Shifting Boundaries of the Firm: Japanese Company - Japanese Labour

Paperback | July 5, 2008

byMari Sako

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All firms wrestle with restructuring, involving consolidation of mergers and acquisitions on the one hand, and fragmentation through outsourcing and spin-offs on the other. Through an in-depth investigation into the organizational strategies of Japanese corporate management and union leadersin Japan, Mari Sako explores the issue of 'organizational boundaries' that arises from such restructuring. Examining the strategy and structure of both businesses and trade unions, the book draws upon empirical evidence drawn from interviews conducted at Toyota and Matsushita and their respective unions. It examines their respective strategies in coping with organizational boundaries against the backdropof changing labour markets, and, in the process, challenges widely held notions about Japanese corporate and union structures. Mari Sako goes on to explore the implications of these relationships in other advanced industrial countries for corporate restructuring, jobs, and labour market flexibility.

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All firms wrestle with restructuring, involving consolidation of mergers and acquisitions on the one hand, and fragmentation through outsourcing and spin-offs on the other. Through an in-depth investigation into the organizational strategies of Japanese corporate management and union leadersin Japan, Mari Sako explores the issue of 'or...

Mari Sako is Professor of International Business at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. An international expert on Japanese business, she has published widely on the issues of global coroporate strategy, comparative business systems, and human resource management. Her recent books include Are Skills the Answer? The Politic...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:July 5, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199547033

ISBN - 13:9780199547036

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Strategy, Structure, and Institutions of Management and Labour2. From Factory to Enterprise, from Enterprise to Corporate Group3. Strategy and Structure at Matsushita Group4. Strategy and Structure at Toyota Group5. Inter-Industry Differences: Criteria fro Union Boundary Decisions6. Intra-Industry Differences I: Why Companies Differ7. Intra-Industry Differencesx II: Why Unions Differ8. Harmonization vs. Differentiation, Employment Security vs. Labour FlexibilityConclusionsAppendix: List of Interviews

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`This is the book we have been waiting for to understand how the Japanese employment system has adjusted to its decade of trauma. By carefully documenting the symbiotic adjustments of firm and union boundaries, Mari Sako shows how Japanese institutions have decentralized and introduced greatervariation in employment conditions while struggling to preserve basic principles of employment security, coordinated wage adjustments, and networked unions. Shifting Boundaries will quickly become the classic reference on industrial adjustment in Japan and set the standard for those who study thisissue in other countries 'Thomas A. Kochan, George M. Bunker Professor of Work and Employment Relations, MIT Sloan School of Management