Group excellence: A model for the application of Japanese Management to Mental Health Centers

  • Steve Davidson


Mental health centers and other government sponsored service organizations need highly effective management techniques. In this era of tightening budgets, the Japanese Management System may be a way of increasing both excellence and employee satisfaction. Managers who choose to explore this system may need a concise, written model as a guide to the ingenious, extensive, and paradoxical Japanese Management System. The System centers around quality control circles—autonomous problem-solving groups that strive for excellence. Composed of hierarchically interlocking groups, it uses a wide selection of group cohesion techniques to inspire esprit de corps, and an interlocking set of rewards governs behavior at every level. Decision making is collective (although supervisors retain veto power), and execution of ideas, once agreed upon, is quick and consistent. The System operates holistically, enthusiastically, with a high degree of excellence and mutual concern.


Japanese Management Mental Health Center General System Theory Clerical Staff American Corporation 
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© Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steve Davidson
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  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologySan Diego

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