Essay on Japanese Management Style

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Japanese Management Style

Japan was totally destroyed during the World War II but in less than
40 years Japan has risen from the ashes to world leadership in many
areas of technology and business. This success is attributed to its
unique managerial techniques.

Some of the main characteristics that Japanese management have are:
participative decision making, bottom-up management, lifetime
employment, "amae-dependency relationships", lean production, total
quality management, total cost management, and infrastructure support.
Applying all these, have produced high levels of teamwork, an
atmosphere of innovative ideas and a willingness to constantly

To take all these elements
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For example, the lifetime employment, it is great for them, but
generally in the West we are taught to always look for more, not to
stay in the same position.

Different management styles work for different cultures, we should
take the more neutral and positive thing of each style and combine
them with the others, but not just try to copy it because probably it
won't work in the same way.

What is the culture-excellence approach to management?

The culture-excellence approach to management basically identifies
eight characteristics as being essential to both organization and
managerial success:

Organizational Bias for Action

The organizational approach should emphasize a preference for doing
something - anything - rather than obfusticating ideas through endless
processes of analysis and committee work. "Do it, fix it, try it".

This suggestion appeals to the go-and-get-it manager. The argument is
that without action and experimentation then new ideas, products,
services, relationships are never tested and no movement is obtained.
The organization and its staff are locked in the status quo and if the
external environment is changing rapidly, making new demands and
offering new challenges - then - the organization atrophies and
becomes decrepit.

Move towards and Stay Close to the Customer