Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Douglas Davidson

Second Advisor

Dr. Timothy Diamond

Third Advisor

Dr. Vyacheslav Karpov

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


In the automobile industry, American culture and Japanese culture impact each other to support economic growth in both countries as one part of globalization. In American companies, religious factors, individualism, and American immigrant history manifest as characteristics of American management styles. In contrast, in Japanese companies, Asian community-based ideology, household concepts, and family kinship manifest as characteristics of Japanese management styles. These differences appear in the relationships between employees and employers, job security, quality control of products, responsibilities of line workers, loyalty of all employees to the company, impact of wearing uniforms, functions of unions, and minority managements.

My thesis is beneficial to understanding both American culture and Japanese culture for the people who are eager to improve their perspectives. I hope my thesis will make a contribution to the study of American values and Japanese values.