The End of Japanese Management: How Soon?

Mroczkowski, Tomasz; Hanaoka, Masao
July 1998
Human Resource Planning;1998, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p20
Academic Journal
The fact that Japanese human resource management (HRM) practices have been changing significantly is acknowledged in the West, but this process is often not well understood. This paper first assesses how the presently used "transition" system of human resource management differs from the classical model of Japanese management and then presents a forecast of the Japanese HRM model for the next 15 years. It is predicted that distinctive Japanese HRM practices will be phased out by approximately 2010 and will assume forms that are similar to those prevailing in the West. Results of the forecast support the contingency theory of Japanese management.


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