Japanese Capitalism and Modernity in a Global Era: Re-Fabricating Lifetime Employment Relations
University of Sheffield - School of East Asian Studies; Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies
August 14, 2003
P. Matanle, JAPANESE CAPITALISM AND MODERNITY IN A GLOBAL ERA: RE-FABRICATING LIFETIME EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS, RoutledgeCurzon, 2003
In 'Japanese Capitalism and Modernity in a Global Era,' I argue that Japan's lifetime employment system is not collapsing under the various pressures of globalization and modernization, but that it is developing gradually and that it continues to work well for the salarymen that work within it. Consequently, I argue that Japan's capitalism and modernity remain differentiated from its western counterparts in many crucial ways. However, pressures for convergence towards the Anglo-American system remain, and in future Japanese corporate managers will find it harder to maintain such distinctiveness.
Keywords: lifetime employment, organizational behaviour, human resource management, Japan, Japanese firm
JEL Classification: Z10, J41, J5, J6, O10, O15, O53, P1, N35, M12, M14, M51, M54, J44Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 14, 2011 ; Last revised: January 5, 2012
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