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Postulation of India-Japan Vedic-Buddhist cross-cultural management cluster: conceptualizing a spiritual philosophy-based explanation for emerging theory

Ashok Ashta (Corporate Planning Department, Kameda Seika Co., Ltd, Tokyo, Japan and Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 20 January 2021

Issue publication date: 16 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Though there is emerging research that induces a postulation for a Vedic–Buddhist (V–B) cultural cluster, good theory development requires not only generalizability but also strong explanation. This paper aims to address the explanation gap to strengthen emerging theory development.

Design/methodology/approach

Religion-derived spiritual philosophy travel is traced from historical origins in India to contemporary Japanese management practice and its underpinning values.

Findings

The enhanced explanation developed in this paper finds a clear trace of spiritual values with roots in India surfacing in contemporary Japanese management as identified in extant cross-cultural management (CCM) literature.

Research limitations/implications

This paper offers important explanation to strengthen emerging theory on the novel idea of a V–B CCM cluster.

Practical implications

The strengthening of explanation for emerging theory adds to the case for modification of the traditional CCM meta-narrative that has positioned India and Japan in separate cultural clusters.

Social implications

Strengthening the postulation of a V–B cultural cluster potentially lubricates foreign investment from Japan to India contributing to achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no. 17 that pertains to international partnerships. Additionally, the findings raise questions for public policymakers who in modern times occlude religion from the public sphere.

Originality/value

This paper offers novel explanatory perspectives for emerging CCM theory, potentially expanding the spiritual philosophy avenue of management research.

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Acknowledgements

The author is grateful to independent researcher Mrs Hitomi Ashta for inspiring thought on the novel ideas presented in this paper, including arranging insights to an understanding of Buddhism in contemporary Japanese society.

Citation

Ashta, A. (2021), "Postulation of India-Japan Vedic-Buddhist cross-cultural management cluster: conceptualizing a spiritual philosophy-based explanation for emerging theory", Management Research Review, Vol. 44 No. 7, pp. 1029-1041. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRR-06-2020-0345

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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