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Employee Involvement and Training

Clair Brown, Yoshifumi Nakata, Michael Reich and Lloyd Ulman

in Work and Pay in the United States and Japan

Published in print January 1998 | ISBN: 9780195115215
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115215.003.0003
Employee Involvement and Training

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This chapter is an analysis of the prevalence and importance of employee involvement and training programs, as well as an assessment of how these two programs function in Japanese and U.S. workplaces. It begins its discussion with definitions and a conceptual typology of EI, then discusses the role of EI in alternative HR systems. In this chapter, the authors also address worker training in both countries, and examine the differences in the character and quantitative levels of training in each. The chapter argues that employee involvement and training differ significantly in SET and traditional firms, since SET firms do more training and perform it differently. In contrast to traditional firms, in which minimal training is required for minute tasks that are quickly learned, SET firms find ways to build continual learning into the work process itself.

Keywords: employee involvement; training programs; Japanese; U.S. workplaces; SET firms; HR systems; traditional firms

Chapter.  14100 words. 

Subjects: International Business

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