Challenges of Human Resource Management in Japan
Edited by Ralf Bebenroth, Toshihiro Kanai
Routledge – 2011 – 242 pages
Human resource management systems differ across corporations around the world. Japan has unique characteristics that create specific challenges for HRM and there is currently a lack of research focusing on Japanese HR issues available to westerners. This book examines the major challenges and dilemmas in human resource management as Japan's industrial society continues its resurgence in the global arena. The first part of the book deals with Japanese HRM from an international perspective, analysing the overall structure of Japanese HRM systems and comparing these with current international systems. The second part of this book looks at Japanese HRM from a domestic perspective and as such covers the micro issues of HRM practice in Japan.
Written by a leading team of HRM experts from Japan, the UK, France, Australia and Canada, this book will be of interest to anyone interested in HRM in Japan, and international HRM more generally.
"This book should be of keen interest to those who teach international HRM: several chapters offer a reliable guide to researchers embarking on HRM research in Japan. Furthermore, and in line with many of the insights presented in this book, this book should inform researchers whose focus is on HRM and the management of change in contexts influenced by the decisions made by HRM practitioners in Japan – contexts that are and remain global. Correspondingly, this book should attract an equally global readership." - Keith Jackson, SOAS; dialogin – The Delta Intercultural Academy, January 2012
Introduction Ralf Bebenroth and Toshihiro Kanai Part 1: Japanese HRM from an International Perspective 2. Taking Stock of the Research on Evolving Relationships between Japanese Human Resource: Management Practices and Firm Performance Sue Neila Bruning 3. Japanese Human Resource Management: Inspirations from Abroad and Current Trends of Change Markus Pudelko and Anne Will Harzing 4. Expatriation and Performance Ralf Bebenroth and Li Donghao 5. Human Resource Management and Employment Systems in Asia: Directions of Change and New Challenges Philippe Debroux 6. Demystifying the relationship between intercultural adjustment and effectiveness in international assignments: reflections on Japanese expatriate managers Beatriz Maria Braga and Edson Kubo 7. Global Talent Management and Learning for the Future: Pressing Concerns and Opportunities for Growth for Japanese Multinationals Mary Yoko Part 2: Japanese HRM from a Domestic Perspective 8. Strategic Human Resource Management Research in the Japanese Context: Unique Opportunities for Theory Advancement Sekiguchi, Tomoki, Takeuchi, Norihiko and Takeuchi, Tomokazu 9. Psychological Contract in Japanese Companies: An Explorative Study on Contents, Fulfillment, and Breach of Contracts Yasuhiro Hattori 10. Cognitive framework for performance appraisal: An empirical study of narrative evaluations in a Japanese auto-company Kiyoshi Takahashi 11. Diversification of Employment Categories in Japanese Firms and its Funcitonality: A study based on the Human Resource Portfolio System Mitsutoshi Hirano 12. Quantum Leap Experiences for Leadership Development: Stories and Lessons of Japanese Top and Middle Managers Toshihiro Kanai and Yoichi Furano
Ralf Bebenroth is Professor of Economics and Business at Kobe University, Japan. Toshihiro Kanai is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Kobe University, Japan.