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Author Yoshimura, Noboru.

Title Inside the Kaisha : demystifying Japanese business behavior / Noboru Yoshimura, Philip Anderson.

Published Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School Press, [1997]


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 UniM Bail  302.350952 YOSH    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 259 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [241]-246) and index.
Contents Introduction: Why Another Book on Japanese Management? -- Ch. 1. The Making of a Salaryman -- Ch. 2. An Insider's Perspective on the Kaisha -- Ch. 3. Insiders and Outsiders: Dual Models Mean Double Standards -- Ch. 4. Harmony Prevails, but Trust Is Rare -- Ch. 5. Cooperation Serves to Curb "Matching" Competition -- Ch. 6. Stop Bashing the West for Short-Term Thinking -- Ch. 7. Ambiguous Goals Are Control Mechanisms -- Ch. 8. Status Anxiety Leads to Egalitarian Hierarchy -- Ch. 9. Gaishi Salaryman: The Outsider's Perspective.
Summary Inside the Kaisha is an in-depth and sensitive exploration by a Japanese middle manager - a salaryman now in his thirties, who spent five years at Sumitomo Bank - and an American professor. Only after leaving Sumitomo could Noboru Yoshimura write this book; no Japanese employee currently inside a Japanese organization could report and interpret with such honesty and perspective without fear of rejection. Collaborating with Anderson, who was determined to teach his management students from a global perspective, Yoshimura interviewed dozens of salarymen to paint a distinctive picture of Japanese organizational life - as told to one of their own.
Yoshimura and Anderson unravel six apparent contradictions in Japanese business conduct - such as why Japanese firms emphasize cooperation yet display fiercely competitive behavior, and why so much ambiguity can coexist with careful attention to documentation, precision, and clear rules. The results of their investigation will help all those who do business with the Japanese (whether as suppliers, customers, allies, or rivals) understand and step into the world of the salaryman.
Other author Anderson, Philip, 1956-
Subject Industrial management -- Japan.
Corporate culture -- Japan.
National characteristics, Japanese.
ISBN 0875844154 (alk. paper)