International Business Culture: Global Warming

International supply chains are increasingly common but merely imposing your practices on other business cultures can be very destructive. Kevan Hall and Tony Poots argue that flexibility and understanding are essential.

Source:  Supply Management, International Business Culture, July 4, 1996

It is no coincidence that JIT techniques were pioneered in Japan, where conscious attempts to create an ethos of “western  technology with Japanese values” has led to an effective reconciliation of these different perspectives. The Japanese adopted sequential time for technology but preserved synchronous time for human relations. Tokyo still stops to enjoy the cherry blossom when it arrives.

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