This volume collects eleven essays written by Japanese experts on various aspects of Japanese business management and is a sequel to the volume Industry and Business in Japan. It examines the mechanisms for Japan’s phenomenal economic growth since the Second World War by analyzing Japanese management, business groups, production systems and business strategy.
1. Mechanistic vs Organic Management Systems: A Comparative Study of Adaptive Patterns of American and Japanese Firms Tadao Kagano, Ikujiro Nonaka, Akihiro Okumura, Kiyonori Sakakibara, Yoichi Komatsu, Akinobu Sakashita 2. The Growth of Firms in Japan: An Empirical Study of Chief Executives Ryuei Shimizu 3. Structural Uniformity and Cultural Diversity in Organizations: A Comparative Study of Factories in Britain, Japan and Sweden Koya Azumi, David Hickson, Dezso Horvath, Charles McMillan 4. The Structure of Managerial Control: Who Own and Controls Japanese Business? Tadonori Nichiyama 5. Interfirm Relations in an Enterprise Group: The Case of Mitsubishi Hiroshi Okumura 6. How the Toyota Production System was Created. Taiichi Ohno 7. Quality Control in Japan: The Case of Fuji Xerox Yotaro Kobayashi 8. Productivity and Quality Control: Case Studies Japanese External Trade Organization 9. The Grand Strategy of Japanese Business Yasuo Okamoto 10. Diversification Strategies and Economic Performance Hiroyuki Itami, Tadao Kagona, Hideki Yoshihara, Akimitsu Sakuma 11. General Comparison of Financial Characteristics Between Merging and Nonmerging Firms in Japan Yasuo Hoshino