Subject: Matsushita and Japan’s Changing Culture
Question #1: What were the triggers of cultural change in Japan during the 1990s? How is the cultural change starting to affect traditional values in japan?
Answer: Some triggers that started the cultural change in japan were; the spread of Western ideas making their ways felt, possibilities in the areas with the Western ideas seemed greater, and the Japanese economy prolonged economic slump. The change is affecting cultural whereas workers are not willing to be “salary-men” anymore and no longer want to be with one company for the entirety of their working career.
Question #2: How might Japan’s changing culture influence the way Japanese businesses operate in the future? What are the potential implications of such changes for the Japanese ...view middle of the document...
Another one that could be added would be good retirement benefits so that employees won’t stay with the company all their and will want to retire.
Question #3: How did traditional Japanese culture benefit Matsushita during the 1950s-1980s? Did traditional values become more of a liability during the 1990s and early 2000s? How so?
Answer: Traditional culture helped Matsushita because of the low age of the workforce which allowed them to hire new employees more often and avoid having to lay-off workers who have been on the workforce for so long. With the changing culture the traditional values did become a liability and so much of a liability that it involved Matsushita’s first ever cut back and lay-off.
Question #4: What is Matsushita trying to achieve with human resource changes it has announced? What are the impediments to successfully implementing these changes? What are the implications for Matsushita if (a) the changes are made quickly or (b) it takes years or even decades to fully implement the changes?
Answer: They wanted people to encourage individuality, start believing in the employee democratization and were seeking younger employees. A major impediment for the company is old employees. While old employees are good for having their experience is it bad with the production that you lose by not having a younger more energetic work force. If Matsushita were to act quickly on these changes employees may reject them, because they may not understand the new system. On the other hand if they don’t act quickly enough the business can’t thrive before the adequate implementation.
Question #5: What does Matsushita case teach you about the relationship between societal culture and business success?
Answer: For a business to succeed and live up to its full potential it must be able adapt and adequate themselves to changes in the society and therefore to any social culture change in the future.