Parissa Haghirian is Professor of International Management at Sophia University in Tokyo. She lives and works in Japan since 2004 and is an internationally renowned expert in international management with a focus on Japanese management.


Parissa Haghirian studied Japanese Studies at the University of Vienna (MA 1999) and holds a Master degree (2000) and PhD in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (2003). She is also a visiting professor at HEC Paris, Keio University, Waseda University, Aalto University and the University of Vienna. From 2011 to 2012 she held a professorship in Japanese Management at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich.


Parissa has published several books and articles on the topic of Japanese management, and is the author of Understanding Japanese Management Practices (Business Expert Press, 2010) and Successful Cross-cultural Management: a Guide for International Managers (Business Expert Press 2011). She is also the editor of Japanese Consumer Dynamics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), the “Routledge Handbook of Japanese Business and Management” (Routledge 2016) and "Business Development, Merger and Crisis Management of International Firms in Japan: Featuring Case Studies from Fortune 500 Companies" (World Scientific Publishing 2018).


Professor Haghirian advises companies on intercultural cooperation and coaches top managers in search of new potential for success and perspectives. She holds keynotes at conferences and corporate events in Europe and Asia. She lives in Tokyo and Vienna.