The Economic Effects of Unionism on Japanese Manufacturing Enterprises
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2009
© 1994 Blackwell Publishing Ltd / London School of Economics
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 1–21, March 1994
How to Cite
Benson, J. (1994), The Economic Effects of Unionism on Japanese Manufacturing Enterprises. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 32: 1–21. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.1994.tb01127.x
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2009
- Final version accepted 17 September 1993.
Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between unions and the economic performance of firms in the Japanese manufacturing sector. Although the effects of trade unions on the enterprise has been the subject of substantial research over the past decade, this research has focused almost exclusively on Western systems of industrial relations and union organization. In this study, Japanese enterprise unions were found to be associated with significantly lower levels of profit, lower productivity and higher levels of capital intensity. These results challenge the commonly held views of a subservient and dependent union movement in Japan.