Can Japanese management styles be applied to Africa?.


George O. Tasie

Most of the remarkable managerial know-how of the Japanese is gifted by their culture and society. Culture affects the way problems are perceived and solved. Societal learning also establishes horizons of perception. Managerial efficiency in any business organisation is the fundamental key to success. A good number of managers all over the world are showing a great deal of interest in Japanese ways of managing business because of the great success of the Japanese corporations throughout the world. The fact that the Japanese manage their enterprises efficiently and effectively without using the excessive scientific and advanced management tools has shaken a good number of countries, notably the United States of America. This paper discusses the fundamental management styles of Japan with a view to establishing its applicability to Africa.

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