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Creation of Corporate Identity: The Role of Rites and Symbol in Management

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>27/02/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Business Anthropology
Number of pages27
Pages (from-to)39-65
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper aims to examine by anthropological methods the ways in which a corporate entity’s rites and symbols in management help construct a unique corporate identity, and the ways in which community members can cultivate a strong sense of belonging. Numerous management scientists believed that corporate identity was a fixed concept that could be measured scientifically. This perspective overlooks its fluidity and the impacts of routines and symbolic figures on identity-building. This study will use the case of a Japanese ramen shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), to examine one of the unique aspects of Japanese management, which is to use daily routines and symbols to enhance collectivism. This paper uses the anthropological notion of identity building to offer a new perspective on management studies and to deepen the understanding of management in the Japanese context.