Transfer of Japanese-style management to the Czech Republic: the case of Japanese manufacturing firms

  • Kaoru NatsudaEmail author
  • Jan Sýkora
  • Jiří Blažek
Original Paper


This study examines the level of application of Japanese-style management to the Czech Republic from the perspective of hybridization, by employing a survey of Japanese manufacturing firms based in this country. The survey reveals that the Japanese system of production control is strictly enforced, while work organization, labour relations and group consciousness have been—despite targeted practices used by Japanese companies to facilitate application of the Japanese system—largely adapted to the local conditions. Furthermore, this study identifies the transitional process from relying upon Japanese expatriates towards engaging local human resources in the parent-subsidiary relationship. In addition, even though the Japanese-style procurement method is applied with a large number of local suppliers, the local content ratio nevertheless remains relatively low in the Czech Republic. Overall, Japanese manufacturing firms, via their vigorous effort to transfer their distinctive management style, are challenging European business practices and Czech socio-cultural traditions, even though the level of hybridization is strongly variegated according to particular management spheres.

JEL classification

M16 International Business Administration 



We should like to thank the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Czech Republic, JETRO Prague Office, all Japanese manufacturing firms in the Czech Republic (with special thanks to ACZ, Aisin, Daikin, TPCA, and TRCZ for the permission to use the corporate name) that supported our study, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (KAKENHI Grant No. 15K03496) for research finance. We are also grateful to two anonymous referees for very helpful comments, although the usual disclaimer applies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of International ManagementRitsumeikan Asia Pacific UniversityBeppuJapan
  2. 2.Institute of East Asian StudiesCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.Department of Social Geography and Regional DevelopmentCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic

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