Int. J. of Technology Management   »   1987 Vol.2, No.2



Title: Personnel planning, technological changes and outsourcing in the Japanese – automobile industry: Part 1


Author: Kazutoshi Koshiro


Address: The Centre for International Trade Studies, Faculty of Economics, Yokohama National University, 156 Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-Ku, Yokohama 240, Japan


Abstract: Part 1 of this paper looks at the labour market strategy of Japanese firms, including models of the 'life-time employment' system and employment adjustment in manufacturing industry after the 1970s oil crisis. A case study is presented of personnel planning in a Japanese automobile company. Part 2 of this paper will deal with the impact of industrial robots on employment and industrial relations, and with outsourcing in the Japanese automobile industry.


Keywords: automobile industry; automotive manufacture; Japan; employment patterns; Japanese industry; life-time employment; labour markets; personnel planning; technological change; outsourcing.


DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1987.026168


Int. J. of Technology Management, 1987 Vol.2, No.2, pp.279 - 297


Available online: 27 May 2009



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