∗ Describes the emergence and operation of Japanese industrial practice in Japan.
∗ Presents a detailed description and analysis of attempts by companies to emulate aspects of Japanese management – especially manufacturing systems.
∗ Examines the obstacles to Japanization.
∗ Considers the implications for work organization, employee relations, and supplier and retailer relations.
∗ Special attention is given to the response of the British trade union movement to japanization and the policy implications of the whole phenomenon.
List of Tables.
1. Western Interest in Japan.
2. Japanese Industrial Practice.
3. Theoretical Perspectives.
4. Case Studies in Emulation.
5. Manufacturing Practices and UK Companies.
6. Personnel Practices and UK Companies.
7. Suppliers, Retailers and UK Companies.
8. Cases: Three Japanese Companies in the UK.
9. Japanese Companies in Britain.
10. Industrial Relations and Trade Unions.
11. Policy Implications and Conclusions.