American versus Japanese Management

American versus Japanese Management Table Resized


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McKinsey 7 S framework




1.1) 7S Framework – Hard

Strategy – A set of actions that you start with and must maintain

Structure – How people and tasks / work are organized

Systems – All the processes and information flows that link the organization together


1.2) 7S Framework – Soft

Style – How managers behave

Staff – How you develop managers (current and future)

Superordinate Goals – Longer-term vision

Skills – Dominant attributes or capabilities that exist in the organization


2.1) Best practice


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2.2) Continuous improvement



3.1) Cost before quality


3.2) Quality before cost


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4.1) Explicit control mechanisms


4.2) Implicit control mechanisms


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5.1) Fast decisions


5.2) Consistent decisions


6.1) Focus on results


6.2) Focus on process improvement



7.1) Heterogeneous culture


7.2) Homogeneous culture


8.1) Individual first


8.2) Team first


9.1) Less meetings, technology mediated


9.2) More meetings, face to face


10.1) Loose structured work styles


10.2) Structured work styles


11.1) Loyalty to profession


11.2) Loyalty to company


12.1) Participatory management


12.2) Consensus decision-making


13.1) Priority order: Shareholder, Customer, Employee


13.2) Priority order: Customer, Employee, Supplier, Community, Country, Shareholder


14.1) Protestant Work Ethic – More financial success emphasis


14.2) Confucian Work Ethic – More emphasis on status


15.1) Rapid evaluation and promotion


15.2) Slow evaluation and promotion


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16.1) Return On Investment (ROI)


16.2) Return On Relationships


17.1) Risk takers


17.2) Risk adverse


18.1) Segmented concern for employees


18.2) Holistic concern for employees


19.1) Self sponsored retirement


19.2) Company retired retirement


20.1) Short term employment


20.2) Lifetime employment


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21.1) Short term relationships and strategies


21.2) Long term relationships and strategies


22.1) Specialized career paths


22.2) Non-specialized career paths


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