Whatever happened to the Japanese model?

McCormick, Kevin (2002) Whatever happened to the Japanese model? In: Paper to RC 23 Sociology of Organisation at the International Sociological Association conference, July 7-13, 2002, Brisbane.

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Abstract

Japanese institutions no longer enjoy their awesome reputation of the 1980s and the heyday of 'learning from Japan'. Japan's relatively poor economic performance through the 1990s has brought criticism and calls for reform. Does this mean the end of 'the Japanese model' of business and management? This paper will argue: (1) that there was not one but several models of Japanese business and management; (2) that this variety reflected the variety of purposes and interests of the creators of the models; (3) that accounts of the Japanese model are being revised in the light of current reform attempts; (4) that dismissal of Japanese business and management is premature, that current reforms are unlikely to lead to a simple adoption of the 'Anglo-Saxon model' in Japan, and that the variety of Japanese business and management practices are more likely to be seen in terms of a variety of Japanese models rather than a singular model of Japanese organization.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Kevin McCormick
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:22
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2012 15:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25673
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