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Globalizing Asian Religions

Management and Marketing

Wendy Smith Hirochika Nakamaki Louella Matsunaga Tamasin Ramsay Louella Matsunaga Emeritus Hirochika Nakamaki Wendy Smith Tamasin Ramsay Yoshihide Sakurai Peter Clarke

380 pages
Amsterdam University Press
This book brings together the insights of theories of management and marketing to give an original view of the organizational dynamics of globalizing Asian New Religious Movements (NRMs) and established religions. Seventeen authors in this collection have recast their data on individual Asian religions and social movements to focus on the way these organizations are managed in an overseas or global context, by examining the structure, organizational culture, management style, leadership principles and marketing strategies of the religious movements they had hitherto studied from the perspective of the sociology of religion, or religious studies. The book examines strategies for global proselytization and outcomes in a variety of local ethnographic contexts, thus contributing to the scholarly work on the ‘glocalization’ of religions.
Author Bio
Dr Wendy Smith, formerly Senior Lecturer in management and Japanese studies at Monash University, is an anthropologist in the fields of management, religion and Asian studies. Dr Hirochika Nakamaki, Director-General of the Suita City Museum, Professor Emeritus, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan, and President of the Senri Foundation, is an anthropologist of Japanese religions, Japanese management and calendar studies. Dr Louella Matsunaga, Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology of Japan, Oxford Brookes University, researches gender in Japanese companies, branding, and Japanese religions outside Japan. Dr Tamasin Ramsay is an applied anthropologist with special expertise in the Brahma Kumaris, a former NGO Representative to the United Nations (New York) for the Brahma Kumaris, and an activist and researcher in the animal liberation movement.