This book sheds new light on Japanese management and its social consequences. Since the collapse of the Japanese bubble economy, the once acclaimed Japanese-style management has been under serious criticism both inside and outside Japan, but this is not a new phenomenon: over the last 50 years, evaluation of Japan and Japanese management has fluctuated widely between extreme affirmation and extreme negation. This study is unique because it is a longitudinal analysis that covers 35 years it uses firsthand information from managers in major Japanese corporations; and by involving several of these managers in the research process the views of actual practitioners are made available.
Table of Contents
Part I. Conceptual Framework 1. The Convergence-Divergence Debate and Japanese Management 2. Characteristics of Japanese Business and Management 3. Japanese National Values and Confucianism Part 11. Period of High Economic Growth (1962-1973) 4. General Environment 5. Industry-Specific Environment 6. Career Entry 7. Career Formulation 8. Overseas Assignments Part 111. Period between Two Oil Crises: A Period of Change (1974-1980) 9. General Environment 10. Industry-Specific Environment 11. Career Progress 12. Overseas Assignments 13. Lives of Alumnae Part IV. Period of Stable Economic Growth to the Bubble Economy (1981- 1990) 14. General Environment 15. Industry-Specific Environment 16. Career Progress and Change 17. Overseas Assignment s 18. Work Lives of Alumnae Part V. Post Bubble Period (1991-2000) 19. General Environment 20. Industry-Specific Environment 21. Top-Level Decision Making 22. Late Career Diversity Part VI. Contemporary Views on Japanese Society and Management 23. Continuity and Change in Japanese Values and Society 24. Change of Japanese-Style Management, Conclusions: From Developmental Capitalism to Globalism?
Makota Ohtsu (Author) , Tomio Imanari (Author)