The research objective is to explore the principles and management techniques upon which the effectiveness of organisations. in Japan and America could depend then discuss the potential for the use of these techniques in Australia.
This evaluation is to be done using a common framework for both countries. During the process of analysis potentially useful approaches for Australian management will be identified and later integrated and discussed as a guide for better management practice.
Each country selected will be analysed in terms of its culture, national characteristics in regard to business and management technique. Management technique will be analysed using six common terms so that a balanced view may be obtained.
This report should be characterised and evaluated in terms of action learning concepts which (Revans, 1980) defined as a management technique based on doing rather than theorising and as a presentation of ideas derived directly from practising managers themselves in line with the concepts of (Schon, 1987).
To achieve its objective the report consists of seven chapters. Chapter One describes the objectives, potential value for management and constraints and limitations of the study. Chapter Two defines the approach in terms of the evaluation and analysis method used. Chapter Three analyses the Japanese situation using the previously defined national characteristics and management terms and Chapter Four investigates American management practice. Chapter Five provides an integration of the potentially useful Japanese and American practices and discusses their fit into the Australian situation. This discussion will take into account the cultural characteristics of Australia. Chapters Six and Seven will cover additional research and summaries and conclusions.