By William M. Tsutsui

Japanese is the envy of the realm for its effective and humane administration practices. but, as William Tsutsui argues, the origins and implications of "Japanese-style administration" are poorly understood. opposite to frequent trust, Japan's acclaimed concepts aren't quite novel or perhaps in particular Japanese.

Tsutsui strains the roots of those practices to medical administration, or Taylorism, an American idea that arrived in Japan on the flip of the century. in the course of next many years, this imported version used to be embraced--and finally transformed--in Japan's commercial workshops. Imitation gave upward push to innovation as eastern managers sought a "revised" Taylorism that mixed mechanistic potency with admire for the humanity of labor.

Tsutsui's groundbreaking learn charts Taylorism's jap incarnation, from the "efficiency circulation" of the Nineteen Twenties, via Depression-era "rationalization" and wartime mobilization, as much as postwar "productivity" drives and quality-control campaigns. Taylorism turned greater than a administration software; its unfold past the manufacturing unit used to be a effective highbrow template in debates over monetary progress, social coverage, and political authority in glossy Japan.

Tsutsui's old and comparative views demonstrate the centrality of jap Taylorism to ongoing discussions of Japan's government-industry relatives and the evolution of Fordist mass construction. He compels us to reconsider what implications Japanese-style administration has for Western industries, in addition to the way forward for Japan itself.

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