Nemawashi


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Nemawashi

The informal process of gathering support for a major change before any formal actions are taken. Nemawashi may involve formulation of ideas, identification of potential problems, and/or discussions with colleagues. The term originated and is used most frequently in Japan, but the concept is universal.
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Nemawashi in Japanese means an informal process of quietly laying the foundation for some proposed change or projects by talking to the people concerned, gathering support and feedback and so forth.
Japanese style of decision making known as nemawashi (112)--ensures in a
Legislation Bureau's use of nemawashi to vet proposed legislation).
Nemawashi is the foundation-laying process of gathering feedback and support from those who will be affected by a proposed change.
Japanese organizations practice nemawashi which is the process of preparing others through persuasion and sharing of information for a decision-making process.
In addition, popular cultural concepts such as Nemawashi (circling the roots of business), Tatamae-hone (facade versus reality) and Karoshi (death from overwork) are discussed to uncover the core beliefs that are followed by the Japanese workforce.
But Suzuki did not have time to do his full nemawashi, his courtesy calls, followed by detailed communications up and down the corporate tree at Tepco.
The ringisho's author uses the process of nemawashi to prepare the groundwork for the ringisho's approval.
As their corporations spread across the globe, they still adhered to their methods wherever they went and Kanban, ringi, nemawashi, and so on became common in management parlance and entered practice in the west.
Japanese society operates on group decisions or consensus and Nemawashi is an indispensable process in achieving consensus.
At the workplace, this interdependence finds expressions in the nemawashi process: a process of continual consultation between workers and managers at all levels of the organizational hierarchy.
In the human context, nemawashi involves a cautious feeling-out of all people legitimately concerned with an issue, a highly tentative process in which no firm stands are openly taken and argument is implicit rather than explicit (p.