Japanese career progress: An empirical examination

George Graen, Ravi Dharwadkar, Rajdeep Grewal, Mitsuru Wakabayashi

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This article investigates managerial career progress in a major Japanese multinational corporation over a 23-year period. We contrast our one-stage model of career progress, in which early career experiences can predict long-term career progress, with the well-accepted two-stage model of career progress, in which performance at the end of the first stage determines long-term career progress. In addition, we compare the predictions of our early screening model with those of the tournament model. Our early screening model is as good as or better than the other models in isolation or combination. Overall, we provide preliminary evidence that career progress in Japanese organizations during the high growth period of the 1970s and 1980s was perhaps more complex than shown by the two-stage career progress model that has enjoyed widespread acceptance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-161
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of International Business Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006


  • Career progress
  • Duration models
  • Japan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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