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“Sayonara” Ineptitude: Japan Is Better with ETP!

Executive Development

ISSN: 0953-3230

Article publication date: 1 March 1992


The European Commission′s Executive Training Programme in Japan is introduced, explaining its contents and objectives, including the 12‐month language module and six‐month “total immersion” language and Japanese business culture exposure as a trainee working in a number of prominent Japanese companies. Describing the importance of human relationships, motivation and work ethic; not in an attempt to explain “Japanese uniqueness”, but to illustrate the challenges that face a manager taking up a senior position in Japan. A successful manager in Japan must dismiss or re‐evaluate the management techniques experienced in the West.



Lawson, A. (1992), "“Sayonara” Ineptitude: Japan Is Better with ETP!", Executive Development, Vol. 5 No. 1.




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