Anthropology of Administration’s Approach to the Study of Management Philosophy as “Spiritual Capital”

  • Noriya Sumihara
Part of the Translational Systems Sciences book series (TSS, volume 4)


Business people are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of management philosophies as a core tool of corporate integrity and governance.

This paper provides a new perspective on management philosophies by briefly reviewing how they have been practiced and studied in Japan. This review demonstrates the importance of examining management philosophies ontologically—by focusing on the dynamic interactions between management philosophies and daily corporate practices—because a management philosophy exists only insofar as it is interpreted and reinterpreted during its application to those practices. This paper argues that a management philosophy embodies a “spiritual capital” that influences how firm assets such as funds, materials, and human resources are used.


Corporate Governance Management Philosophy Tata Group Business Philosophy Japanese Corporation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tenri UniversityTenriJapan

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