Japanese Multinationals Abroad: Individual and Organizational Learning

Hardcover | August 1, 1998

EditorSchon L. Beechler, Allan Bird

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A defining feature of Japan's emergence as a global economic superpower has been Japanese firms' establishment of thousands of affiliate operations in North America, Europe, and Asia. Despite the tremendous importance of this development, there have been surprisingly few articles published onthe management of Japanese operations abroad, and even fewer attempts to collect and make sense of this scholarship. Schon Beechler and Allan Bird remedy this situation with Japanese Multinationals Abroad: Individual and Organizational Learning, a unique collection of essays from an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars. The book opens with an introduction by the editors, followed by a chapteranalyzing the evolution of research on multinational enterprises in general and on Japanese multinational corporations in particular. The remainder of the book is divided into three sections. In the first section the contributors address the impact of Japanese management practices on individuals and groups, analyzing the interactions between Japanese expatriates and local employees that lead to negotiated "third cultures." Thesecond section shifts to the business unit level, examining the ways in which Japanese firms attempt to transfer or substantially modify home country management philosophies, policies, and practices to fit the local affiliate. The final section, focused on the corporate level, deals with theimpact of subsidiary management activities on the organization as a whole. The contributors address various aspects of organizational learning related to the transfer of managerial knowledge from subsidiary to parent or from one overseas affiliate to another. Japanese Multinationals Abroad: Individual and Organizational Learning addresses a set of issues that are critical for both international business researchers and practicing managers. It not only provides an integrated picture of how Japanese employees and organizations learn to adapt and prosper,it presents an clear lessons for all multinational corporations, regardless of their national origins.

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A defining feature of Japan's emergence as a global economic superpower has been Japanese firms' establishment of thousands of affiliate operations in North America, Europe, and Asia. Despite the tremendous importance of this development, there have been surprisingly few articles published onthe management of Japanese operations abroa...

Schon Beechler is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and Director of the Columbia Senior Executive Program. Allan Bird is Professor of International Management and head of the Global Strategy and Law Area in the College of Business at California Polytechnic State University

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.09 × 6.3 × 1.18 inPublished:August 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Part I. Introduction1. Allan Bird and Schon Beechler: The End of Innocence: Japanese Multinationals Abroad2. D. Eleanor Westney: Changing Perspectives on the Organization of Japanese Multinational CompaniesPart II. Putting Japanese and Local Nationals Together: Creating Third Cultures3. Mary Yoko Brannen and Jane E. Salk: When Japanese and Other Nationals Create Something New: A Comparative Study of Negotiated Work Culture in Germany and the United States4. Jill Kleinberg: Negotiated Understandings: The Organizational Implications of a Cross-National Business Negotiation5. Noiya Sumihara: Roles of Knowledge and "Cross-Knowledge" in Creating a Third Cutlure: An Example of Performance Appraisal in a Japanese Corporation in New York6. Rochelle Kopp: The Rice-Paper Ceiling in Japanese Companies: Why It Exists and PersistsPart III. Transplanting and Transforming Human Resource Management: Philosophies, Policies, and Practices at the Subsidiary Level7. Sully Taylor: National Origin and the Development of Organizational Capabilities: The Case of International Human Resource Management in Two Japanese MNCs8. Martin Kenney, Jairo Romero, Oscar Contreras, and Mauricio Bustos: Labor-Management Relations in the Japanese Consumer Electronics Maquiladoras9. Vladimir Pucik: When Performance Does Not Matter: Human Resource Management in Japanese-Owned U.S. AffiliatesPart IV. Organizational Learning and the Parent-Affiliate Connection10. David T. Methe and Joan D. Penner-Hahn: Globalization of Pharmaceutical Research and Development in Japanese Companies: Organizational Learning and the Parent-Affiliate Relationship11. John Kidd: Working Together, But How? The Need for Intercultural Awareness12. Allan Bird, Sully Taylor, and Schon Beechler: Organizational Learning in Japanese Overseas AffiliatesIndex