Title

Japanese Managerial and Organizational Learning

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1998

Publication Title

Thunderbird International Business Review

DOI

10.1002/tie.4270400204

Abstract

The article describes how the external forces of Japanese culture, industrial organization, and government intervention support managerial and organizational learning. It provides an overview of the culturally explicit philosophies that govern and stimulate learning in Japan, then explains how these philosophies are exhibited in Japanese management practice today. A model is presented which demonstrates the relationships among external forces, philosophical origins, management practice, and managerial and organizational learning. The conclusion is that managerial and organizational learning constitute one of Japan's most valuable competitive advantages.

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