Current Institutional Affiliation
Dennis J. Encarnation & Associates, LLC

Dennis Encarnation has devoted his professional life to the study and practice of globalization, both as a university professor and as a global consultant on six continents. As a professor, Dennis recently retired from Harvard University, having joined the faculty in 1982.  He spent the first half of his Harvard career on the faculty of the Harvard Business School, and the second half at the Harvard Kennedy School.   As a consultant, Dennis has worked with a broad range of multinational and local corporations, as well as with government agencies, multilateral institutions and nongovernmental organizations.  Dennis is currently writing a book on globalization that draws on his 40 years of academic research and consulting experience.

Award Information

Abe Fellowship 1992
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Associate Professor, Business Administration, Harvard University
An Emerging Yen Bloc? A Study of National Governments and Multinational Corporations in East Asia

As economic cooperation in Western Europe and North America accelerates, substantial questions have emerged regarding the magnitude and pace of regional integration in East Asia, where Japan exerts powerful influences. In answer, prior research offers conflicting evidence based on wide variation in intraregional patterns of trade and investment. To measure such differences over time, among countries, across industries, and between corporations requires the judicious assembly of quantitative and qualitative data gathered from various government and corporate sources in America, Japan, and elsewhere in East Asia. These data, according to my preliminary analyses, reveal the critical roles played by both national governments and multinational corporations as they fundamentally restructure East Asian economies. A resulting interdependence among nations at different levels of industrial development promises to transform international relations across East Asia, as well as between that dynamic region and the United States.