Literature Information: Recommendation from Meiji Faculties
Hull, R. et al. (eds). (2011). The Third Sector: Dialogues in Critical Management Studies (Volume 1). Emerald Group Pub.http://books.rakuten.co.jp/rb/Critical-Perspectives-on-the-Third-Sector-Richard-Hull-9781780522807/item/11472855/
DCMS is an innovative series applying Critical Management Studies (CMS) to tightly specified topics. Each chapter is followed by a 1000-word Commentary from a fellow contributor to the volume, and each volume is the product of a collaborative and developmental workshop. CMS is an evolving collection of radical challenges to mainstream perspectives within the teaching and research on business, management, economics and organization. Countering the normal focus on techniques for managerial success, CSM develops many alternative approaches to understanding management, work, organizations, firms and their social and political context. Using complementary disciplines such as sociology, political economy, history, anthropology, and political studies, CMS is also characterized by a commitment to constructive critical dialogue. At a time when many aspects of modern life are increasingly subject to a managerial or economistic approach, this series provide a valuable counterweight by bringing together a range of critical approaches in dialogue.
Laratta, R. (ed). (2012). Social Welfare. InTech.http://www.intechopen.com/books/social-welfare
Social Welfare" offers, for the first time, a wide-ranging, internationally-focused selection of cutting-edge work from leading academics. Its interdisciplinary approach and comparative perspective promote examination of the most pressing social welfare issues of the day. The book aims to clarify some of the ambiguity around the term, discuss the pros and cons of privatization, present a range of social welfare paradoxes and innovations, and establish a clear set of economic frameworks with which to understand the conditions under which the change in social welfare can be obtained.
Laratta, R., Nakagawa, S., & Sakurai, M. (2011) Japanese social enterprises: major contemporary issues and key challenges, Social Enterprise Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp.50 - 68.>>See more.
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to discuss the emergence of social enterprise in Japan by looking at the predominant types of social enterprise in the country, their industries and target groups, their challenges and strength.
Design/methodology/approach - The paper adopts an analytical approach, building on previous work; it is grounded on the social construction theory, which has the advantage of apprehending social phenomena from different viewpoints.
Findings - The study identifies three different conceptual approaches to explain the emergence of social enterprise in Japan. It then demonstrates that there exists a link between the approaches identified and the emerging social enterprise types in the country. Furthermore, it discusses the strategies used by those emerging social enterprise types in choosing their particular legal forms (in the absence of a specific legal form for social enterprise in Japan) and shows how this choice is normally determined by the constraints associated with those organizational forms. From this perspective, the paper outlines the major contemporary issues affecting social enterprises in Japan and focuses on two key challenges: the systems of regulation and the financial viability. In discussing the financial challenge it presents the dual attitude of the Japanese government towards the development of the social enterprise sector.
Originality/value - This paper builds up the theoretical foundations for the understanding of the social enterprise sector in Japan and it will stimulate further researches on the future development of the sector.
Winkle-Wagner, R., C. A. Hunter, et al., Eds. (2009). Bridging the gap between theory and practice in educational research: Methods at the margins. Palgrave Macmillan.http://www.amazon.co.jp/Bridging-between-Practice-Educational-Research/dp/0230610722
This book provides new ways of thinking about educational processes, using quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Concrete examples of research techniques are provided for those conducting research with marginalized populations or about marginalized ideas. This volume asserts theoretical models related to research methods and the study of underrepresented groups. Ultimately, it aims at expanding knowledge itself - altering the center by allowing the margins to inform it - allowing it to be related and extended to include those ways of knowing that have historically been unexplored or ignored.
Yonehara, A. (2009). Human development policy in the global era: A proposal from an educational view. University Education Press.http://www.amazon.co.jp/DEVELOPMENT-POLICY-GLOBAL-PROPOSAL-EDUCATIONAL/dp/4887309511
For more than half a century after World War II, a tremendous effort has been made for international development, both financially and intellectually. Some development economists believed that national economic growth would contribute to solving the problems of poverty in developing countries; others believed that improving the productivity of human resources was the critical source of economic growth. These concepts of development have justified educational development as a tool of economic growth. Human development theory questions such concepts of development that have focused exclusively on economic growth, and it considers humans themselves as the end of development, not a tool of economic growth. However, this philosophical theory of human development is not readily transformed into practical policy. What does "human development" mean? What role does educational development have in human development? How is it possible to embody this abstract concept as a policy? To answer these questions, this study sets three main aims: (I) to clarify the meaning of human development; (II) to propose a theoretical model of human development to specify a role of education in human development policy; and (III) to test the theoretical model empirically by applying Hierarchical Generalized Linear Modeling to Tanzania's survey data.