- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; First Edition edition (16 May 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 068483460X
- ISBN-13: 978-0684834603
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,26,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Matsushita Leadership Hardcover – Import, 16 May 1997
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Two years before his death in 1989, Konosuke Matsushita was identified as one of the richest men in the world. When he died, the Japanese press bemoaned the loss of the "god of management." Matsushita built the business bearing his name into the world's largest consumer electronics company, turning out such familiar brands as Panasonic, Technics, and Quasar. He is also credited with establishing the Japanese system of paternal management, which offers lifetime employment. Rowland Gould and Michael Lombardi of the Success Motivation Institute of Japan produced the laudatory corporate history The Matsushita Phenomenon in 1970, but little English-language biographical material on Matsushita himself is available. Now Kotter, who happens to be the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership at the Harvard Business School and the noted author of The New Rules (1994) and numerous other books on leadership and management, has written a thoroughly researched and illuminating portrait that shows its subject as not only a successful businessman but also a visionary humanitarian. David Rouse
From the Back Cover
He was one of the most inspirational role models of all time. Thrown into poverty at age four, Konosuke Matsushita (Mat-SOSH-ta) struggled with the early deaths of family members, an apprenticeship which demanded sixteen-hour days at age nine, all the problems associated with starting a business with neither money nor connections, the death of his only son, the Great Depression, the horror of World War II in Japan, and more. Yet John P. Kotter shows in this fascinating and instructive book how, instead of being ground down by these hardships, Matsushita grew to be a fabulously successful entrepreneur and business leader, the founder of Japan's General Electric: the $65 billion a year Matsushita Electric Corporation. His accomplishments as a leader, author, educator, philanthropist, and management innovator are astonishing, and outshine even Soichiro Honda, J.C. Penny, Sam Walton, and Henry Ford. In this immensely readable book, Kotter relates how Matsushita created a large business, invented management practices that are increasingly being used today, helped lead his country's economic miracle after World War II, wrote dozens of books in his latter years, founded a graduate school of leadership, created Japan's version of a Nobel Prize, and gave away hundreds of millions to good causes. Matsushita Leadership is both a biography and a set of lessons for careers and corporations in the 21st century. An inspirational story and a business primer, the implications are powerful, for organizations and for living a meaningful life.See all Product description
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