The Role of the Senior HR Executive in Japan and the United States: Companies, Countries, and Convergence

26 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2003  

Sanford M. Jacoby

University of California, Los Angeles

Kazuro Saguchi

University of Tokyo - Faculty of Economics

Date Written: December 2002

Abstract

Based on data from an original survey of senior HR executives in Japan and the United States, this paper provides empirical data for evaluating institutional convergence. In both countries, the headquarters HR function has shrunk and employment decisions have become more decentralized. However, because the pace of change has been more rapid in the U.S., the national gap has widened. Differences persist in other areas, such as the HR executive's role in strategic decisions, perceived power of the HR function, how executives balance shareholder and employee interests, and the consequences of these decisions for corporate governance and organizational outcomes.

Keywords: Corporate governance, convergence, human resource management, employment, employees

JEL Classification: J3, M5, P5

Suggested Citation

Jacoby, Sanford M. and Saguchi, Kazuro, The Role of the Senior HR Executive in Japan and the United States: Companies, Countries, and Convergence (December 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=357040 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.357040

Sanford M. Jacoby (Contact Author)

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Kazuro Saguchi

University of Tokyo - Faculty of Economics ( email )

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