Voluntary grassroots associations upgrade their structures to enable them to act organizationally and systematically as they grow in size. This fact was verified by studying volunteer groups in Japan. In particular, as the number of volunteers and funds involved increase, each group is motivated to establish a more formal and organized system. This present study also revealed that formalization continues to progress as the group focuses more closely on achieving its aims. Factors which stimulate systematization, other than size, will be further studied in the future.
July 27, 2015 There had been a system trouble (from July 26‚ 2015 15:25 to July 27‚ 2015 1:00 (GMT)). The service has been back to normal.
July 15, 2015 A new online journal "Mechanical Engineering Letters" has been launched by The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME). This publication of such a letter journal is not only a new experience but also a tremendous challenge for the mechanical engineering society.
May 01, 2015 Please note the "spoofing mail" that pretends to be J-STAGE.