity of Multi-Hazard Disaster in Japan equips business leaders of today and tomorrow with valuable know-how they can apply to the uncertainties of everyday business in an international context.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Epigraph
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • Figures
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Disaster Management
  • 2. Strategy and Tactics
  • 3. Logical Thinking
  • Conclusion
  • Other Books by This Author


Multi-Hazard Disaster in Japan provides readers with a hands-on approach to dealing with the complexities unique to international management. The book draws strategically on this complexity to help readers cultivate greater critical thinking. It goes beyond the usual static business decisions related to setting the right price or memorizing truisms of management, and chooses instead dynamic real-world cases that require serious deliberation and creative problem-solving. While the book has been fictionalized, it is based on firsthand fieldwork and rigorous research on actual business cases.

Each of the three chapters starts out with a brief background of the context and the company, and then confronts the reader with a formidable and escalating challenge to work through. The scenarios include a high degree of complexity that companies often face in fragile or uncertain environments, whether in developing or industrialized countries.

With a focus on cross-sector collaboration, and managing the tensions between financial, social and environmental priorities, the trilogy helps readers learn how to develop creative solutions to seemingly insurmountable dilemmas. The book contributes in this way to ←xi | xii→management skills as well as to the knowledge needed to resolve issues in economic development, peace and conflict studies, political science, international relations and related fields.

Although the topics deal with high levels of complexity, they are written in an engaging and accessible way for both current and future managers interested in stakeholder management, business in developing countries, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainable business, international entrepreneurship, strategic leadership, global business issues and related subjects.

Multi-Hazard Disaster in Japan is written as a trilogy to let readers experience how a business challenge evolves over three distinct phases. This design enables readers to “stack” their learning from one part of the book to another. As business issues take on an increasingly global character, the material is organized to help the next generation of business leaders prepare for a wide range of scenarios in uniquely challenging environments.

Disclaimer: This book is intended solely as discussion material. None of the content is intended to serve as examples of effectiveness or ineffectiveness of any kind. Though inspired by real-world events, many of the names of the people, groups and other entities appearing in this work have been changed to preserve anonymity. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.


XVI, 100
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2020 (March)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2020. XVI, 100 pp., 3 b/w ill.

Biographical notes

Dylan Scudder (Author)

Dylan Scudder earned an MA in conflict studies and worked for five years with the UN. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Tokyo, specializing in executive decision-making.


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