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I am YOSHIDA Makoto, professor at College of Social Sciences, Ritsumeikan University. I received the Degree of Doctor of Businsess Administration from Meiji University in 2008. I teach subjects on Industrial Sociology.

[1] Curriculum Vitae

April 1984- March 1990 Undergraduate Student, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University (Degree of B.A., 1990).
April 1990- March 1995 Graduate Student, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University (Degree of M.A., 1992) .
April 1995- March 1996 Lecturer, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Yokohama City University.
April 1996- March 2004 Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Yokohama City University.
April 2004- April 2005 Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Kagawa University.
May 2005- March 2012 Professor, Faculty of Economics, Kagawa University.
January 2007 Doctor of Business Administration, from Graduate School of Business Administration, Meiji University.
April 2008- March 2010 Chairman, Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economics, Kagawa University.
October 2009- September 2011 Assitant to the President, Kagawa University.
April 2010- March 2012 Vice Dean, Faculty of Economics, Kagawa University.
April 2012- Now Professor, College of Social Sciences, Ritsumeikan University.
April 2015- Now Vice Dean, College of Social Sciences, Ritsumeikan University.

[2] My Research Area

My major is sociology of work. My backgrounds are sociology and Marxist social theories. I am also interested in Labor Process Debates in U. S. and U. K., which were activated by Harry Braverman's book, Labor and Monopoly Capital (One of my teachers, Prof. Dr. TOMIZAWA Kenji, translated it into Japanese), and I was deeply affected by Michel Burawoy's book, Manufacturing Consent, when I was a graduate student of Hitotsubashi University.

I have published papers and books on labor processes, personnel management systems, and labor relations in Japanese companies. Almost all of them were written in Japanese. Now my research object is history of Zenji. Zenji is abbreviated expressions of "Zen-nihon Jidosha Sangyo Roudou Kumiai" (All Japan Automobile Workers Union: JAWU), which was known as one of the most active industry unions in the early postwar era, and dismissed in 1954.

[3] List of My Papers

Master Thesis

  • Control and Subjectivity in the Labor Process, presented to Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University, 1992.

Doctoral Thesis

  • Labor Union's Restriction on Merit Rating and Transformation of Labor Relations in Nissan: Wage Policy of JAWU and its Nissan Local's Fights., presented to Meiji University, 2007.

Books

  1. Norbert Altmann, Koshi Endo, Masami Nomura, and Makoto Yoshida, Innovative Arbeitspolitik?: Zur qualifizierten Produktionsarbeit in Japan., Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 1998 (written in German).
  2. Labor Union's Restriction on Merit Rating and Transformation of Labor Relations in Nissan: Wage Policy of JAWU and its Nissan Local's Fights. (Satei Kisei to Roushi Kankei no Henyou: Zenji no Chingin Gensoku to Nissan Bunkai no Tatakai)., Okayama: Daigaku Kyoiku Shuppan, 2007.

