Japanese Management


As we know, Japan?s economy, situation, and condition was totally destroyed during the World War II. But

surpassingly, Japan now become one of the powerful countries in the world especially in the economic in

only took for less than fifty years. This the reason why I choose this topic. In this Paper we will look at how

are the Japanese managing their company that is one of the key of their success in the business. Also I will

comparing the Japanese way with what the western country way of how to manage. The possibility of us

in putting in the Japanese Theory in our (western) world are also discussed in this paper.


As we know, Japan had a very amazing growth in economy in the 70?s and 80?s. We remembered

that before Japan had this growth, Japan?s economy was really destroyed by the World War Two. Japanese

bounced back from disaster to one of the most powerful countries. Two reasons Japanese firm became so

successful is how h well managed their firms are. They blend their own culture with others in operating

their firms, as a result, they come out with their own unique way of management. They are also successful

in the way they develop their human resources.

The Japanese business and management system is strongly rooted in Japanese culture and

tradition. Japanese have a very unique relationship between institutions and state , between individuals and

the state, and between individuals and individuals. These relationships are linked to culture and traditional

values. The Japanese is a plural homogeneous society. They have varieties of people but instead of

individualism, they tend to form a group and there are no competition between group. They have very good

loyalty in a group. Lee and schwendian wrote in their book," When a Japanese man asked his occupation,

he will usually answer that he is a Sony or Hitachi man, not that he is an accountant, sales person, or

business manager. (Japanese Management, 1982. pp 9). The Japanese also tend to look a non-Japanese as

an outsider. They will treated non Japanese differently until they are learned how Japanese culture works.

The Japanese often refer to their nation as our country (waga ku!

ni) and non Japanese as outside people (gaijin). (Lee and Schwendiman, 1982. pp. 7). In the Japanese

psyche is a concept of inside (uchi) and outside (soto) that not only defines one?s membership, in a group

but determines how one speaks to and interact with others. (Iwata 1977, pp. 60-65).


The Japanese have a very unique culture. They are good at mixing other cultures with their own. As a result

of this blending, they come out with their own identity. China was the most importantly influenced.

Buddhist and Confucian philosophy are the basic framework the Japanese use to develop their way of

thinking. Buddhist was contributing the way of life. The Confucian taught the Japanese about traditional

value, external values, and harmony within the society, while at the same time emphasizing the collective

aspect of the social order. These systems are the most important thoughts of Japanese management system.

The Japanese used these influences to reject individualism. They prefer the natural order represented by

people living in human community, rather than by individual living in the state of nature.

Even though Japanese culture had a lot of influence by others, Japanese still use their own culture

to develop their management system. One of the Japanese traditional values is the samurai. Samurais are a

leader in a society. They have three codes: first, giri, social obligation, second, on, the concept of

benevolence and thus obligation to the lesser status, third, ninjo, a human felling- a kind of tolerance for

human nature. These three characteristics are known as the code of ethics in a professional?s life. Beside

these three, samurai are also known for the loyalty to their landlord. Today?s Japanese dedicate their life to

a corporation for their work. These system in their society are well known and apparently will be used as

long as this form of elitism justified itself through legitimate behavior.

Japanese firms used ringi-sei to make a decision regarding firm decisions. Ringi-sei is a document

circulated from the bottom levels of management to the top, and requires the signature of each manager at

each level involved before a decision can be implemented. The top managers only