Japanese Management in the Low Growth Era: Between External Shocks and Internal Evolution / Edition 1

Japanese Management in the Low Growth Era: Between External Shocks and Internal Evolution / Edition 1

by Daniel Dirks
     
 

ISBN-10: 3540640355

ISBN-13: 9783540640356

Pub. Date: 01/01/1999

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Japanese firms are in the midst of the most protracted economic crisis in their post-war history. The end of the "bubble economy" has led to a long era of low growth. This change in the general business environment has profound consequences for the management and the organization of corporate Japan, as well as for the theory of the Japanese firm. The contributions to…  See more details below

Overview

Japanese firms are in the midst of the most protracted economic crisis in their post-war history. The end of the "bubble economy" has led to a long era of low growth. This change in the general business environment has profound consequences for the management and the organization of corporate Japan, as well as for the theory of the Japanese firm. The contributions to this book cover a broad range of subjects, from the strategies and organizational structures of firms to their management of human resources and innovation processes in the 1990s. These changes are systematically commented on by field specialists from abroad, especially Europe, relating the situation in Japan to comparable developments in other countries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783540640356
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Edition description:
1999
Pages:
438
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

Table of Contents

Managing in a Low Growth Era - The End of Managerial Idiosyncrasies?1
Japanese Management Practices in Historical Perspective13
Sect. 1Structure, Strategy and Internationalization
IExternalization of Organizations and the Dual Governance Structure21
IIRole of Inter-organizational Networks: The Case of Japanese Corporate Groups37
Commentary: Externalization and Inter-organizational Networks. How Globalization Transforms the Japanese Model59
IIIModes of Corporate Internationalization: Japanese FDI Strategies in Asia-Pacific73
IVJapanese Companies in Europe: Their Strategies and Management Practices91
Commentary109
Sect. 2Corporate Governance and Control
VPresidential Turnover and Performance in the Japanese Firm: The Evolution and Change of the Contingent Governance Structure under the Main Bank System121
VICorporate Pension Schemes, Corporate Pension Governance, and State (De-) Regulation in Japan145
VIIAfter Quasi-LBO Discipline: A Historical Reflection on Japanese Corporate Governance161
Commentary: From Voice to Exit? Corporate Finance Management and Corporate Governance175
Sect. 3Industrial Organization
VIIIRecession and Globalization: What Future for Japanese Industrial Keiretsu?183
IXA Changing Image of Japanese Small Entrepreneurs207
Commentary: A New Step in the Evolution of Japanese Industrial Networks?229
Sect. 4Human Resource Management
XHuman Resource Management in Japanese Firms Undergoing Transition: A Hierarchical Approach243
Commentary263
XILimits and Latitude of Labour Adjustment Strategies in Japanese Companies267
Commentary291
XIIFlexible Employment in Japanese Retailing: Toward a Just-in-time Employment Management295
Commentary: Flexible Employment in Japanese Retailing: Comparisons with Canada and Questions Concerning the Segmentation Theory313
Sect. 5Innovation and Technology Management
XIIIJapanese Corporate R&D in the 1990s: Change and Continuity325
Commentary: Japanese R&D Management Practices: The Globalization Challenge349
XIVThe Phase Variety of Product Systems and System-Based Differentiation: An Alternative View on Organizational Capabilities of the Japanese Firm for Product Innovation357
Commentary: System-Based Differentiation in Japanese Firms. Comments from a German Perspective377
Sect. 6Change and Continuity: On the Transformation of the Japanese Management System
XVTransformation of the Japanese Management System: A Contingency View389
XVIWill Japanese and French "Exceptionalisms" Vanish? The Convergence Hypothesis Reconsidered409
The Authors425
Index431

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