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Modernization and the Japanese Factory
Modernization and the Japanese Factory
By Robert M. Marsh and Hiroshi Mannari
Princeton University Press, 1976, 437 pp

A comparative story of three Japanese firms indicates that the factors that motivate high performance by workers are likely to be the same East or West: chance for promotion, knowledge, high status, and the work ethic. Lifetime commitment of the characteristic Japanese sort is also associated with high worker performance, but the authors suggest that it is less important than the universal factors they uncover.