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  • Japanese and American Workers: Two Casts of Mind

    Excerpt from Theory Z

    By William Ouchi

    1981

    The following essay compares and contrasts Japans collective

    work ethic with the American spirit of individualism. As you

    prepare to read the essay, think about your own work ethic:

    Why you study, for example, do you prefer to study alone or

    in a group? What kinds of jobs have you had? Did they stress

    individual responsibility or team work? What gives you more

    satisfaction success gained through your own efforts or

    work that has been completed as part of collaboration with

    others?

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