Accidental Office Lady: An American Woman in Corporate Japan (Paperback)
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Accidental Office Lady: An American Woman in Corporate Japan (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 15/07/2011
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A young woman with a new degree in Japanese studies and plenty of youthful idealism and can-do spirit accepts a job as the first American trainee at Honda's headquarters in Tokyo. Her image of Japanese corporate life is dramatically challenged on her first day at work when she is issued a blue polyester uniform--a uniform worn only by women!

From menial beginnings serving tea to executives and cleaning the boss's desk, to a stint in public relations, to developing training classes for Japanese associates going to America, Laura Kriska recounts her struggle to adapt to--and ultimately thrive in--the culture of a traditional Japanese company. Shortly before her departure, she travels full circle by introducing a successful campaign to make women's uniforms optional.

Now with a new foreword by the author, The Accidental Office Lady is a vivid and valuable firsthand account not only of corporate Japan and the gender inequality that persists within it, but of an outsider's successful attempt to work within cultural boundaries to affect organizational change.

Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc
ISBN: 9784805311561
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 222 g
Dimensions: 203 x 130 x 18 mm
Edition: Original ed.


MEDIA REVIEWS
..".an entertaining cross-cultural memoir." --Publishers Weekly
..".THe Accidental Office Lady, is an informative...account of what it was like to be the first American woman ever employed at Honda Motor Co. headquarters." --BusinessWeek.com
..".a revealing portrait of the corporate culture that reflects, and defines, Japan." --New York Times On The Web
"Laura Kriska's lively and invaluable story underlines the simple truth that making the world better starts with a fundamental respect for the way other people live. --Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea and Stones Into Schools
"The Accidental Office Lady: An American Woman in Corporate Japan, originally published in 1998 and recently rereleased with a new foreword by the author, is her story. The book is a testament to the fact that it is possible to thrive in even the most alien of cultures." --Bangkok Post
"This book resonated with me because it largely mirrored the experiences I had working in a Japanese office in the early 1980s. I could completely relate to the author's loneliness and frustration, as well as the way her experiences changed her, helped her grow, and left her with an abiding love of Japan." --Goodreads
"Kriska's account of her two years working in Japan as a trainee for Honda in the late 1980s is particularly good for its perspective on gender in Japanese corporate life." --The Rough Guide to Japan

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