David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 101 (S1):45-59 (2011)
Drawing on the author’s professional experience working inside a Japanese company, the essay examines the cultural construction of managerial responsibility in Japan, and explores the tensions between Eastern and Western notions of responsibility in the Japanese workplace. The author proposes two idioms that shape local notions of responsibility as “webs of engagement.” Based on the Japanese concepts ba and kokoro , these idioms suggest significant departures from Western notions of workplace corporate social responsibility. Since much of the literature on CSR focuses on Western countries and examines the more public, corporate aspects of CSR, the article is meant as a contribution to a better understanding of managerial responsibility in an Asian context, and more generally of the relationship between culture and responsibility. Theoretically, the article draws on works in interpretive and symbolic anthropology, anthropological writing on Japanese culture and society, and cross-cultural CSR research
|Keywords||Business ethics Cross-cultural CSR Culture and responsibility Japanese responsibility Japanese management practices|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Robert Jackall (1988). Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate Managers. Oxford University Press.
George E. Marcus & Michael M. J. Fischer (1992). [Book Review] Anthropology as Cultural Critique, an Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences. [REVIEW] Ethics 102:635-649.
William E. Shafer (2006). Social Paradigms and Attitudes Toward Environmental Accountability. Journal of Business Ethics 65 (2):121 - 147.
John Tsalikis & Bruce Seaton (2008). The International Business Ethics Index: Japan. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 80 (2):379 - 385.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Kyoko Fukukawa & Yoshiya Teramoto (2009). Understanding Japanese CSR: The Reflections of Managers in the Field of Global Operations. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 85 (1):133 - 146.
James A. H. S. Hine & Lutz Preuss (2009). “Society is Out There, Organisation is in Here”: On the Perceptions of Corporate Social Responsibility Held by Different Managerial Groups. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 88 (2):381 - 393.
Christa Thomsen & Jakob Lauring (2008). Practicing the Business of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Process Perspective. International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics 4 (2):117-131.
Won Yong Oh, Young Kyun Chang & Aleksey Martynov (2011). The Effect of Ownership Structure on Corporate Social Responsibility: Empirical Evidence From Korea. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 104 (2):283-297.
George Z. Peng & Paul W. Beamish (2008). The Effect of National Corporate Responsibility Environment on Japanese Foreign Direct Investment. Journal of Business Ethics 80 (4):677 - 695.
Mari Kondo (2007). CSR Initiatives of Japanese Multinational Enterprises in a Developing Country. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 18:179-182.
M. Gunawan Alif & Retno Artsanti (2009). Nutrition for Kids Was Good for the Company. International Corporate Responsibility Series 4:349-366.
Vladimir Petkoski (2007). From International Corporate Responsibility to Local CSR. International Corporate Responsibility Series 3:283-295.
Michelle Greenwood (2007). Stakeholder Engagement: Beyond the Myth of Corporate Responsibility. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 74 (4):315 - 327.
Thomas Hanke & Wolfgang Stark (2009). Strategy Development: Conceptual Framework on Corporate Social Responsibility. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 85 (3):507 - 516.
Yu-Chiang Hu & Chia-Ching Fatima Wang (2009). Collectivism, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Resource Advantages in Retailing. Journal of Business Ethics 86 (1):1 - 13.
Rahul Mitra (2012). “My Country's Future”: A Culture-Centered Interrogation of Corporate Social Responsibility in India. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 106 (2):131-147.
Rae Weston (2005). A Analysis of Corporate Governance Issues for Large Japanese Multinationals Seen Through the Prism of Three Recent Cases. International Corporate Responsibility Series 2:109-118.
Julie Pirsch, Shruti Gupta & Stacy Landreth Grau (2007). A Framework for Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility Programs as a Continuum: An Exploratory Study. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 70 (2):125 - 140.
Richard E. Wokutch & Jon M. Shepard (1999). The Maturing of the Japanese Economy. Business Ethics Quarterly 9 (3):527-540.
Added to index2012-01-10
Total downloads12 ( #205,927 of 1,726,249 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #369,877 of 1,726,249 )
How can I increase my downloads?