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The Japanese approach: a better way to manage programmers?

With a turnover rate among computer programmers of 25%-50% per year, it's time somebody came up with a better way to manage computer professionals. One approach that holds promise is to create a Japanese-style Theory Z atmosphere in the firm, stressing lifetime employment, non-specialized career paths, collective decision-making, and other holistic matters.

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