The Culture of Japanese Work Organization in Hong Kong: A Case Study of Yaohan and ''Seicho-no-ie''

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    Abstract

    Japanese system of committing and cultivating their employees to the organization by organizational culture have been regarded as effective. As Ouchi and Wilkins (1985: 458) state: "Japanese firms were during the 1970s and early 1980s widely considered to have superior operating characteristics." Many scholars, stimulated by the example of Japan, have been recently rediscovering the significance of organizational culture (Schein 1984, Wilkins 1984, Lee and Lawrence 1985, Trice and Beyer 1993). Organizational culture is the embodiment of values, norms and beliefs shared by and affecting the attitudes and behaviour of members of the organization. Its contents and ingredients are influenced by the organization's past history and present experiences, its aims and objectives, the people, the workplace, the technology and the system of production constituting it (Lee and Lawerence 1985: 104). However, these elements are parts of the environment on which the organization has to depend and must cope with the uncertainties that arise from their dependence on the
    environments. Therefore, the management of organizational culture is significant to a company because it symbolizes control over its environments that help to deal with environmentally induced uncertainties.

    Many Japanese multinational companies (MNCs) operate their overseas subsidiaries in countries where the basic values and assumptions of the host culture are different from those of the Japanese. As organizational culture is regarded as one of their competitive advantages when operating in Japan, can these Japanese MNCs manage their organizational culture in their overseas subsidiaries the same way they do in Japan? Do they need to modify the organizational culture in their overseas subsidiaries since the wider societal and cultural environments of the host country are different?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationKyoto Conference on Japanese Studies 1994
    Pages75-84
    Volume4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 1996
    EventKyoto Conference on Japanese Studies = 日本研究・京都会議 - Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
    Duration: 21 Oct 199421 Oct 1994

    Publication series

    NameKyoto Conference on Japanese Studies
    PublisherInternational Research Center for Japanese Studies
    ISSN (Print)0915-2822

    Conference

    ConferenceKyoto Conference on Japanese Studies = 日本研究・京都会議
    CountryJapan
    CityKyoto
    Period21/10/9421/10/94
    OtherInternational Research Centre for Japanese Studies

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    Organizational culture
    Hong Kong
    Work organization
    Subsidiaries
    Japan
    Multinational companies
    Uncertainty
    Host country
    Embodiment
    Employees
    Japanese firms
    Work place
    Competitive advantage

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    WONG, M. M. L. (1996). The Culture of Japanese Work Organization in Hong Kong: A Case Study of Yaohan and ''Seicho-no-ie''. In Kyoto Conference on Japanese Studies 1994 (Vol. 4, pp. 75-84). (Kyoto Conference on Japanese Studies). https://doi.org/10.15055/00003582
    WONG, May M. L. / The Culture of Japanese Work Organization in Hong Kong: A Case Study of Yaohan and ''Seicho-no-ie''. Kyoto Conference on Japanese Studies 1994. Vol. 4 1996. pp. 75-84 (Kyoto Conference on Japanese Studies).
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    WONG MML. The Culture of Japanese Work Organization in Hong Kong: A Case Study of Yaohan and ''Seicho-no-ie''. In Kyoto Conference on Japanese Studies 1994. Vol. 4. 1996. p. 75-84. (Kyoto Conference on Japanese Studies). https://doi.org/10.15055/00003582