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ABS159 - Relationships of exchange among various stakeholders in welfare service corporations’ entrepreneurial activities - Board 27

2.7 Other topics related to Theme 2
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11:00 AM, Wednesday 30 Aug 2017 (1 hour)
In this paper, I focused on the background that is needed for changing the form of work and capitalist values and investigated the process of starting new welfare service corporations. I used the Actor Network Theory for describing the dynamics involved in the process of enterprises being conducted among various actors. I focused especially on the relationships of exchange of various aspects (for example, emotionality) among various actors. The data were collected through semi-structured interviews of members of welfare service corporations and stakeholders involved either directly or indirectly with these corporations (for example, bank employees, community residents, etc.). As a result, I proposed the concept of “the most peripheral participant” and discussed the form of emotional exchange between "the most peripheral participant" and entrepreneurs. “The most peripheral participant” is largely at a physical distance from these corporations and does not participate in management directly. However, “the most peripheral participant” has three important roles in generating relationships of exchange between these corporations and other stakeholders. First, “the most peripheral participant” is a starting point for relationships of exchange between these corporations and other stakeholders. Second, “the most peripheral participant” orientates the relationships of exchange. For example, members of these corporations cannot manage only to seek profit when gazed at by “the most peripheral participant.” Third, “the most peripheral participant” works as a bridge between these corporations and new stakeholders. We can discuss the complexity of relationships of exchange through the concept of “the most peripheral participant.”
Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba.
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