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Avoiding confrontation with counterparts

August 26th, 2010 2 comments

There is one factor that is usually used by academicians to differentiate Japanese capitalism with their Anglo-Saxon counterparts. This is inter-competitor relations. You can imagine that in a great line between cooperation and competition, societies or people usually put them selves in a point somewhere in between. Dore (2000) highlighted that Japanese people have a tendency to draw them selves in the end of the spectrum of cooperation. It is such a ‘national character trait’ or ‘modal behavioral disposition’.

To describe this unique trait, here a story quoted from Dore’s book.

A manager who has spent some years running his firm’s subsidiary in Italy, has been instructed by his boss to go back to Japan. He said, ‘A great relief to be back in Japan’. His reason is, ‘doing business in Japan is less stress. You dont get up every day with the possibility that some meeting is going to turn into a nasty confrontational argument.’

Though it has been there, Japanese are clever to find organizational arrangement to share the gains of cooperation fairly. Also, in term of manage their cartelization model, they obey regulations of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to avoid secret conspiracies against the public. Such a good way of business conducts.

Reference: Dore, R. 2000. Stock market capitalism: Welfare capitalism. New York: Oxford University Press.

*Dhuhur at Sigura2*

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