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Career mobility in the embedded market: a study of the Japanese financial sector


  • Hiroshi Ono

    () (Hitotsubashi University Business School)


The coexistence of domestic and foreign firms in Japan provides a fascinating test bed through which to examine how local firms adapt to global pressures, and how employees navigate the changing institutional environment. I employ a mixed methods approach using in-depth interviews and two separate datasets of finance professionals in Japan. My analysis reveals that there is greater mobility and greater employee heterogeneity in the foreign firms. Mobility is a one-way transition from domestic to foreign firms, intermediated by status distinctions between firms. My findings also suggest that mobility in the foreign firms is constrained by local norms and conventions.

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  • Hiroshi Ono, 2018. "Career mobility in the embedded market: a study of the Japanese financial sector," Asian Business & Management, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 17(5), pages 339-365, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:abaman:v:17:y:2018:i:5:d:10.1057_s41291-018-0042-x
    DOI: 10.1057/s41291-018-0042-x

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