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Hybrids or hodgepodges? Workplace practices of Japanese and domestic startups in the United States


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  • Peter B. Doeringer
  • Christine Evans-Klock
  • David G. Terkla


This study examines the adoption of high-performance workplace management practices in Japanese and domestic manufacturing plants, spanning a broad range of products and technologies, that began operations in the United States between 1978 and 1988. Japanese transplants, the authors find, were likely to adopt "hybrid" systems of high-performance practices melding Japanese principles of workplace management with the American industrial relations system. Domestic startups incorporated many of these same techniques, but they tended to take a more limited and piecemeal approach. The managers of domestic startups also paid less attention to how individual high-performance practices fit into an overall system of efficient workplace management than did managers at Japanese transplants. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

Volume (Year): 51 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 (January)
Pages: 171-186

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Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:51:y:1998:i:2:p:171-186

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