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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540640356
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 438
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Managing in a Low Growth Era - The End of Managerial Idiosyncrasies? 1
Japanese Management Practices in Historical Perspective 13
Sect. 1 Structure, Strategy and Internationalization
I Externalization of Organizations and the Dual Governance Structure 21
II Role of Inter-organizational Networks: The Case of Japanese Corporate Groups 37
Commentary: Externalization and Inter-organizational Networks. How Globalization Transforms the Japanese Model 59
III Modes of Corporate Internationalization: Japanese FDI Strategies in Asia-Pacific 73
IV Japanese Companies in Europe: Their Strategies and Management Practices 91
Commentary 109
Sect. 2 Corporate Governance and Control
V Presidential Turnover and Performance in the Japanese Firm: The Evolution and Change of the Contingent Governance Structure under the Main Bank System 121
VI Corporate Pension Schemes, Corporate Pension Governance, and State (De-) Regulation in Japan 145
VII After Quasi-LBO Discipline: A Historical Reflection on Japanese Corporate Governance 161
Commentary: From Voice to Exit? Corporate Finance Management and Corporate Governance 175
Sect. 3 Industrial Organization
VIII Recession and Globalization: What Future for Japanese Industrial Keiretsu? 183
IX A Changing Image of Japanese Small Entrepreneurs 207
Commentary: A New Step in the Evolution of Japanese Industrial Networks? 229
Sect. 4 Human Resource Management
X Human Resource Management in Japanese Firms Undergoing Transition: A Hierarchical Approach 243
Commentary 263
XI Limits and Latitude of Labour Adjustment Strategies in Japanese Companies 267
Commentary 291
XII Flexible Employment in Japanese Retailing: Toward a Just-in-time Employment Management 295
Commentary: Flexible Employment in Japanese Retailing: Comparisons with Canada and Questions Concerning the Segmentation Theory 313
Sect. 5 Innovation and Technology Management
XIII Japanese Corporate R&D in the 1990s: Change and Continuity 325
Commentary: Japanese R&D Management Practices: The Globalization Challenge 349
XIV The Phase Variety of Product Systems and System-Based Differentiation: An Alternative View on Organizational Capabilities of the Japanese Firm for Product Innovation 357
Commentary: System-Based Differentiation in Japanese Firms. Comments from a German Perspective 377
Sect. 6 Change and Continuity: On the Transformation of the Japanese Management System
XV Transformation of the Japanese Management System: A Contingency View 389
XVI Will Japanese and French "Exceptionalisms" Vanish? The Convergence Hypothesis Reconsidered 409
The Authors 425
Index 431
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