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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
New Impacts on Industrial Relations: Internationalization and Changing Production Strategies


1992, ISBN 3-89129-483-2, € 50,50, iudicium Verlag, Munich, 492 pp., hardcover [Order]


Demes, Helmut
Tokunaga, Shigeyoshi
Altmann, Norbert

New Impacts on Industrial Relations: Internationalization and Changing Production Strategies

New Impacts on Industrial Relations: Internationalization and Changing Production Strategies

New production concepts such as lean production, as well as the internationalization of enterprises and national economies deeply influence industrial relations and labour standards worldwide. The twenty-one contributions in this book focus on these new impacts on industrial relations, in particular in Japan and Germany. They are the proceedings of an international conference held in Japan in autumn 1991.

The contributions are grouped into five sections:

  • Production Strategies and Industrial Relations in the Process of Internationalization
  • Internationalization and Industrial Relations
  • Subcontracting and Rationalization
  • Towards the Formation of Labour Standards
  • Concluding Remarks


Jürgens, Ulrich
Internationalization Strategies of Japanese and German Automobile Companies
pp. 63-96

Takagi, lkurō
The Formation of Rengō and Strategies of the Japanese Labour Movement for the Development of Labour Standards
pp. 453-466

Demes, Helmut
The Japanese Production Mode as a Model for the 21st Century?
pp. 469-488

Contributors to this Volume
pp. 489-492

Tokunaga, Shigeyoshi
Internationalization of Economic Activities and Industrial Relations: with Special Reference to the Recent Strategies of Large japanese Corporations
pp. 39-59

Kumazawa, Makoto
Industrial Relations and Management in Japanese Companies in Europe
pp. 97-115

Nomura, Masami
Japanese Personnel Management Transferred: Transplants of the Electronic Industry in Asia and Europe
pp. 117-132

Deutschmann, Christoph
Works Councils and Enterprise-Level Industrial Relations in German Transplants of Japanese Firms
pp. 133-147

Berggren, Christian; Björkman, Torsten
Contradictions in the Team Concept: Auto Transplants and Labour Relations in North America
pp. 149-177

Sauer, Dieter
Systemic Rationalization, Subcontracting Strategies and their Impact on Labour in the Federal Republic of Germany
pp. 181-205

Ikeda, Masayoshi
Development Networks in the Automobile Industry: New Trends
pp. 207-224

Hiramoto, Atsushi
Subcontracting Strategies of Japanese Companies in Europe and Asia: A Case Study of the Electronics Industry
pp. 225-242

Doleschal, Reinhard
Problems of Industrial Relations at Plant Level in the Component Supply Industry in the Federal Republic of Germany
pp. 243-257

Sei, Shōichirō
Price Setting and Supplier Selection System in the Japanese and Western Auto-Supply Industry
pp. 259-278

Sengenberger, Werner
Labour Standards in the International Economy: Challenges and Perspectives
pp. 281-309

Bosch, Gerhard
The Formation of Labour Standards in the Single Market
pp. 311-339

Kreißig, Volkmar
The German Unification Process and the Organization of Trade-Union and Co-Determination Structures in East Germany
pp. 341-364

Capecchi, Vittorio
The Role of Unions in Innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: A Case Study of Flexible Specialization in Emilia-Romagna
pp. 365-392

Tamai, Kingo
Working Conditions in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Japan: The Case of Ōsaka
pp. 393-409

Ōsawa, Mari
Women and Japanese Society Today: Political Measures with Respect to Marginalized Labour Force
pp. 411-431

Ernst, Angelika
The Careers of Technical Specialists in Japan and in Western Countries
pp. 433-451

Altmann, Norbert
Convergence of Rationalization - Divergence of Interest Representation
pp. 15-38