The principal aim of this research is set in pursuit of a leadership type that can be of universal validity and applicability. The search for Dr Kazuo Inamori’s leadership, therefore, serves as the first stepping-stone towards such a quest, hypothesising that Inamori’s management philosophy is of universal applicability.
The quintessence of Inamori Management Philosophy (and hereby, IMP) resides in its dynamic and praxis-driven nature, which Dr Kazuo Inamori, throughout his life career, created, crafted, nurtured, shared and, most significantly, proved its practical effect in business management for more than six decades.
Owing to the inductive dynamism within its application as well as its maturing context of further evolution, IMP has forged a multifaceted structure which adopts and integrates a wide array of Inamori’s long-term hands-on field knowledge, both tacit and explicit; Inamori’s philosophy has never been a mere set of metaphysical concepts but entrained direct actions of immediacy, determination, and learning-by-doing.
Hence, a single research perspective could provide us with merely an aspect of IMP’s multifarious characteristics; this must be illegitimate to carry out a full-dress inquiry into IMP to obtain new academic insights. Therefore, any IMP research necessitates multidisciplinary approaches, including general management, entrepreneurship, leadership, religious knowledge, economic thoughts, education, psychology, and even today’s neuroscience.
A recent publication in 2022 of Kase, Choi, and Nonaka’s trailblazing challenge to examine the dynamism and comprehensiveness of IMP presents forward-thinking multidisciplinary research. This article takes away a significant insight from their research findings with hermeneutic approaches, namely, the “Software” realm of IMP (or hypostasis, the conceptual substance), and provides a focused review of the vital foundation of IMP for both academic readers and business practitioners.
IMP is a philosophy of praxis or Walk the Talk, powered by bodily capturing as well as bodily assimilation. Inamori constantly stressed the significance of embodied cognition and knowledge as the crux of innovation; this article conveys a threefold analysis of IMP from eidetic intuition, Husserlian phenomenology (especially of, Noesis and Noema and intersubjectivity), and theory of the body. The essence of this study projects a view that the sinew of IMP remains Dr Kazuo Inamori’s firm belief in the oneness of body-mind in “Flow”, motivated and implemented genuinely by the spirit of “Rita” (利他), i.e., an Authentic Self, “Shinga” (真我), Making Selfless Commitment to the Betterment of Colleagues and Surroundings.
As a pressing future research implication, this article underlines the inevitability of multidisciplinary and collaborative research approaches to our better understanding of IMP henceforth.