The Change of a Lifetime: Employment Patterns among Japan's Managerial Eliteby John C. Beck, Martha N. Beck
The Change of a Lifetime describes one of the most important economic changes taking place in Japan at the present time - the move away from lifetime employment among Japan's corporate elite. While it is not expected that Japanese labor practices will converge fully with those in the West, the authors believe that the traditional Japanese employment system, much lauded during the 1970s, has come to an end. Through firsthand observations, John Beck and Martha Beck show that companies and corporate managers are increasingly less inclined to participate in the system for permanent employment. They draw out the implication of this change on Japanese society itself and on international competitiveness.
In an engaging and convincing narrative, based on intervew and archival data, The Change of a Lifetime refutes the myth of homogeneity and stability of Japan's corporate employment system. This work is an important contribution to the growing literature on contemporary Japanese management and is of considerable theoretical and partical significance for scholars of comparative managment systems. It will be of interest to both scholars of sociology, anthropology, and economics and those conducting business with Japanese firms.
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