Transferability of Japanese and American management practices to their Singapore subsidiaries
Lee, Yee Wah
Date of Issue1993
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)
During the last two decades. multinational corporations from Japan and America have contributed significantly to the economic growth of Singapore. The objectives of this study are to determine the extent to which these multinationals have transferred and implemented their respective management practices to the subsidiaries operating in Singapore and to identify the factors that impede such transfer. The study consisted of a field research involving seven Japanese and seven American subsidiaries. The extent of transferability of Japanese and American management practices to the Singapore environment is limited to dominant features of each management system. The areas of emphasis include employment, career path, evaluation and promotion, welfare and decision making. The results of this study revealed that both the Japanese and American management practices are transferable to Singapore. However, American management practices are transferred to Singapore to a greater extent than Japanese management practices. By studying the transferability of Japanese and American management practices to Singapore subsidiaries and understanding the factors that impede such transfer. it is hoped that the strengths of Japanese and American practices can be better adopted and put into practice in the local context.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University