[rescue] Japanese-vs-US corporate culture [was Re: [geeks] Looking for a sysadmin gig in Houston/remote]

Patrick Giagnocavo xemacs5 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 3 13:00:24 CST 2015

Maybe I didn't do a good job in my earlier post.

My point is, that having engineers or at least, people who understand
or have interacted with engineering, as CEO is something that many
Japanese companies have; and that this avoids some of the "suit"
behavior we see in American companies.  That such companies often are
innovative and well-run; arguably better-run than American companies.

Since Apple, Cisco, Dell, HP all do their manuf. in China as much as
the Japanese and Korean companies do, where the factory was located
was not my main point.

Although, when I am able, if I am buying a Japanese brand I look for
those cars that have been manufactured in Japan - and that has been a
good guide to a quality car for me, for over 12 years now (since i
started buying Jap. cars.)



On Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 8:49 AM, Mouse <mouse at rodents-montreal.org> wrote:
>>> You would think that by now, someone would have noticed that the
>>> high tech companies in Japan and South Korea often have long term
>>> employees who know all about the company, or engineer types, as CEO.
>>> And they often kick their USA based competition in the butt.
>> I don't agree with this at all.  When you have no regard for patents
>> or IP and people are willing to work like dogs and regularly kill
>> themselves if they fail the corp. mission the culture is very
>> different.
> The second sentence is true.  I'm even willing to grant, arguendo, that
> it accurately describes modern Japan.  But what does that have to do
> with the first sentence?  You juxtapose them as though there were some
> connection, but I can't see one.
> If Japanese corporate culture is very different, maybe that's why they
> "often kick their USA based competition in the butt".  (Maybe not, too,
> but it's at least worth considering as an explanation.)
> Your tone, to the extent that I'm getting one through text, seems to me
> to carry undertext saying something like "and these things are bad", as
> though that were relevant.  I certainly dislike some of the things you
> listed, but, heck, there are major aspects of modern USA corporate
> culture I dislike too - and, in any case, I don't see what your or my
> opinion of corporate cultures has to do with the claims you are saying
> you "don't agree with...at all".
> Am I missing something?
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