The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Anthropological Study on Globalization of Corporate Culture

Joint Research Coordinator NAKAMAKI Hirochika

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While until now our joint research on corporate culture has mainly addressed themes such as the salaried worker, company museums and company ceremonies, we also attempted to conduct specific international comparisons centered on Japan. Building on these results, we now intend to fully address issues related to globalization. Globalization is being discussed from various standpoints, including information, telecommunications, finance and economics. However, while focusing on the cultural aspects of organizations known as corporations, our research aims to shed light on how companies and the process of globalization mutually permeate many aspects of each other. First, we will explicate what kind of recognition was at work in the world views and values of the cultures during the ages in which the corporate organization achieved stupendous growth, for example in England during the Industrial Revolution, the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century and during Japan’s period of high economic growth. Second, we will conduct empirical investigations into the roles played by culture in the global-scale corporatization occurring before our eyes.