Essays on Human Resource within Microsoft Corporation Case Study

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The paper "Human Resource within Microsoft Corporation" is a great example of a business case study.   Japan is significantly one of the most developed economies of the world with an exclusive culture. Having experienced speedy economic growth, the Japanese.   Workforce can be credited for the establishment of Japan as the second-largest economy of the world. As the newly appointed manager of Microsoft Corporation assigned to work in Japan, human resource is one of the fundamental aspects that have to be effectively managed because the workforce is actually the core of an organizations performance and effectiveness. This particular presentation aims at highlighting an informed and critical manner in which I would manage human resource within Microsoft Corporation.

The scope of the analysis will cover the evaluation of Japanese culture and its influence on the Management of human resource, secondly the various human resource development strategies that I would adopt when managing human resource in Japan. The philosophy of human resource in Japan is based on the emphasis of ideologies such as community orientation, egalitarianism and groups. A survey carried out on companies indicated that most of the managers and employees in Japan believe that human resource is actually the most essential of all the existing managerial resources.

Peter and John (2007, 210) state that managing human resource is a role that managers carry out in relations to the employee of an organization. Management actions towards employees include various factors such as allocation of resources and planning, providing vision, directions and goals, creating an environment where the workforce is motivated and can contribute to the general running of an organization. However, as the newly appointed manager of the Microsoft Company in Japan, it is vital for me to effectively understand the society in which I am working in, understand the workforce in terms of their culture, their priorities, the appropriate code of ethics and their leadership preference. The culture of business in Japan is greatly influenced by religious perspectives of Buddhism, Confucianism and Shinto.

The Shinto religion has a large number of followers has greatly influenced the business world and issue in human resource management. For instance, the Shinto related notion of joge, on, haji, refers to a strong relationship that should be between the superior and inferior in that, a strong sense of obligation should exist between the state and the citizen’ s, employer and the employees.

The fusion of such ideology into the business world results to the adoption of values such as caring for the welfare of the employee both at work at the family level, Yim Yu and Thomas (1994, 42), highlight that through the integration of religious ethics within the business world, there is a fusion of the family and the business world, whereby the private and the business world are perceived as related avenues.

As a result, it is essential for human resource managers to be concerned about employee welfare in his/her environment outside the workplace. This calls for the provision of sufficient remuneration, less stress at the workplace in order for the individual to live comfortably at the family level. When making an evaluation of the aspect of leadership preference, Hodgetts and Luthans (2002, p. 431) highlight that the culture of a particular society can result to certain problems if concepts of universal leadership are used.

For instance in Japan, leaders usually display their management strategies more frequently through Laissez-faire and management by exception style as opposed to the contingent reward method which is more frequent. Research further indicated that the application of universal models within the Human resource in Japan may eventually prove difficult, as a result, it is essential to take note of the fact that culture plays an essential role in the conceptualization of leadership.

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