Forma, Vol. 31 (Special Issue), pp. S23S27, 2016

Three Katas in Firms

Takeshi Yoshida

School of Business, Aoyama Gakuin University, 4-4-25, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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(Received March 23, 2015; Accepted May 15, 2015)

Abstract. In academic research and practice of management, there are three different and important factors, or three Katas (which represent the Japanese words that denote forms of enterprise, patterns of corporate activity, and methods of business). Certainly, there has been much research on each topic, in an uncoordinated fashion, in both academic investigations and in practical applications. Although we need to consider them altogether, thus far, there is almost no comprehensive research on these factors. This study, therefore, presents preliminary conceptual research on these topics to resolve the associated problems and further advance the research on Katas.

Keywords: Kata (form, pattern, method), SOTSU-I (detachment from preparedness)

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