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"Where are Japanese Companies? - To build the next-generation learning organization"

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  • The Author  :  Yoshito Shubiki
  • First Edition  :  2007.05.21  ISBN978-4-903921-00-6
  • Published by  :  BISCUE Research Institute
  • Price  :  1,800 yen (tax excluded and free shipping in Japan)

Learning Organization highlighted as a practical organization theory among US and western countries in 1990s, had the root in Japanese-style management.

Between the latter half of the 1970s and 1980s, Japanese companies showed strong business models to the world industries. However, as many of you know, they have entered a lost decade thereafter. Why did this happen?

In this publication, the author advocates the next generation learning organization for rebuilding Japanese companies who are beginning to lose ground in global businesses and suffering from emerging powers such as those in BRICs countries.


  • Preface
  • 1. Behind the lost decade
    • (1) In the present world
      • Most discussed keywords in many fields ("Transition of intellect" echoed in various places/ "2007 Problems" are imminent/ "Web 2.0" changed the styles of knowledge creation and communication)
      • Knowledge Society has come (People conquering knowledge flourish/ Knowledge alone is not enough/ Wisdom is needed to make use of knowledge)
    • (2) In the business world
      • Students (Do companies expect the knowledge from students?/ Studying purposes are different between Japan and US/ Japanese university students are in moratorium)
      • Young workers (Many young workers change jobs after a short employment/ Companies shrinking, workers need employability/ Demand for practical education)
      • Mid-level workers and above (Knowledge increases over the years/ Aspirations gradually dissapear/ No learning culture in the company/ Administrators also lack motivation)
    • (3) Non-learning organizations (Relations between the organization and employees/ Organizational culture changes)
  • 2. Learning Organization
    • (1) Transition of Learning Organization
      • Rise of Japan (Postwar Japanese economy accomplished miracles/ Mass export of Japanese products caused trade frictions/ Japanese management transmitted to overseas/ Hints of Learning Organization)
      • Movements of academia (Advanced industrial-university cooperation in US/ Various case studies of Japanese companies/ Japanese know-hows introduced into practice)
      • Learning Organization highlighted (Learning Organization emerged/ In 1990s, US industries including information industry revive/ Sharing information and Learning Organization)
      • New phase (Technology innovation caused information flood/ "These days it is busier than before"/ Management focuses on speed/ Agile and Learning Organization)
    • (2) Discovery within the "Strong Organization"
      • Japanese companies between the latter half of 1970s and 1980s (Leading to Learning Organization)
      • How to increase learning efficiency (What is learning?/ Process of understanding and memorizing/ What is the episodic memory?/ What is the semantic memory?/ What is the procedural memory?/ How should organizations learn?/ How to increase the efficiency of learning in organizations)
      • What had been learned from Japanese companies?
      • How did western companies integrate Japanese management into their businesses?
    • (3) Why the learning places dissapeared
      • What happened?
      • The lost decade (Traditional Learning Organization deteriorates)
  • 3. Aiming at reviving Learning Organization
    • (1) Return to the principles (Five elements of Learning Organization/ In conclusion)
    • (2) Japanese and learning environment at the present time (Learning Organization and Japanese/ Learning habits of Japanese/ Keywords sorrounding Learning Organization)
    • (3) Next-Generation Learning Organization (Elements of Next-Generation Learning Organization/ Sum up)
    • (4) How to put it into practice (Team learning/ Practical use in context)
  • 4. Conclusion


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