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Translational Systems Sciences

Enterprise as a Carrier of Culture

An Anthropological Approach to Business Administration

Editors: Nakamaki, H., Hioki, K., Sumihara, N., Mitsui, I. (Eds.)

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  • Defines enterprises not only as economic actors but also as cultural actors, creating a new culture within the pre-existing one
  • Avoids causal or functional explanations, and instead adopts interpretative approaches such as hermeneutic or narrative description
  • Utilizes multidisciplinary approaches including qualitative research methods such as participant observation and interviewing
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This book expands anthropological studies of business enterprise to include comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. A number of books on business anthropology have been published, but most of them are written by anthropologists alone. By contrast, this book engages interdisciplinary studies, e.g., not only by anthropologists but also management scholars and other social scientists. It is the second volume of studies forwarding anthropological approaches to business administration, Keiei Jinruigaku.

This volume focusses on the cultural dimensions of enterprise. Here enterprise is viewed as a medium carrying culture, rather than solely an entity of production and management, as is typical in mainstream studies. The approach is based on Tadao Umesao’s definition of culture as a projection of instruments/devices and institutions into the mental/spiritual dimensions of life. Therefore, in our view production and management are among the projections of the cultural aspects of enterprise. This perspective, we believe, constitutes a new frontier in the study of business administration.

This book consists of three parts, the first being “religiosity and spirituality”, the second “exhibitions, performance and inducement,” and the third “history and story.” In Part I, Quaker Codes, ex-votos, and spiritual leadership are discussed in relation to management and behavior, and miracles and pilgrimage. Part II describes exhibitions justifying nuclear power industry within power plants in both Japan and England, the exhibition by English families of their porcelain collections, and the performance skills of orchestral maestros. All of these examples indicate that, through the use of narratives and myths, exhibits and performances overtly and covertly induce visitors or audiences to certain viewpoints and emotions. Part III offers examples of histories and stories of enterprise articulated through the branding and consumption of industrial products, and their display in enterprise museums where the essence of culture and heritage is cherished and emphasized, by and for the wider community and the enterprise itself.

Conjoined as an interdisciplinary team of Western and Japanese researchers, we apply an anthropological approach to the cultural history of enterprise in both Britain and Japan.  

 

About the authors

Hirochika Nakamaki is a Professor Emeritus of the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan, and Director of Suita City Museum. He is the author of Japanese Religions at Home and Abroad: Anthropological Perspectives (2003), and editor of The Culture of Association and Associations in Contemporary Japanese Society, Senri Ethnological Studies no.62 (2002), co-editor of Business and Anthropology: A Focus on Sacred Space, Senri Ethnological Studies no.82 (2013), and co-editor of Enterprise as an Instrument of Civilization: An Anthropological Approach to Business Administration (2016).

Koichiro Hioki is a Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University and Professor of Management at Shujitsu University. He is the author of Ichiba no Gyakushū: Personal Communication no Fukken (Counter Attack of Bazaar: Re-empowerment of Personal Communication) (in Japanese) (2002), Shusse no Mechanism: Ziph Kōzō de Yomu Kyōsō Shakai (Mechanism of Career Advancement: Competitive Society Read by Zipf Structure) (in Japanese) (1998), and Bunmei no Sōchi to shite no Kigyō (Enterprise as an Instrument of Civilization) (in Japanese) (1994). He is also a co-editor of Enterprise as an Instrument of Civilization (2016).

Noriya Sumihara is a Professor at the Faculty of International Studies at Tenri University, Nara, where he mainly teaches international students about Japanese culture and society, as well as regional studies of Nara from an anthropological perspective. His early work includes long-term fieldwork in a Japanese multinational corporation in North America, while more recently he has been researching the relationship between management philosophy and business practices in Japan, India and Indonesia. He holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from New York University, and a BA in Literature from Kobe University.

Izumi Mitsui is a Professor of Business Administration in the College of Economics, Nihon University. Her research interests include management philosophy, history of management thought, and anthropological approaches to business administration. She is the author of Shakaiteki Networking-ron no Genryū: MP Follett no Shisō, [An Origin of Social Networking Theory: The Thought of MP Follett] (in Japanese) (2009), the editor of Asia-kigyō no Keieirinen: Seisei Denpa Keishō no Dynamism, [Management Philosophy of Asian Companies: Dynamism of Creation, Diffusion and Succession] (in Japanese) (2013), and a co-editor of Enterprise as an Instrument of Civilization (2016).


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Corporate Society, the Formation of Order, and “Quaker Codes”: Seeking an Origin of Corporate Governance Principles

    Pages 3-18

    Mitsui, Izumi

  • Management of Miracles and Pilgrimage: A Comparative Study of Votive Offering in Europe and Japan

    Pages 19-28

    Iwai, Hiroshi

  • Spiritual Leadership: Background, Theory, and Application to Japanese Business Leaders

    Pages 29-45

    Murayama, Motomasa

  • How the “Anomaly” of Nuclear Power Plants Has Been Explained Before and After the 3.11 Disaster in Japan: An Observation Through Power Company Visitor Centers in Japan and England

    Pages 49-67

    Sumihara, Noriya

  • Modelling Museums: The Management Culture of Family Porcelain in England

    Pages 69-93

    Shioji, Yuko

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-7193-6
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Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-7192-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Enterprise as a Carrier of Culture
Book Subtitle
An Anthropological Approach to Business Administration
Editors
  • Hirochika Nakamaki
  • Koichiro Hioki
  • Noriya Sumihara
  • Izumi Mitsui
Series Title
Translational Systems Sciences
Series Volume
16
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-7193-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-7193-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-7192-9
Series ISSN
2197-8832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 191
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
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