German Business Management: A Japanese Perspective on Regional Development Factors

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Springer Science & Business Media, 28.05.2013 - 247 Seiten

How are German capitalism and German business management to be understood from the perspective of Japan?

Both Germany and Japan as defeated nations in World War II received significant American leadership and support after the war. Both countries developed their enterprises, industries, and economy by deploying and adapting technology and management methods from the United States while establishing systems of industrial concentration in their own ways. By these means, both nations became major trading countries. However, current economic and business conditions differ greatly between Germany and Japan.

In trade, American influence on Japanese business is still strong. Japan could not and cannot establish a complementary relationship with American industrial sectors and their products in the American market. In addition, a common market structure like the E.U. does not exist in Asia. In contrast to Japan, Germany developed independently from the American influence and became part of a well-integrated regional economy. What were the driving forces that created those differences?

That question is approached from a Japanese point of view in this book, based on the assumption that the origins of distinct characteristics of German business management after World War II were developed in the 1950s and ’60s. The book analyzes the transformation of business management in Germany and explains the characteristics and structures of German management.

The author describes how the development of German companies determined the current German condition— “the Europeanization of Germany”—while the world faced the globalization process. Demonstrating the basic foundation of European integration by analyzing market factors in Europe as well as the internal structural transformation of management in Germany, this book is a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students, educators, and researchers in the fields of business management, business history, and economic history.

 

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Introduction Research Topics and Analytical Framework
1
Americas Global Strategy and the Development of the Productivity Movement
17
Changes in National Economic and Corporate Relations
36
Development of the Codetermination System
55
New System of Industrial Concentration
71
Deployment of American Management Education
100
Deployment of AmericanStyle Management and Mass Production Systems Human Relations IE and the Ford System
115
Deployment of the American Method for Adapting to a Mass Market Marketing Public Relations and Operations Research
145
Deployment of a Divisional Structure
174
Features and Significance of GermanStyle Management
211
Conclusion German Corporate Expansion and the Path to European IntegrationGermanys Development Based on Complementary Relationships in E...
238
Index
243
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