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Accountants in Japan: culture, organisational factors and job satisfaction


  • Jeanne H. Yamamura
  • Yvonne E. Stedham
  • Michimasa Satoh


This paper examines the relationship between organisational factors and the job satisfaction of accountants in Japan. Data were collected on perceptions of career-related factors and factors related to the provision of technical information from 235 accountants working in accounting firms in Japan. Prior research in the USA and Australia has shown that career development and performance evaluation are factors considered highly important to the job satisfaction of accountants. Cultural characteristics are reflected in the values held by a society. Hence, it is to be expected that job satisfaction and its determinants are culture specific. In this study, we utilise Hofstede's cultural framework to identify factors that may be related to the job satisfaction of Japanese accountants. The results of this study indicate that, although career development is also important to the job satisfaction of Japanese accountants, performance evaluation is not valued. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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  • Jeanne H. Yamamura & Yvonne E. Stedham & Michimasa Satoh, 2004. "Accountants in Japan: culture, organisational factors and job satisfaction," International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 1(1), pages 85-102.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijaape:v:1:y:2004:i:1:p:85-102

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    1. George Lan & Chike Okechuku & He Zhang & Jianan Cao, 2013. "Impact of Job Satisfaction and Personal Values on the Work Orientation of Chinese Accounting Practitioners," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 112(4), pages 627-640, February.


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