Continuity versus Change: The Key Dilemma for Japanese Management
In recent years there has been an abundance of testimonials on the relative decline in competitiveness of the Japanese economy and the Japanese management model. Many of these reports suggest that the only way for Japan to regain its competitiveness is to adopt management practices from the business model that currently, due to its alleged superiority, seems to be the focus point of global convergence: the Western, or more specifically, the Anglo-Saxon model. Indeed, it seems that the majority of management scholars are advising Japan to adopt certain key characteristics of the Anglo-Saxon model, and in many ways these are the opposite of those of the traditional Japanese system. This includes a comparatively stronger focus on the following.1
KeywordsEconomic Crisis Europe
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