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date: 25 October 2020

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This article discusses the flow of management practices between two countries — the United States and Japan. Much research has sought to link explicitly or contrast implicitly these two organizational communities, for a number of good reasons: the size of each national economy and critical role of both American and Japanese corporations in global markets, the cultural and institutional distance between the two, and the degree to which the two countries have provided each other with organizational models. This article examines three ‘moments’ in the diffusion of managerial ideas between the United States and Japan. These are the flow of scientific management (from the United States to Japan), quality control circles (from Japan to the United States), and company-wide quality control (from Japan to the United States).

Keywords: management practices, United States, Japan, national economy, global markets

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