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Gakumon-Ryoku and japanese style of management- does our management style matter?

Oba Hiroyuki
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Oba Hiroyuki: Faculty of Economics Department, Reitaku University, Japan

Manager Journal, 2010, vol. 11, issue 1, 51-60

Abstract: This paper highlights a new style of development learning, the so-called “Gakumon-ryoku†, and its application to the Japanese style of management. “Gakumon-ryoku†is the capability and commitment or (free-will) to awaken and share freedom (lifestyles) by learning and asking about our thoughts and feelings through the Value-Conscious Matrix (VC Matrix or simply VCM for short).This enlightens and vitalizes our thoughts and feelings, and can transform us by creating a new identity for us as Development of Co-creative Alive Beings, or D-CAB. This eye-opening experience was examined with the Japanese style of management (JM in short) and has brought us to become aware of the essence of JM spirit of TO BE ONE. To the question, “does our management style matter†, this paper has answered “Yes†, not because this is not economically or rationally efficient, but because it has been confined to it and has not been examined in the light of the JOY criterion including efficiency. What really matters is not whether or not to follow the Japanese style, but the fact that the quality of life, or Joyful or not matters in our management style. We learn that the Japanese style of management has both unique and universal features, and we, as human beings, can share its universal value of JOY of service.

Keywords: development learning; gakumon ryoku; capability; commitment; Japanese style of management; and joy of service (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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