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The Transfer of Japanese-Style Management to American Subsidiaries: Contingencies, and Competencies


  • Schon Beechler

    (Columbia University)

  • John Zhuang Yang

    (Fordham University)


This paper first reviews the theories of the transfer of Japanese management practices overseas. The paper then outlines a contingency theoretical model that specifies the factors which are hypothesized to impact the transfer of Japanese-style HRM practices to overseas subsidiaries. Qualitative data from a field study a ten Japanese subsidiaries in the U.S., five in the service industry and five in manufacturing, are used to illustrate the concepts presented in the theoretical discussion.© 1994 JIBS. Journal of International Business Studies (1994) 25, 467–491

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  • Schon Beechler & John Zhuang Yang, 1994. "The Transfer of Japanese-Style Management to American Subsidiaries: Contingencies, and Competencies," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 25(3), pages 467-491, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:25:y:1994:i:3:p:467-491

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