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Inhaltsangabe: Providing a look into the complex world of the multicultural, Japanese-owned organization, this book examines differences in employee relations, management methods and interpersonal behaviour.
Vom Verlag: ON-LINE INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
Could you tell us a little about your background?
"After a career in business, I became an academic in Australia in 1967. The research for my Ph.D. took me to Japan in 1970, when I came across my friend and former client in Australia, George Fields, who invited me to work during academic recesses for his research company in Tokyo. In 1973, I accepted an invitation as visiting professor at the Institute of International Studies and Training (IIST) in Shizuoka Prefecture, working there, and at Sophia University, until 1981, when I became professor of international business at Aoyama Gakuin University.
As an academic and consultant, I worked for many foreign and Japanese companies, and naturally many of my friends were non-Japanese working for Japanese companies. This experience made me aware of the complexities of workplace relationships. And of course, I worked for Japanese universities. That gave me insights into how Japanese organizations work, and what conflicts can occur with foreign staff. My consulting experience included 6 months as on-the-job trainer in a Japanese marketing research company, and consulting experience with a Japanese-owned bank in the United States, that was experiencing serious conflicts between its Japanese and American managers."
What motivated you to do this book? / What got you started?
"A number of books on the subject were published overseas, written by people with no experience or understanding of Japan, and were so full of errors, that I decided I had to put the case properly."
Could you tell us a little about the contents of the book?
"The bulk of the book is about the actual working conditions of foreigners in Japanese companies--both in Japan and abroad. It addresses questions like--are there special or discriminatory policies for foreigners? Can foreigners be promoted in Japanese companies? Can foreigners ever manage Japanese personnel? The answers to these questions are made by extensive verbatim quotations from the interviews I did, with foreign and Japanese personnel and managers in four countries.
An important section concerns how to handle cross-cultural conflicts within Japanese companies. Actually, there are no easy answers to these types of problems. They are profoundly serious problems, but have never been made public before."
What do you see as the centerpiece of the book? / Why is the book important?
"The book is important because it helps prospective employees of Japanese companies understand what they are getting into. No other book has done that."
What did you yourself learn while working on the book?
"I learnt how inept Japanese managers are at creating equitable and fair human resource management policies for foreign employees. The truth is that the problems are beyond them, because the problems will only be solved when the companies become global, and not Japanese. As long as they preserve their Japaneseness, they will have to discriminate against foreigners--to some degree. It is generally true that Japanese employees are too proud to take directions from foreigners."
What would you like readers to take away with them after reading this book?
"That a fairy story view of working for a Japanese company has no basis; that there is much to be learnt from working in a Japanese company, but for Caucasians there is no long-term future."
What people or books were influential in the creation of your book?
"The books I mentioned earlier which were totally misleading about the opportunities and conditions for Westerners in working for Japanese companies."
What are your plans for the future, in terms of new books or other projects?
"I am currently preparing a book called, Managing Business Relationships with Japan and China. It deals with the relationships between Westerners and Japanese (and Chinese as well) as members of separate companies. I am more interested in the challenges for foreigners who work with Japanese in strategic alliances, in joint ventures, and in customer-supplier relationships."
There is a new kind of 'soft' technology to learn as we deal with Asian parties in these kinds of relationships.
Is there anything else the reader should know?
"Please visit my website.
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