Translational Systems Sciences

Enterprise as an Instrument of Civilization

An Anthropological Approach to Business Administration

Editors: Nakamaki, H., Hioki, K., Mitsui, I., Takeuchi, Y. (Eds.)

  • Enterprises are explained not only as interest communities but also as cultural communities, and are defined as cultural as well as economic actors
  • Interpretative approaches such as hermeneutic and/or narrative approaches are adopted as research methodology
  • Multidisciplinary approaches are employed, including qualitative research techniques such as participant observation and interviewing
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In this book, the functions and dynamics of enterprises are explained with the use of anthropological methods. The chapters are based on anthropological research that has continued mainly as an inter-university research project, which is named Keiei Jinruigaku, of the National Museum of Ethnology (Japan) since 1993. These studies have a twofold aim: to clarify that enterprises are not only actors in economic activity but also actors that create culture and civilization; and to find the raison d'être of enterprises in a global society. Business anthropology is an approach to the investigation of various phenomena in enterprises and management using anthropological methodology (e.g., participant observations and interviews). Historically, its origin goes back to the 1920s–30s. In the Hawthorne experiments, the research group organized by Elton Mayo recruited an anthropologist, Lloyd W. Warner, and conducted research on human relations in the workplace by observation of participants. Since then, similar studies have been carried out in the United States and the United Kingdom. In Japan, however, such research is quite rare. Now, in addition to anthropological methods, the authors have employed multidisciplinary methods drawn from management, economics, and sociology. The research contained here can be characterized in these ways: (1) Research methods adopt interpretative approaches such as hermeneutic and/or narrative approaches rather than causal and functional explanations such as “cause–consequence” relationships. (2) Multidisciplinary approaches including qualitative research techniques are employed to investigate the total entity of enterprises, with their own cosmology. In this book, the totality of activities by enterprises are shown, including the relationship between religion and enterprise, corporate funerals, corporate museums, and the sacred space and/or mythology of enterprises. Part I provides introductions to Keiei Jinruigaku and Part II explains the theoretical characteristics of Keiei Jinruigaku. In addition, research topics and cases of Keiei Jinruigaku are presented in Part III.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Enterprise as an Instrument of Civilization

    Hioki, Koichiro

    Pages 3-16

  • Enterprise as Cultural Community

    Nakamaki, Hirochika

    Pages 17-28

  • Company Mythology

    Hioki, Koichiro (et al.)

    Pages 29-39

  • The Meaning of an Anthropological Approach for Management Studies: Beyond “Clinical” and “Scientific” Knowledge

    Mitsui, Izumi

    Pages 43-53

  • ‘Ethnography’ in Japanese Corporate Activities: A Meta-anthropological Observation on the Relationship Between Anthropology and the Outside

    Ito, Yasunobu

    Pages 55-72

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Enterprise as an Instrument of Civilization
Book Subtitle
An Anthropological Approach to Business Administration
Editors
  • Hirochika Nakamaki
  • Koichiro Hioki
  • Izumi Mitsui
  • Yoshiyuki Takeuchi
Series Title
Translational Systems Sciences
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-54916-1
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-54916-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-54915-4
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56228-3
Series ISSN
2197-8832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 250
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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