Advertisement

Asia Pacific Journal of Management

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 115–119 | Cite as

Demystifying the Japanese miracle

  • Stephen Wood
Review Article

Abstract

In this English translation of a book first published in Japan in 1973 Satoshi Kamata indicts the Toyota Motor company for its inhumane treatment of temporary workers on the assembly line. Kamata is a freelance journalist who records in diary form his six months' experience and observations as a temporary worker for Toyota. For the reviewer, Stephen Wood, the importance of the book lies in its contribution to the demystification of the Japanese employment system, especially in the light of the world-wide concern with Japanese methods. Wood concurs with much of Ronald Dore's introduction to the English edition of Kamata's book but suggests that to draw conclusions about management authority and work organization from it would need more systematic evidence and a sharper set of conceptual distinctions than even those Dore works with.

Keywords

Japan English Translation Assembly Line English Edition Temporary Worker 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Haraszti, M.A Worker in a Worker's State. New York: New York University Books, 1978.Google Scholar
  2. Linhart, R.The Assembly Line. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1981.Google Scholar
  3. Manwaring, T. and Wood, S. ‘The Ghost in the Labour Process’ in Knights, D.et al. (eds.).Job Redesign: Organization and Control in the Labour Process. London: Heinemann, 1984: pp. 171 - 196.Google Scholar
  4. National Productivity Board.Report of the Committee on Productivity. Singapore: NPB, 1981.Google Scholar
  5. Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions(LO — Landsorganisation i Norge) and Norwegian Employers' Confederation (N.A.F. — Norsk Arbeidsgierforening).Basic Agreement of 1982 (Hovedastalen). Oslo, 1982.Google Scholar
  6. Nichols, T. and Beynon, H.Living with Capitalism. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1981.Google Scholar
  7. Ouchi, W.Theory Z. Cambridge (Mass.): Addison-Wesley, 1981.Google Scholar
  8. Parker, M. and Hamen, D.The Circle Game, the Progressive. Madison (Wisconsin), January 1983.Google Scholar
  9. Thurley, K.E.et al. The Development of Personnel Management in Japanese Enterprises in the UK. London: International Centre of Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics, 1980.Google Scholar
  10. Thurley, K.E.et al. Japanese Management in Western Europe. London: International Centre of Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics, 1981.Google Scholar
  11. White, M. and Trevor, M.Under Japanese Management. London: Heineman, 1983.Google Scholar
  12. Wood, S.et al. ‘Developments in Industrial Relations in the British Motor Industry’, in Streeck, W. and Hoff, A. (eds).Industrial Relations in the World Automobile Industry: the Experiences of the 1970s. Berlin: International Institute of Management, Science Centre, 1983.Google Scholar
  13. Wood, S. and Marden, D. ‘Manpower Management in the Car Industry in Britain’, in Streech, W. and Hoff, A. (eds).Manpower Management and Industrial Relations in the Restructuring of the World Automobile Industry. Berlin: International Institute of Management, Science Centre, 1983.Google Scholar
  14. Woronoff, J.Japan's Wasted Workers. Tokyo: Lotus Press, 1981.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© School of Management, National University of Singapore 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Wood
    • 1
  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK

Personalised recommendations