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The Changing Face of Japanese Management

1st Edition

By Keith Jackson, Miyuki Tomioka


272 pages

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For many western managers the approach taken by successful Japanese organisations and their managers has tended to inspire awe, envy and incomprehension in equal measure. But what is so special about 'Japanese' management? And how 'special' is the response of Japanese managers to global business pressures ?

This textbook addresses these questions. It presents case examples generated from interviews with Japanese managers in Japan, Europe and the USA, contextualising their comments by reference to recent research in the fields of international and intercultural management. The book explains how and why individual managers variously perceive threats or opportunities in the business and career environments currently evolving both inside and outside Japan. It combines vivid images of the expected and the exceptional, the traditional with the new and unfamiliar.

The Changing Face of Japanese Management offers management students with little prior knowledge of Japanese business and society, critical insights into what is happening inside Japanese management today. It also offers clear and immediately transferable insights to management practitioners who are preparing to work or negotiate with Japanese business partners.

Table of Contents

1. First Encounters 2. The Face of Japanese Management 3. Learning to Work 4. Starting a Career 5. Losing Patience 6. Losing Trust? 7. Regaining Confidence 8. Facing the Future

About the Authors

Keith Jackson is a tutor and researcher at the Centre for Financial & Management Studies (CeFiMS) at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is currently involved in developing an on-line MBA community based in Konstanz (Germany)

Miyuki Tomioka is currently working for an international management and business consultancy in Japan. She specialises in strategy, e-commerce, and mergers and acquisitions in the global pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries.

About the Series

Working in Asia

This series is designed to offer a fresh and added dimension to the standard academic texts in the area of Asian Business. The titles in the series aim to show how corporations in Asia work in practice, and how change is being experienced by individual members of these organisations. The series will be of interest to students and also to new managers assessing the Asian job market and working environment. Working in Asia is designed to:
* provide readable texts illustrating topics relevant to studies of contemporary business management in Asia
* take an insider's view of changes impacting on the experience of working in corporations in Asia
* illustrate how and why these changes are occurring
* illustrate vividly how individual members of these corporations are recognizing opportunities arising from change
* make general predictions on how working in and with corporations in Asia will change in the near future.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General