Kimono in the Boardroom: The Invisible Evolution of Japanese Women Managers / Edition 4

Kimono in the Boardroom: The Invisible Evolution of Japanese Women Managers / Edition 4

by Jean R. Renshaw
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195117654

ISBN-13: 9780195117653

Pub. Date: 09/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Japanese women, who comprise more than 40% of their country's workforce, are essential to the Japanese economy. Yet they are not typically thought of as managers, at home or abroad. Jean Renshaw challenges that perception in this pathbreaking book, showing readers where and how an "invisible evolution" is occurring in Japanese business.

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Japanese women, who comprise more than 40% of their country's workforce, are essential to the Japanese economy. Yet they are not typically thought of as managers, at home or abroad. Jean Renshaw challenges that perception in this pathbreaking book, showing readers where and how an "invisible evolution" is occurring in Japanese business.

Traditional norms of lifetime employment, the seniority system, and the bureaucratic, tightly knit nature of Japanese industry all restrict women's entry into management. Despite these enormous barriers, the number of Japanese women managers has almost doubled in the last ten years. In an effort to discover the secrets of their success, Renshaw interviewed over 150 successful Japanese women managers. She explored family backgrounds, personal characteristics, socialization, professional experiences, and corporate cultures. This book presents her sometimes surprising discoveries. Renshaw completes the picture by surveying the history of Japanese women in management and discussing the even newer phenomenon of Japanese women who own their own businesses.

An eye-opening work for managers of international firms and scholars of business and women's studies, Kimono in the Boardroom reveals the potential of the rising female managerial class to profoundly change the male-dominated culture of modern Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195117653
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Part I - Japan's Hidden Assets
Introduction
1. Today's Japanese Woman
2. Growing Up Japanese and Female
3. Sex Roles, Creation Myths, and Power
Part II - The Drama of Corporate Life Roles, Action, and Status
4. Otoko no Shakai: A Man's World
5. The Search for Japanese Women Managers
6. Paths to Management
7. Glass Ceilings and Shoji Screens
Part III - Pawaa: A Redefinition of Power and Leadership
8. Samurai and Women Warriors
9. Moving Shoji Screens to Include Women
10. A Search for Identity
11. The Men in Their Lives
12. Visions and Strategic Choices
Epilogue - A Future for Japanese Women Managers?

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