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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Social Dependency Mechanisms: A case study of Toyota, Hirose factory, Japan

No introduction of the dynamics of Toyota and its workers can be truly understood without an adequate grasp of the underlying cultural structures of the Japanese social dependency mechanism, which includes a historical cultural perspective; a socio-economic perspective; as well as a political and hierarchical perspective. When dealing with organization interventions the main theme that I would like to emphasize is the social dependency mechanism that exists within the structure of the workplace. I want to focus on the hidden cultural aspects that exist within the work group and that is augmented by management, that is recognizing the tendency towards an up/down social dependency, blue collar workers are trapped by upper management into participating in a traditional, yet outdated social mechanism, namely the futile organizational hierarchy.