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Title: The corporate centre in Japanese management : an analysis of its size from an information -processing perspective
Author: Kase, Kimio
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 1996
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This thesis addresses the relationship between the size of the corporate centre, and the information-processing needs and capability resulting from vertical and horizontal information flows in Japanese firms. It is contended that the corporate centre discharges the functions of planning and allocation of resources, control of performance, and central service provision. Of these three, the corporate centre uses planning and control functions to manage the organisation. Planning and control functions are found to be closely related to the vertical information flow. A review of the literature on Japanese management demonstrates that Japanese firms are equipped with elements facilitating the creation of horizontal information flow. Linkages among divisions such as shared clients, production technology, etc., are discussed to determine the horizontal information flow. It is held that the horizontal information flow reflected in linkages is associated with the centralisation of administration. The propositions and hypotheses derived from the foregoing argument have been empirically tested on the basis of fifty-five valid responses to the mail questionnaire. These fifty-five Japanese firms represent eight manufacturing industries. The results obtained by multivariate analysis techniques, mainly, multiple regression analysis, indicate that vertical information, as measured in terms of planning and control influences, is not associated with the size of the corporate centre, -whereas horizontal information flow as measured in terms of linkages, is significantly associated with it. The total number of employees and the number of divisional and corporate functions are found to be associated with the size of the corporate centre, as well. Japanese firms are also found to exert both high planning and high control influences to lower management, irrespective of industries.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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