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Title Enterprise as an instrument of civilization : an anthropological approach to business administration / Hirochika Nakamaki, Koichiro Hioki, Izumi Mitsui, Yoshiyuki Takeuchi, editors
Published Tokyo : Springer, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 250 pages) : color illustrations
Series Translational systems sciences, 2197-8832 ; volume 4
Translational systems sciences ; volume 4
Contents Preface; References; Contents; Contributors; Part I: Invitation to Keiei Jinruigaku, Anthropology of Business Administration; Chapter 1: Enterprise as an Instrument of Civilization; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 Civilization as a System; 1.3 Stock Corporations as Civilization Elements; 1.4 Mass Production: An Element of Civilization; 1.5 Enterprises in Civilization; 1.6 Conclusion; References; Chapter 2: Enterprise as Cultural Community; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 Keiei Jinruigaku: Fusion of Business Administration and Anthropology; 2.3 Initiation into a Company as Cultural Community: Sony
2.4 Initiation Ceremony of Sony2.4.1 Place and Program of the Ceremony; 2.4.2 Seating and Dress; 2.5 History and Spirit of Establishment; 2.6 Advice Toward Early Retirement; 2.7 A Community Bound Together by Common Fate; 2.8 Training of New Employees and Initiation; 2.9 Concluding Remarks; References; Chapter 3: Company Mythology; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Mythology in Companies; 3.3 Methods for Researching Company Mythology; 3.4 Types of Myths; 3.5 Conclusion; References; Part II: Theoretical Characteristics of Keiei Jinruigaku
5.5 Final RemarksReferences; Chapter 6: Management in Interface: Glocal Displacement; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 Interface: Entrepreneurs as Middlemen in a Traditional Society; 6.3 "Advent" of a Japanese-Western Food: Translation with Displacement by an Entrepreneur; 6.4 Glocalisation of McDonald's: Translation with Displacement of Global Fast-Food Culture; 6.5 Multilayer Structure of Cultural Interface: McDonald's Approach from Interface; 6.6 Management of Translative Displacement; 6.7 Conclusion; References
Chapter 4: The Meaning of an Anthropological Approach for Management Studies: Beyond "Clinical" and "Scientific" Knowledge4.1 Introduction; 4.2 "Practice" and "Science" by Barnard; 4.3 "Clinical" and "Scientific" Knowledge in the History of Management Theory; 4.3.1 Searching for "Clinical" Knowledge: The Methodology of the Human Relations School; 4.3.2 Construction of "Scientific" Knowledge of Management: Simon's Methodology; 4.4 Can We Separate "Clinical" and "Scientific" Knowledge in the Real World? A Pragmatic Question; 4.5 Conclusion: Toward "Anthropology of Business Administration."
Summary 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'©®tre 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 1920sℓ́ℓ30s. 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 ℓ́ℓcauseℓ́ℓconsequenceℓ́ℓ 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℗ℓprovides 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed July 31, 2015)
Subject Business anthropology.
Form Electronic book
Author Hioki, Kōichirō, 1949- editor
Mitsui, Izumi, editor
Nakamaki, Hirochika, 1947- editor
Takeuchi, Yoshiyuki, editor
ISBN 4431549161 (electronic bk.)
9784431549161 (electronic bk.)