January 2, 2006

ONE MORE REASON THE SUN NEVER ROSE:

An insider's dark view of Toyota: a review of Notes from Toyota-Land by Darius Mehri (Matt Rusling, CS Monitor)

Providing sharp insights into the culture that created this environment, the author explains how the importance of belonging to a group is drilled into the Japanese consciousness from the first day of school.

This mentality was a key element of the company culture, where group loyalty - especially loyalty to your boss - was more highly regarded than talent, and disloyalty was punished severely. When one worker asked his former boss - instead of his current boss - for permission to publish a research paper, he was transferred to a plant hours from his family for the better part of a decade.


Bill Emmott did an especially good job, twenty years ago, explaining how this culture would help prevent the Japanese from ever being as innovative as they'd need to be to compete with us.


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 2, 2006 10:53 AM
Comments

Not that I disagree with the premise generally, but it is odd you would pronounce the rising sun as setting now and with this company, Toyota, at the moment on the verge of surpassing the floundering GM as the world's largest auto maker (indeed, after having for a long time now turned out far superior products than the former Big Three).

Posted by: Dennis at January 2, 2006 9:34 PM

This is encouraging as currently our androids come from there. I take comfort that our androids will be loyal.

Posted by: RC at January 3, 2006 2:04 AM

Dennis:

Assembling cars isn't exactly cutting edge and the Koreans are already just as good at it.

Posted by: oj at January 3, 2006 3:17 AM
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