An Investigation of Japanese Corporate Culture, Its Trends and Changes

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An Investigation of Japanese Corporate Culture, Its Trends And Changes

Japanese Business & Culture bus 258.1

Table of Contents1.0 Introduction 2.0 Procedure 3.0 Findings 3.1 Changing social culture. 3.2 Business Culture in Japan 3.3 Why change is needed 3.4 What is Japan and her corporations doing to develop and change 4.0 Conclusion 5.0 Bibliography

Japanese Business & CultureAn investigation Japanese corporate culture, its trends and changes.1.0 IntroductionThis report is based around the following quote: "Japan's corporate culture is the product of uniquely Japanese social and historical influences, so deeply rooted as to easily repel outside influences.
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The company is a living society which needs profit as sustenance for growth.

Western Europe and China, has seen many revolutions throughout their history in areas such as their religions, politics, industry and culture. When these revolutions occur new system of thinking replaced the old, sometimes these changes are forced upon the population. It was not so in Japan, where new system of thought, whether made internally or introduced from abroad, was added to or mixed with what was the current ideal.

Because of this accumulation and mixing of ideas, the Japanese mind has became more complex than the so called "enlightened" cosmopolitan Western mind, and retains the archaic, medieval, modern and post-modern views. An example of the almost schizophrenic thinking of a typical business man from Japan could be, an
English speaking business manager of an internationally operating company may behave like a rice growing villager in his board room discussions, then the same person behaves like a Samurai clansman in the competitive market, and like a devoted Buddhist in social functions and like a scientist when he is in search of a solution for his business problems.

At the core of the Japanese mind there is a basic notion of ANIMISM, this is the belief that everything has a spirit which is the nature-worshipping religion of
Shintoism. Confucianism, Taoism and other schools of thought which came from
China are added on top of Shintoism, which

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