Ethiopian Authors and artist wife and husbands Corporate recruitment: Until very recently, the general pattern of employment of workers and management staff, especially among large corporations, was a long-term or life-time phenomenon. This long-term employment system helped the employees to have a sense of security, and feeling of belongingness, and hence the resultant strong commitment to the company.
Reciprocal relationship In Japanese culture, is a social norm that obliges the observance of reciprocal relationships – to help those who have helped one; to do favors for those from one has received favors. The concept implies a moral force that compels members of society to engage in socially expected reciprocal activities. Accordingly, one of the most common ways of showing gratitude to a company’s best customer is entertainment which takes a form of invitation of a substantial meal at Japanese or Western restaurants, followed by one or more visits to Japanese-style hostess bars. This custom serves as a moral force that strengthens the cliental relationships among business partners.
Seniority System: Employee’s rank, salary and qualification within a firm (especially before the 1980’s) were based on the workers’ length of services in the company. The seniority system enabled companies to benefit from strong worker loyalty and stable working environment. However, since the 1980s, perhaps due mainly to rapidly changing technologies, and fierce international competition, the seniority system appears to be gradually replaced by an emphasis on talents and abilities. As discussed in the cover story of this magazine, it is another element of the Japanese corporate culture which has humanized the workplace and at the same time enhanced the level of productivity in Japanese companies.
To conclude, in my view the most important lesson that we could grasp from the wisdom of Japanese corporate culture is that instead of adopting grossly align economic policy and management fads now and then, one must, first and foremost, look inward and identify those positive indigenous cultural assets and legacies (rather than discrediting entirely what is all one’s past), and then blend them with a prudently selected align economic model so as to succeed in the pursuit of a grand socio-economic development program