Accession Number:

ADA453281

Title:

Shipyard Organization and Management Development (The National Shipbuilding Research Program)

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CHIRILLO (LOUIS D) ASSOCIATES BELLEVUE WA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1979-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

33.0

Abstract:

Research into various other aspects of Ishiwajima-Harima Heavy Industries IHIs shipbuilding system led to suspicion that Japanese and American shipbuilders differed greatly in their development and employment of college-educated middle management. The research indicated that Japanese shipbuilders cultivate and exploit middle management to a far greater degree. Thus, additional research was begun under the title, Role and Development of Middle Management. Later, discovery was made that IHI s management development approach conformed with basic principles of organization and management as taught in U.S. universities. Thus, the project was redirected to include the influence of traditional functional organization versus a product organization such as IHI s. This report concludes that an effective management development program is impossible with a traditional functional organization. Further, the research disclosed that IHI s impressive management development program was possible because of a form of product organization applied to shipbuilding, and far from being the result of Japanese culture, the marriage of product organization and management development is regarded as vital by various outstanding firms in the U.S. and is well documented by American academia. Japanese shipbuilding managers seem to have read U.S. textbooks. Thus, the appropriate question is not, What are the Japanese doing Instead, it is, What are U.S. shipbuilders not doing

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Administration and Management

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE