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'Japanese human resource management' in post-bubble Japan

Aoki, Katsuki, Delbridge, Rick ORCID: and Endo, Takahiro 2012. 'Japanese human resource management' in post-bubble Japan. The International Journal of Human Resource Management n/a 10.1080/09585192.2012.722118

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This paper assesses developments in Japanese human resource management (HRM) practices and employment relations since the country's ‘post-bubble’ economic decline and in particular following the global financial downturn of 2008. Our research findings are broadly consistent with others that have provided a mixed picture of continuity, change and diversification but the most recent financial crisis has made the negotiated nature of workplace relations more apparent. These characteristics are not readily explained by conventional understandings of Japanese HRM as a culturally or institutionally determined phenomenon. We present new empirical evidence of developments in eight automotive plants and interpret these through the application of a conceptual framework that distinguishes between the actors' orientations to action and social relations in specific exchange relations. This framing allows a better assessment of the agency involved in the emergence of a more differentiated articulation and manifestation of ‘Japanese HRM’. We explain these dynamics through reference to strategic choice and the negotiations both between local and corporate managers, and between managers and trade unions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: automotive industry; Japan; Japanese management; strategic choice; workplace relations
Additional Information: Online publication date: 2 October 2012.
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0958-5192
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:15

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