International in perspective, this volume provides insights into the important problem of how to transfer Japanese practice to Western countries. It also examines key aspects of Japanese multinationals and discusses how they are developing their global strategies and how they are managing their local workforces. Topics covered include relations with suppliers, governments and competitors, leadership patterns and business philosophy. The impact of Japanese multinationals on the local economies of host countries is a particular focus. The dynamics of strategic alliances, technology transfers and research and development centres are also discussed.
List of Figures, tables, contributors. 1. Introduction Nigel Campbell. 2. Japanese Capitalism, Anglo-Saxon Capitalism: How Will the Darwinian Contest Turn Out? Ronald Dore. Part I: Global Strategies. 3. The Globalization of Japanese Firms Hiroyuki Itami. 4. The Trade Effects of Japanese Manufacturing Investment in the UK Economy Roger Strange. 5. International Alliances as a Strategic Tool of Japanese Electronic Companies Fred Burton and Freddy Saelens. 6. Global Strategy in the Japanese Semiconductor Industry: Knowledge Creation Through Strategic Alliances Yoshiya Teramoto, Frank-Juergen Richter, Naoto Iwasaki, Tohru Takai and Yukihiro Wakuta. 7. Japanese Joint Ventures In Italy: A Second-Best Strategy? Corrado Molteni. 8. The Strategic role of Japanese R&D Centres in the UK David Cairncross. 9. Organizational Perestroika: Intra-Company Markets in Japanese Multinational Corporations Tadao Kagono and Nigel Campbell. Part II: Strategies for Human Resource Management and Supply Relationships. 10. The Best of Both Worlds? Human Resource Management Practices in US-based Japanese Affiliates Schon Beechler and Allan Bird. 11. The Transfer of Human Resource Management Systems Overseas: An Exploratory Study of Japanese and American Maquiladoras Schon Beechler and Sully Taylor. 12. The Core Workforce – Peripheral Workforce Dichotomy and the Transfer of Japanese Management Practices Vagelis Dedoussis. 13. The Challenges of Globalization: The Strategic Role of Local managers in Japanese-owned US Subisidiaries Vladimir Pucik. 14. Compensation System and Practice At A Japanese Owned and Managed Sales Subsidiary in the USA Noriya Sumihara. 15. Organizational Development in Japanese Overseas Subsidaries Daniel Dirks. 16. Supplier Relations in the Japanese Auto Industry: An Empirical Comparison with the US Industry M Bansauou. Index.