—The theme of Japanese administration has been a
hot topic debated during decades and scholars have done their
researches in a various fields over this subject. There are three
outstanding achievements in searching for the truth of Japanese
employment system made by David Marsden, James Abegglen,
and Ronald Dore on behalf of each period. Though numerous
discussions have been done on each of their typical logics, there
is still no study to string the three together. Of course theories of
the three consider different periods, stand for different fields or
even view from different perspectives, but they also show
factors in common, and the meaning of comparative study lies
in their key concepts on Japanese employment system.
As the title shows, this paper attempts to make a review
based on the theories of the three in order to search for an
integrated understanding of Japanese employment system
through Marsden’s framework, Dore’s detailed data analysis,
and Abegglen’s cultural discussion. At the same time, the
advantages and disadvantages of this system can be
re-recognized and new ideas over Japanese administration will
—Common destiny, contractual custom,
employment relationship, lifetime commitment.
Yan Sun is with the Shiga University, Japan (e-mail:
Cite: Sun Yan, "A Comparative Research on Japanese Employment System
Based on the Theories of David Marsden, James C.
Abegglen and Ronald P. Dore," Journal of Economics, Business and Management vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 405-412, 2015.