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Comparing the adoption and legacy of the human relations school in Finland and Japan

Kuokkanen, Anna and Seeck, Hannele (2009) Comparing the adoption and legacy of the human relations school in Finland and Japan. In: Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History Conference, 2009-02-18 - 2009-02-20, Tokyo, Japan.

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This article examines the legacy of the seminal human relations school theorists, their major works in particular, to scientific discussion in international journals, and compares the adoption of these ideas in Finland and Japan. We first examine how often the human relations school’s theorists and their books have been cited in academic discussion, by conducting systematic searches on the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). We then look at how these theories have been discussed and adopted in Finland and Japan by carrying out bibliometric analysis and literature research. We find it interesting to compare the adoption of the human relations school in these particular countries, as the developments of Finland and Japan in the 1900s resemble each other in many respects. The findings indicate that both countries adopted the human relations paradigm as a complementary paradigm to scientific management. Bibliometric analysis of the SSCI database indicates that the seminal theorists of the human relations school have not lost their topicality, and that the importance and seminal works of the paradigm seem to be most influential in the field of organizational sciences.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2009 The Authors
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2013 15:48
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2021 23:12

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