Fukushima tsunami and nuclear disaster

For this assignment, you are asked to prepare a Reflection Paper. After you finish the reading assignment, reflect on the concepts and write about it. What do you understand completely? What did not quite make sense? The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with the opportunity to reflect on the material you finished reading and to expand upon those thoughts. If you are unclear about a concept, either read it again, or ask your professor. Can you apply the concepts toward your career? How?


This is not a summary. A Reflection Paper is an opportunity for you to express your thoughts about the material by writing about them.

The writing you submit must meet the following requirements:


be at least two pages;

include your thoughts about the main topics; and

include financial performance, quality performance, and personnel performance.


Format the Reflection Paper in your own words using APA style, and include citations and references as needed to avoid instances of plagiarism.

The reading assignment that you are to reflect on is Chapter 11, in the text. My written lecture for this Unit is basically a reflection on Chapter 11. Find an interesting part or two of the chapter and tell me what you got out of it. It’s not a hard assignment. If you read my lecture, you will see the part of Chapter 11 that intrigued me the most was the subject of codetermination on page 367. Anything that intrigues you in Chapter 11 is fine with me.

Written Lecture





Does the ringisei decision-making process by consensus, which is used by the Japanese, reach the same conclusion as the top-down methods, which are used by American management? Some might label the Japanese decision-making system as simply procrastination. Others appreciate the method and expect productive outcomes. One major challenge is to build an organizational culture to adopt the practice of ringisei. If only half of an organization uses ringisei, it is likely to cause miscommunication and result in frustration.


The ringisei is based on the theory that the employee is an important part of the overall success of an enterprise. It is common to hear a lot about

empowering the employees. Is creativity and innovation rewarded, ignored, or punished for the lower level employee in America?




Could the Japanese system of decision making have led to the controversy of what Toyota knew about unintended acceleration problems? This may be the best example of the use of silence in the Japanese culture frustrating Americans as a nation. This is not an explicit accusation of Toyota or of Japanese culture. Rather, it is inserted here to demonstrate potential consequences of management methods, processes, systems, and decision making. Read pages 106-108 of Luthans and Doh (2012) concerning this topic. The cause of the unintended acceleration problem announced by the United States government was due to bad floor mats or driver error. Initially, electronic problems were not mentioned.


The March 2011 Fukushima tsunami and nuclear disaster made another impression on the world regarding the Japanese good decision-making systems. The Japanese decision-making system, ringisei, is about group decision-making and not individual decision-making. This might have been a hindrance for


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