1.What were the triggers of cultural change in Japan during the 1990’s? How is cultural change starting to affect traditional values in Japan?
2.How might Japan’s changing culture influence the way Japanese businesses operate in the future? What are the potential implications of such changes for the Japanese economy?
3.How did traditional Japanese culture benefit Panasonic during the 1950’s-1980? Did traditional values become more of the liability during the1990’s and early 2000’s? How so?
4.What is Panasonic trying to achieve with human resource changes it has announced? What are the impediments to successfully implementing these changes? What are the implications for Panasonic if (a) the changes are made quickly or (b) it takes years or even decades to fully implement the changes?
5.What does the Panasonic case teach you about the relationship between societal culture and business success?