Western vs Japanese Model of Organization

Affiliation Western vs. Japanese Model of Organization An organizational model or structure is an organization’s framework that includes lines of authority, responsibilities, and communications as well as resource allocations. A company’s depends on an organization’s objectives and serves as the framework in which practices run and business is done. The essay will discuss the Western vs. the Japanese model.

Japan’s company systems are cross functional in that, the employees are assigned several works within the organization and their careers are developed within the organization. In the Western, however, employees only get promoted within a specific department and their career advancement is within a market. While the work of recruiting and the HR department only does promotion in Japan, American companies usually have recruiting persons within each department and managers within every department do promotions.

In terms of business approach, the American boss is considered socially unconnected to the rest of the workforce and is entirely responsible for decision-making. The Japanese, however, has a character of heroism gotten from the samurai beliefs. hence, they tend to be closely bound with the employees. In addition, the decisions are made collectively which creates a platform for positive decisions unlike in the Western countries where the boss makes, stands or falls by them. In terms of ranks, the Japanese has it more defined than in America, which makes it much easier for the highly ranked to receive decisions from a lower counterpart, without any sense of intimidation.

The Japanese cultural organizational model is becoming harder to follow especially in large organizations. Hence, management of these companies has taken steps by consciously scheming intergroup co-ordination methods drifting the stress from superiority to merit obtained through experience as a promotion criteria. For the Western, the aspect of diversification is widespread and although it has not been fully implemented, the future looks bright if every single organization adopted it. About decision-making, companies have and are coming up with new strategies where every employee is allowed to contribute by giving out their views before a decision is passed on.

In conclusion, both Japan and America have thrived in their respective business fields regardless of their structures. However, since the world’s way of doing things is changing rapidly, it is, therefore, important that both countries learn and adopt the changes in order to maintain growth.


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