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1st Edition

Japanese Company in Crisis

ISBN 9780415346856
Published May 18, 2005 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Japanese white-collar workers have been characterised by their intense loyalty and life-long commitment to their companies. This book is based on very extensive ethnographic research inside a Japanese insurance company during the period when the company was going through a major crisis which ended in the company's bankruptcy and collapse. It examines the attitudes of Japanese employees towards their work, their company and related issues at a time when the established order and established attitudes were under threat. The wide range and detail of the reporting of workers' attitudes, often in their own words, sustained over a considerable timescale, makes this study a particularly valuable resource.


'This book is a very useful study of employee's orientation to work and life...A Japanese Company in Crisis will be essential reading for Japan-watchers, and quite valuable for those interested in organizational ethnography more generally.' - Organization 13(1)