Published Papers

  1. "Shopfloor Culture and Practices in a Japanese Automobile Company: A Case Study Based upon Participant Observation." Annual Journal of the Japanese Association of Labor Sociology, No. 4,1993.
    Summary: In 1992, I worked as an unregular worker in a Japanese Car Company for a month. In this paper, I reported how the shopfloor culture and pracstices were at the assembly line in the Japanese Automoblile Company. My finding is that there were workers' adaptive responses specific to the Just-In-Time Management though there were also activities, what I called "silent resistance" to the management.
  2. "The Subjective Dimension of the Labor Process: Beyond Control-Resistance Paradigm." Hitotsubashi Jounal of Social Sciences, No. 103, 1994.
  3. "Whitecollar Workers and Labor Union in the Time of Restructuring: A Case Study." The Hitotsubashi Review, Vol. 112, No. 2, 1994.
  4. "Transformation of Labor Process in a Japanese Small-Sized Company : A Case Study of its Introduction of Numerical Controlled Machines and Computer Aided System" in Joho Kakumei to Sijo-Keizai System (Information Revolution and Market Economy System), edited by ITO Makoto and OKAMOTO Yoshiyuki, Fujitsu Books, Tokyo, 1996.
  5. "Division of Labor and Skill Training in Japanese Medium-Sized Companies: Case Studies of 'Skill Trades' in Japanese Labor Organization", in Sosiki to Jinteki-sigen no Keieigaku (Management Theories on the Organization and Human Resource), edited by SAITO Takenori, Zeimu-Keiri Kyokai, Tokyo, 1997.
  6. "An Asymmetrical Wage Table; Mechanism of Competition and Segregation in a Japanese large Company" in Shakaigaku no Yorokobi (Pleasure of Sociology) edited by TAMAMIZU Toshiaki & YAZAWA shujiro, Yachiyo shuppan, Tokyo, 1999.
  7. "The End of 'Experiments'? " , The Bulletin of Yokohama City University, Vol.52, no. 2, 2001.
  8. "Japanese Work Style in Changing" in Gurobal Jidai no Kigyo to Shakai (Companies and Societies in the Age of Globalization) edited by SAITO Takenori and ISHI Kantaro, Minerva Shobo, Kyoto, 2002.
  9. "Transaction Policies of Small Factories in Ohta Ward." , The Bulletin of Yokohama City University, Vol.54, no. 2-3, 2003.
  10. "Wage Policy of JAWU and its Nissan Local's Fight against Merit Rating: A Case of Autumn Labor Offensive in 1952." (1) , Journal of Ohara Institute for Social Research, no. 547, 2004.
  11. "Wage Policy of JAWU and its Nissan Local's Fight against Merit Rating: A Case of Autumn Labor Offensive in 1952." (2) , Journal of Ohara Institute for Social Research, no. 548, 2004.
  12. "Labor Relations at Nissan around the Dissolution of Zenji (All Japan Automobile Workers Union)." , Kagawa University Economic Review, vol. 77, no. 3, 2004.
  13. "Wage Hike Demand of Zenji (All Japan Automobile Workers Union) in 1952", Kagawa University Economic Review, vol. 78, no. 1, 2005.
  14. "Differences between Wage Principles of Zenji (All Japan Automobile Workers Union) and of Nissan Union: A Case Study of Leftist Union vs. Company Union in the mid 1950th." in Chikyu Joho Shakai to Shakai Undo (Global Information Society and Social Movement) edited by NIHARA Michinobu, OKUMURA Machi, and ITO Mamoru, Harvest Sha, Tokyo, 2006.
  15. "JAWU Nissan Local's Struggle against 'Premium Wage System' in 1952" , Journal of Ohara Institute for Social Research, no. 571, 2006.
  16. "An Urban Industry District under the Changing Idustrial Structure" , Kagawa University Economic Review, vol. 81, no.2, 2008.
  17. "Workforce Reduction of Nissan under the Dodge Line" , Journal of Ohara Institute for Social Research, no. 621, 2010.
  18. "A Bibliographical Introduction to Hamaga Collction, Historical Documents on Zenji" , Kagawa University Economic Review, vol. 83, no.1 & 2, 2010.
  19. "Changes in Labor Agreements at Nissan from 1946 to 1948", Kagawa University Economic Review, vol. 84, no.1, 2011.
  20. "Emergence of Personnel Transfer at Nissan after W.W.II", Ritsumeican Social Sciences Review, vol. 48, no.2, 2012.
  21. "Emergence of Temporary Workers in Nissan after W.W.II: From 1948 to 1949", Ritsumeican Social Sciences Review, vol. 49, no.1, 2013.
  22. "Composition of Labor Force at Nissan in the Aftermath of World War II: Focusing on Female Employees", The Social Science Review (Saitama University), no.143, 2014.

All papers were written in Japanese. Please make contact with me if you are interested in them. For I'm not good at English, let me know also if you find any mistakes or incorrect expressions in the site.


email: makotoy—fc.ritsumei.ac.jp

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