Changes to the Corporate Philosophy in Response to Corporate Globalization: A Case Study of Globalization in Olympus

  • Masahito Kitamura
  • Tetsuya TakahashiEmail author
Part of the Translational Systems Sciences book series (TSS, volume 21)


The corporate philosophy is generally considered to be an invariant and continuous foundation for management. However, some companies have changed their corporate philosophy over their long history to meet the demands of their ever-changing environments. Olympus, a Japanese manufacturer of digital optical products, has gone through four major revisions in its 100-year history. In this chapter, we examine the relationship between the processes of corporate globalization and changes in the corporate philosophy and corporate culture, by analyzing the changes in the corporate philosophy in response to new management perspectives in relation to the theme and content, and the subject and object of the message conveyed by the corporate philosophy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of EconomicsNihon UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Tokyo Fuji UniversityTokyoJapan

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