Today's samurai: A study in the role of cultural intelligence in one Japanese social service organization's adaptation to the American workplace

by Seminara, Cheryl Ann, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2009, 128 pages; 3372712


The research studies the role of cultural intelligence in one Japanese company's adaptation into the American workplace. An extensive review of literature introducing Japanese history and current management practices, as well as the growth of multinational corporations and role of cultural intelligence, lays the foundation for the research. Leading theorists in Japanese history and management such as Keys (1984), Drucker (1972), Micklethwait (1999), Bhappu (2000), and Yang (1977) are cited throughout the literature review providing supporting evidence for the research. The work of these authors covers the rise and fall of the samurai, the elite warrior class of feudal Japan; the growth of Japan from mid-19th century through Post World War II; and the changing economy of the country at home and abroad in multinational corporate endeavors. An overview of the methodological approach includes a description of the study, sampling plan, data collection, and analysis. In Chapter 4, the collected data is analyzed; showing the changes in the company's management practices, and the process itself is evaluated for effectiveness. The study closes with recommendations for future research.

AdviserGreg McLaughlin
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsCultural anthropology; Management
Publication Number3372712

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