Questions on Bhasavanich

1) p. 185-186 How is the start of the average workday different from that of an American engineer's? What blurring of labor boundaries do you see in terms of office work? Provide a cultural "reading" of these differences.

2) pp. 187-188 What differences were seen in breaks and overtime, and why? How was the Japanese ethos of anti-hierarchy and anti-individualism mapped out spatially in the office?

3) pp. 188-189 In what ways were social boundaries blurred? What are "ghost workers?"

4) pp. 190-192 How were Japanese engineering meetings different from those of American engineers? p. 191 What differences were there in the relations of design engineers to manufacturing and marketing?

5) pp. 192-193 What differences were found in conceptions of diversity and variety? In hiring practices and experiences?

6) pp. 193-194 What sacrifices were made for family and politics? What compensation did the company provide?

7) pp. 196-197 discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the Japanese system using the fictional example of "Koji."

8) pp. 195-198 What is meant by the "family training" of the corporation? How does this resemble the traditional attitudes toward the family in Japan?

9) pp. 198-199 Discuss the problem of sexism in Japanese engineering firms.

10). pp. 199-200 In what ways are Japanese group consensus mythologized? To the extent group consensus really does exist, how does it result in a lack of criticism? How did Bhasavanich deal with that challenge?