Managerial Engineering: Techniques for Improving Quality and Productivity in the Workplace, by Ryuji Fukuda, is a clear and valuable description of Japanese industrial management strategy and methodology, and, by implication, a useful commentary on interrelations of technical, organizational, and human resources in the workplace. Managerial engineering is essentially a blending of classical industrial engineering techniques with human relationstype managerial emphases on leadership styles and cooperative work group contribution. None of this is especially novel. What is distinctive, however, is the apparent extent to which this strategy has been institutionalized in the managerial systems Fukuda describes.
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