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Emerging Perspectives in Japanese Human Resource Management


Sierk A. Horn

Japanese-style management is ‘the’ post-war human resource management (HRM) success story. Even today it continues to offer an alternative pathway to creating competitive advantages. Japanese HRM, however, is not a static construct, and demands permanent attention. Charting the de facto human resource dynamics of the world’s third largest economy, this volume collates concurrent thinking on Japanese management. Japanese firms have always exhibited a remarkable ability to adapt to changing externalities and emerge strengthened from challenges. The contributions in this book present fresh insights into the realities of Japanese change management that are likely to influence the redesign of globally operating Japanese firms.
Contents: Peter Matanle/Kenji Matsui: Lifetime Employment in 21st Century Japan: Stability and Resilience Under Pressure in the Japanese Management System – Arjan B. Keizer: The Introduction of Competency Pay in Japan ‘Performance in Appraisal and Remuneration’ – Sierk Horn/André Beauducel/Detlev Liepmann: Faceted Intelligence Concept in Japan – Sierk Horn/Detlev Liepmann/André Beauducel: Applied Perspectives on Recruiting and Work Assessment in Japan – Kuniko Ishiguro: Changes in Japanese Companies’ Personnel Management Practices Relating to Female Employees: From the Early 1980s to the Early 2000s – Harald Dolles/Yoshiaki Takahashi: The «Lost Decade» and Changes in the Japanese Business Environment: Consequences for Foreign Direct Investment and Human Resource Management in Foreign Subsidiaries in Japan.