The Japanese Management Metamorphosis:. What Western Executives Need to Know About Current Japanese Management Practices

  • PUDELKO M
  • MENDENHALL M
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Abstract

After more than a decade of economic difficulties, it appears that the Japanese economy is finally regaining strength. The recovery necessitated fundamental macroeconomic restructuring, which raised an important question that we set out to answer in this article: "How are Japanese companies reinventing themselves in terms of the traditional Japanese management model?" To find answers, we surveyed the heads of human resource departments of 68 large Japanese corporations from a variety of different manufacturing and service industries. Our findings suggest that among Japanese managers there is a clear understanding that their own management model is in crisis, necessitating a profound strategic reorientation, and that they are looking to the U.S. management practices in particular as important sources of inspiration. What seems to be currently emerging is a new Japanese management model that our respondents characterized as a combination of "Japanized hybridization" and a "major reform )

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  • MARKUS PUDELKO

  • MARK E. MENDENHALL

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