International Transferability and Adaptability
This chapter examines the transferability and adaptability of Japanese-style management to overseas operations. Focusing on Japanese automakers that have transplanted their management methods into their overseas operations, this chapter analyzes the management of overseas subsidiaries particularly with regard to lean production methods. Scholars and the general public have shown keen interest in these methods and systems, but not much work has been done on the human aspects of the production floor—how employees work on a daily basis, their attitudes to working in teams, the way they feel about the wider organization, and how they produce high-quality products. Watanabe looks at these aspects of the workplace and examines the way lean production functions successfully and sustainably in the overseas operations of Japanese firms.