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Adam Komisarof

Adam Komisarof


Tokyo, Japan

Adam Komisarof, Ph.D., is a professor in Keio University’s Faculty of Letters and also teaches in Keio Business School’s Executive and Graduate School Programs. During the 2012-13 academic year, he served as a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and conducted research as a visiting academic at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies. As a bilingual intercultural trainer (Japanese and English), he has performed scores of workshops for large companies and governmental organizations in the United States, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Europe. He has trained thousands of participants—from executives to new hires — in topics including effective intercultural communication strategies, building effective multicultural teams, as well as assertive communication.

Dr. Komisarof earned his B.A. from Brown University in the United States, his M.A. in Intercultural Communication from Antioch University, and his PhD from International Christian University (ICU) in Public Administration with a focus on intercultural communication in business. He has passed the first level of the Japanese proficiency test, was a certified Japanese teacher in the United States, and completed Keio University’s Program in Advanced Japanese Studies as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. He is the author of over 40 publications and three books, including On the Front Lines of Forging a Global Society: Japanese and American Coworkers in Japan (2011), as well as At Home Abroad: The Contemporary Western Experience in Japan (2012). Professor Komisarof’s research has led him to spend years interviewing and surveying businesspeople, as well as analyzing which practices work best to create positive intercultural communication and multicultural team effectiveness in the workplace.

Adam on how to become a trusted member of a Japanese team