Beyond National Borders: Reflections on Japan and the World

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Beyond National Borders: Reflections on Japan and the World

By Kenichi Ohmae
Dow Jones-Irwin, 1987
128 pp. $16.95
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"The Japanese are concerned only about themselves. . . . [They] are very likely to abandon any pretense of diligence if not watched constantly. . . . A transition from Japanese- to American-style management has already become a general necessity in Japan. . . . " Such jolting remarks-addressed originally to Japanese readers-are among the high spots of this book by a partner in McKinsey & Co., an international management consulting firm. He says things about trade, communication, nationalism and the organization of multinational firms that apply to Americans and others as well. Many of the examples in this cross between a sermon and a pep talk concern the success of American firms in Japan.

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