Management of Secret in Religion and Company

  • Hiroshi IwaiEmail author
Part of the Translational Systems Sciences book series (TSS, volume 4)


The purpose of this paper is to explore the possibility of utilizing ideas developed in the study of religious organizations for understanding company. Obviously, both religious organizations and companies are socially constructed by human actions. In this sense, these two should be analyzed on the same arena. Therefore, scholars of company may have something to learn from scholars of religion and vice versa. This paper focuses on the management of “secret,” which is a common problem both in religion and company. As a beginning, I examine the characteristics of secrecy as a capital. Next, I discuss the secrecy in religion and company. Then, I propose three strategies to protect their secrets through the comparison between them as follows: involution strategy, hierarchy strategy, and invention strategy. Finally, we can say that carefully balancing the concealment and disclosure of secrets is important for the successful management of religion and company.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tezukayama UniversityNaraJapan

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