Are there others with a particular interest in MPF's impact upon Japanese organizational strategies and thinking?
I think there's a pretty big loop to close there, so my immediate objective is to create a collection and have the work curated, with the best bits translated.
The research side is kinda hard to do if you don't read Japanese, but my
guess is that there are more than a few Japanese experts on MPF who can
be invited to participate. Besides, it shouldn't be too hard to find Japanese students to do the research and send the information!
Plus, we can create frameworks for multi-lingual collaboration that
allow those who don't speak the language to participate and it may be that someone has already done this work in the UK/Ireland or elsewhere.
Bit o' Backstory
The Project will live on one of my domains, probably Human Trigonometry, because that is the name I gave my evolving ideas on ADR several years ago.
When I spoke with Albie Davis about it, she immediately told me about MPF,--and well, there you go! I realized that my own work needed a firm grounding in MPF's prior work and then I learned that she was big in Japan, so it made it even more critical that I read what they thought, since Japanese thought has really influenced my own take on conflict management.
Agile/Lean are about conflict management first and foremost. They are a way of removing friction in the system. We often see these ideas pitched as coming from the "harmonious homogeneity of Japan," but Japan-hands know that it's a bit more complex than that.
To me, the connection to MPF's work is something that can NOT be overlooked because she straddled both worlds,--organizational behavior and conflict culture. There is no doubt in my mind that the Japanese thinkers combed through her work in exquisite detail. We need to recapture some of that thinking and make it accessible in other languages.
Please ping me if you're interested or know of any work that's being done in this area!