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Managing Human Resources in Asia-Pacific, 2nd Edition by Pawan S. Budhwar, Arup Varma

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4

Human Resource Management in Japan

Philippe Debroux

Introduction

Recent decades have seen important changes in the HRM practices of advanced economies. A fundamental change has been the rise in performance-related appraisal and compensation systems. Another significant development has been the adoption under different names of the concept of a flexible firm (Atkinson, 1985) that has led to the rise of atypical (for example, part-time, temporary or dispatched) employment patterns. The widespread emergence of those trends in the main economies suggests that some form of convergence in employment practices is at work.

This chapter analyzes these developments in the specific case of Japan. Considered as trend-setting and inspirational examples ...

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