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Abstract Submission Due: Feb 15
Notification of Acceptance: March 1
Full Paper Submission Due: March 20
Registration Due: March 20

Social Science Quarterly Online ISSN: 1540-6237

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Stephen B. Ryan
Professor of Intercultural Communication Yamagata University, Japan


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The 2nd International Conference on Social Science and Management (ICSSAM 2014)
May 07 - May 09 / Kyoto, Japan


Latest News:

Noted, since there's a long break in Japan (April 26-May 6), we had to send the conference program and proceedings to be printed and published early. Any requests for modifying the author’s information/abstract/full paper in the ICSSAM program/proceedings are not accepted after April 9, 2014

For poster session, please see Poster Panel.pdf for format of poster.

京都大阪奈良5日遊Tour proposal for participants from Taiwan

In response to a large number of requests from Taiwan participants, the Flying Master Trav
el proposed their tour plan to Kyoto, Japan. Detailed information can be found below. This is a non-profit service by the secretariat. If you have any questions, please contact the travel agent directly.

20140507-Kyoto Tour Proposal (3).pdf 報名截止:2014.03.21

Recommendation of stay-list of hotel options near 2014 ICSSAM venue, please find hotel_map_in_kyoto.pdf

Japanese Visa for tourists (short-term stay)

Please be notified that ICSSAM is not authorized to assist with the VISA process beyond providing a 2014 ICSSAM Invitation Letter

Should your application be denied, ICSSAM cannot change the decision of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nor will ICSSAM engage in discussion or correspondence with the MOFA or the Embassy of Japan on behalf of the applicant.

Guide to Japanese Visa:

Call for Papers Submission Deadline Extension -March 15.2014


ICSSAM 2014 is an international conference for state-of-the-art research in Social Science and Management. 2014 International Conference on Social Science and Management - ICSSAM 2014 will be held in Kyoto, Japan during May 7-9, 2014. It is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel and fundamental advances in the fields of Social Science and Management. It also serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in improving Social Science and Management related techniques.

English is the official language of the conference. We welcome paper submissions. Prospective authors are invited to submit full and original research papers which is NOT submitted/published/under consideration anywhere in other conferences and journals.

Author Style Guide_ICSSAM.doc. Submit your paper NOW!


Keynote Speech Topic

Recognizing the Effect of Hidden Cultural Bias in Cross-Cultural Communication

Stephen B. Ryan

Professor of Intercultural Communication

Yamagata University, Japan

Summary of Keynote

Culture is a meaning system of norms, beliefs, values and traditions that we share with other members of our community. It is both dynamic in that it evolves as we interact with different groups or contexts and stable as these values and beliefs are passed down from one generation to the next. It defines who we are as community members and shapes our interpretation of reality by helping us unconsciously select which stimuli are important and which can be ignored. In other words, culture helps us simplify, stereotype and make sense of a highly complex world in a smooth and efficient way.

As conference participants from all over the world gather here in Kyoto to present our research to others from distinct cultural backgrounds, we each bring with us a unique set of cultural norms and hidden cultural biases that we use to interpret others’ communicative behavior. Although this cross-cultural interaction is easily discernible, our interpretations and ultimate conclusions are based on unrecognized cultural schemata.  This is problematic for the international sojourner because cross-cultural and psychology research has shown that our cultural schema creates a hidden bias that guides our behavior most often without our awareness.

The aim of my own research and this presentation are two fold. First, I hope to make clear that culture influences and shapes how we make decisions, interpret research findings and communicate with others. It is a pervasive influence that is vastly underestimated affecting all academic fields of study and yet its effects go largely unnoticed.  The second aim is to present my research of how cultural schemata can be brought to the surface and investigated so that cross-cultural misunderstandings can be better understood or even avoided. The focus of my research is on business contexts between Japanese and Americans.

Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

Communication Management
Language and Communication
Information Communication
Communication Arts
Education Communications and Technology

History and Geography
Human Geography
Literature and Poetry
Music and Art 
Regional Studies
Religious studies
Museums & heritage

The overall economy and economic growth
Econometric models and test methods
The formation of human resources and market mechanisms
Economic theory and mathematical economy
The public economy and economy of public health
The environment, resources, and agricultural economy
Economic Analysis of Family interactions

Psychology and Counseling
Adult and Continuing Education 
Educational Theory  
Education Policy  
Civic Education and Leadership
Special Education
Rehabilitation Counseling
Early Childhood Education
E-Learning Technology
Higher Education
Lifelong Learning

Finance Engineering
Stock Market
Finance Management
Risk Management

Civil Law
Criminal Law
Public Law
Economic and Financial Law
Labor and Social Law
International Human Right Law
Legal History
Conflict of Laws
Copy Right Law
Climate Change Law

Business Administration
International Enterprise
Human resources
Logistics and Supply Chain
Organizational Behavior
Information Management
Electronic Commerce
Industry Innovation
Corporate Governance 
Management Innovation
Hospitality and Tourism Management

Political Science
Public Administration and Policy
International Affairs and Strategic Studies
Governmental Systems & Practices
Politics and Ethics
International Relations
Political Economy
Regional Studies
Reforming and Consolidated
History of Western Political Thought
Western Constitutional Thought

General Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Cultural Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Educational Psychology
School Psychology
Physiological Psychology
Health Psychology
Environmental Psychology
Personality and Social Psychology
Mental Diseases and Psychotherapy
Consulting Psychology

Social Research or Social Science
Social Policy and Social Legislation
Caring or Research for the Elderly
Social Psychology
Family Research
Child Research
Online Society/Online Community
Ethic in Society/Online Society
Globalization Impacts
Social Works in Modern Society
Technology/Criminology in Society

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