Boosting Japan's IT labour force - from shortage to skill standards

McCormick, Kevin, Yoshiki, Kurata and Katsuhiko, Tsuzaki (2007) Boosting Japan's IT labour force - from shortage to skill standards. Asian Business & Management, 6. pp. 409-430. ISSN 1472-4782

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Abstract

This paper examines alleged shortages and institutional weaknesses in the education, training and employment of Japan's IT labour force at the beginning of the 21st century. In particular, the paper focusses on recent initiatives taken by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to develop IT skill standards (ITSS) in order to promote external labour markets for IT professionals. Drawing on official sources, surveys and interviews with officials in Japan and the UK, the authors argue that similarities between skill standards in Japan and the UK are more apparent than real. The authors argue that the development, design and application of skill standards must be understood in their respective national institutional contexts.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Kevin McCormick
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2013 10:19
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2013 10:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22524
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