Kimono in the Boardroom: The Invisible Evolution of Japanese Women Managers

Hardcover | August 15, 1999

byJean R. Renshaw

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Japanese women, who comprise more than 40% of their country's workforce, are essential to the Japanese economy. Yet they are not typically thought of as managers, at home or abroad. Jean Renshaw challenges that perception in this pathbreaking book, showing readers where and how an "invisibleevolution" is occurring in Japanese business. Traditional norms of lifetime employment, the seniority system, and the bureaucratic, tightly knit nature of Japanese industry all restrict women's entry into management. Despite these enormous barriers, the number of Japanese women managers has almost doubled in the last ten years. In an effortto discover the secrets of their success, Renshaw interviewed over 150 successful Japanese women managers. She explored family backgrounds, personal characteristics, socialization, professional experiences, and corporate cultures. This book presents her sometimes surprising discoveries. Renshawcompletes the picture by surveying the history of Japanese women in management and discussing the even newer phenomenon of Japanese women who own their own businesses. An eye-opening work for managers of international firms and scholars of business and women's studies, Kimono in the Boardroom reveals the potential of the rising female managerial class to profoundly change the male-dominated culture of modern Japan.

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Japanese women, who comprise more than 40% of their country's workforce, are essential to the Japanese economy. Yet they are not typically thought of as managers, at home or abroad. Jean Renshaw challenges that perception in this pathbreaking book, showing readers where and how an "invisibleevolution" is occurring in Japanese busines...

Jean R. Renshaw is a management consultant specializing in international management. She has a special interest in the role of women in management and has studied women managers in the South Pacific, Japan, Korea, and the United States as a Fulbright Hayes Research Scholar. Her consulting work -- from a cross-cultural perspective -...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195117654

ISBN - 13:9780195117653

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Table of Contents

Part I - Japan's Hidden AssetsIntroduction1. Today's Japanese Woman2. Growing Up Japanese and Female3. Sex Roles, Creation Myths, and PowerPart II - The Drama of Corporate Life Roles, Action, and Status4. Otoko no Shakai: A Man's World5. The Search for Japanese Women Managers6. Paths to Management7. Glass Ceilings and Shoji ScreensPart III - Pawaa: A Redefinition of Power and Leadership8. Samurai and Women Warriors9. Moving Shoji Screens to Include Women10. A Search for Identity11. The Men in Their Lives12. Visions and Strategic ChoicesEpilogue - A Future for Japanese Women Managers?

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"[Her] thesis is a strong one, and Renshaw supports her view not ony with statistics and other publicly available data but also with the stories of the interviewees and rich metaphors drawn from Japanese culture itself....A welcome addition to our knowledge of women in business in Japan, awide-ranging exploration of the multifaceted context in which these women strive to succeed, and a book rich in information and imagery."--Academy of Management Review