For many western managers the approach taken by successful Japanese organisations and their managers has tended to inspire
awe, envy and incomprehension in equal measure. But what is so special about 'Japanese' management? And how 'special' is the
response of Japanese managers to global business pressures ? This textbook addresses these questions. It presents case examples
generated from interviews with Japanese managers in Japan, Europe and the USA, contextualising their comments by reference
to recent research in the fields of international and intercultural management. The book explains how and why individual managers
variously perceive threats or opportunities in the business and career environments currently evolving both inside and outside
Japan. It combines vivid images of the expected and the exceptional, the traditional with the new and unfamiliar. The Changing
Face of Japanese Management offers management students with little prior knowledge of Japanese business and society, critical
insights into what is happening inside Japanese management today.
It also offers clear and immediately transferable insights
to management practitioners who are preparing to work or negotiate with Japanese business partners.