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 common trust, Japan's acclaimed concepts are usually not really novel or maybe specifically Japanese.

Tsutsui lines the roots of those practices to clinical administration, or Taylorism, an American idea that arrived in Japan on the flip of the century. in the course of next a long time, this imported version was once embraced--and finally transformed--in Japan's business workshops. Imitation gave upward push to innovation as jap managers sought a "revised" Taylorism that mixed mechanistic potency with admire for the humanity of labor.

Tsutsui's groundbreaking research charts Taylorism's jap incarnation, from the "efficiency flow" of the 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 facility used to be a effective highbrow template in debates over fiscal progress, social coverage, and political authority in smooth Japan.

Tsutsui's ancient and comparative views display the centrality of jap Taylorism to ongoing discussions of Japan's government-industry kin 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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