Viewed as a breakthrough in applied anthropology, Business Anthropology was the first concise work to juxtapose, compare, and integrate anthropological methods and theories with those of contemporary business practices and theories. In this latest edition, Jordan retains enduring, illustrative examples and adds fresh insights to familiarize readers with anthropological techniques and show their ever-growing utility in a variety of organizational and consumer settings. Business Anthropology explains how anthropologists distinctive training and skills equip them to address issues ranging from work processes, diversity, and globalization to product design and consumer behavior, in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Anthropologists use a holistic approach to gather and analyze data. They get to know people both inside and outside the organization, understand diverse perspectives from an objective viewpoint, gain in-depth knowledge about local wants and needs, and see old realities in new ways.
Using a set of case studies conducted in the United States, China, India, Nigeria, and Cambodia, Maryann McCabe and Elizabeth K. Briody examine cultural change in everyday life, or more specifically, the process of human perception and action in the instigation of change.
Qualitative methods of business research are emerging as vital tools. Business anthropology is at the heart of this movement. Although many recent books provide nuts-and-bolts advice regarding the field, Rethinking Business Anthropology: Cultural Strategies in Marketing and Management discusses the intellectual traditions from which the discipline has emerged and how this heritage opens up new vistas for business research. Gaining these broader perspectives is essential as business anthropologists transcend being mere research technicians and seek to influence organizational policies and strategies. Opening chapters deal with the current status of the field and its relationship to ecological and cultural sustainability. This is followed by discussions of the intellectual foundations of anthropology and their continued importance to business anthropology. An array of chapters provides illustrative applications of business anthropology in order to demonstrate the field's unique and powerful potentials within both scholarly and practitioner research. The book concludes with a discussion of the role of business anthropologists in dealing with indigenous people, rural populations, and cultural enclaves. Increasingly, businesses seek to connect with such communities even though mainstream leaders and negotiators often lack the skills necessary to effectively do so. Business anthropologists, with their dual background in business and cultural diversity are poised to excel in this capacity. An appendix by Robert Tian, editor of the International Journal of Business Anthropology, provides a useful overview of the field as it now exists. As business anthropology comes of age, this timely monograph provides the perspectives needed for the growth and further development of the field and those who work within it. Excellent for the professional bookshelf and as a textbook.
The International Journal of Business Anthropology (IJBA) is a double-blinded peer reviewed journal focusing upon business anthropology. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, general business anthropology theories and methods; management; marketing; consumer behaviour; product design and development; knowledge management and competitive intelligence; human resources management; and international business. Practitioners, students, community members, and faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to submit articles. IJBA was originally published by the North American Business Press (NABP) biannually, and is currently published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, beginning with this volume.
This issue of the International Journal of Business Anthropology contains seven articles including a special section of four papers from Japan with an editorial commentary. The editorial commentary briefly introduces business anthropology in Japan and the goals of editing a collection of articles from Japan. The first essay, “From ‘Galapagos Syndrome’ to Globalization: Japanese Businesses between Tradition and Virtual Reality” by Mary Reisel, presents the cultural factors that block traditional Japanese corporations from adapting faster to globalization, and explores the growing gap between them and the new virtual industries that are rapidly advancing. The second, “Variability of Boundary and Meaning of Diversity Attributes: Studies from Diversity Management at a Japanese SME” by Noriko Yagi, argues that an anthropological approach can contribute more to furthering understanding about the effect of diverse people working together in naturally occurring work groups. The third paper, “Creation of Corporate Identity: The Role of Rites and Symbol in Management” by Yi Zhu, examines 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. The fourth article, “The New Business of Buddhism” by Yuko Nakamura, discusses the recent phenomenon of Japanese Buddhist organizations engaging in economic ventures such as restaurant businesses. The fifth essay, “Shared Business Culture Value: An Anthropological Study of the Endogenous Mechanism of Islamic Food Safety in China” by Shao-Hong Yong et al., proposes a conceptual model of a “Shared Business Culture Value” as the endogenous mechanism of Islamic food safety in China. The sixth paper, “Enterprise Anthropology: The Fourth Evolution of Anthropology” by Zhang Jijiao, regards the development of enterprise anthropology as the fourth evolution of anthropology. The final essay, “Resolving Conflict and Business Anthropology” by Alf H. Walle, argues that business anthropologists have unique skills for facilitating conflict resolution in many situations.
Advances in technology open the doors for business expansion and facilitate the creation of complex organizations. It is in this world that anthropological techniques play a distinctive role. Business anthropologists tap various sources of information by getting to know the people within the organization. They take a holistic approach, see old realities in new ways, and understand the value of diverse groups, doing their work in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. This cutting-edge text first familiarizes readers with anthropological methods. It then presents real-world examples of how these methods have been used in business organizations to analyze various phenomena, including consumer behavior, marketing, product design, organizational change, globalization, and diversity. Readers who wish to learn about highly effective ways to guide organizations in a competitive world will find Business Anthropology to be down-to-earth, on target, and immeasurably valuable.
Why become a business anthropologist? You will not see many want ads designed for this career. Too ready an answer obscures important questions. How do you get to be a business anthropologist? Moreover, how would you like such a job if you got it? How would you feel about the impact of your efforts? Is this really a job or more of a career path that leads into various fields of inquiry? If these questions interest you, this book is for you. Its chapters have much to offer about both the challenges and contributions of business anthropology.
Ethics in business is a major topic both in the social sciences and in business itself. Anthropologists, long attendant to the intersection of ethics and practice, are particularly well suited to offer vital insights on the subject. This timely collection considers a range of ethical issues in business through the examination of anthropologically informed theory and case examples. The meaning of ethical values, practices, and education are explored, as well as practical ways of implementing them, while the specific ethical challenges of industries such as advertising, market research, and design are considered. Contributions from anthropologists in business and academia promise a broad range of perspectives and add to the growing discussion on the ways anthropologists study, work, teach, and engage in a variety of industry settings. Engagingly written, Ethics in the Anthropology of Business will be of interest to a wide variety of audiences, including practicing anthropologists, current and future business leaders, and scholars and students from a range of social sciences.
In recent years announcements of the birth of business anthropology have ricocheted around the globe. The first major reference work on this field, the Handbook of Anthropology in Business is a creative production of more than 60 international scholar-practitioners working in universities and corporate settings from high tech to health care. Offering broad coverage of theory and practice around the world, chapters demonstrate the vibrant tensions and innovation that emerge in intersections between anthropology and business and between corporate worlds and the lives of individual scholar-practitioners. Breaking from standard attempts to define scholarly fields as products of fixed consensus, the authors reveal an evolving mosaic of engagement and innovation, offering a paradigm for understanding anthropology in business for years to come.