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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1St Edition edition (May 16, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068483460X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684834603
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Noted Harvard business professor Kotter recounts the fascinating life of Konosuke Matsushita (1894-1989), the founder of Matsushita Electric Company. Matsushita started his adult life with no money, no connections, fewer than four years of formal education, and a family history filled with trauma. Yet his company's growth in revenues has exceeded that of the companies of such famous entrepreneurs as Soichiro Honda (Honda), Sam Walton (Wal-Mart), Akio Morita (Sony), James Cash Penney (J.C. Penney), and Henry Ford (Ford). Not a biography, this chronological bibliograhy instead highlights the educational patterns of Matsushita's life and draws out lessons from which readers in management can learn. Kotter clearly illustrates how Matsushita was able to motivate large groups of individuals. Recommended for corporate executives, businesspeople, academics, students, and aspiring entrepreneurs.?Joseph W. Leonard, Miami Univ., Oxford, Ohio
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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

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Regarded by many as the authority on leadership and change, John P. Kotter is a New York Times best-selling author, award winning business and management thought leader, business entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and Harvard Professor. His ideas, books, speeches, and company, Kotter International, have helped mobilize people around the world to better lead organizations, and their own lives, in an era of increasingly rapid change.

Professor Kotter's MIT and Harvard education laid the foundation for his life long passion for educating, motivating and helping people. He became a member of the Harvard Business School faculty in 1972. By 1980, at the age of 33, Kotter was given tenure and a full Professorship - the youngest person ever to have received that award at the Business School. Over the past thirty years, his articles in The Harvard Business Review have sold more reprints than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors who have written for that publication during that time period. Most recently, his HBR article "Accelerate!", won the 2012 McKinsey Award for the world's most practical and groundbreaking thinking in the business/management arena. Today, he continues to deliver seminars in Harvard Business School's Executive Education Programs, which are sometimes regarded as life changing by his students.

Kotter has authored 18 books to date - twelve of them bestsellers. His books have reached millions, and have been printed in over 150 foreign language editions. Arguably his most popular book, Our Iceberg is Melting, was released in 2006. This New York Times bestseller helped launch to a large audience the 8-step philosophy behind Kotter International. Written as an allegory, it is a simple, yet unforgettable story about a group of penguins on a melting iceberg and the changes they undertake to survive and thrive amidst an unclear future. This story connects with a broad range of people needed to effect major organizational transformations in an easily understood, clear way. Kotter International aims to do the same. Dr. Kotter is the founder, and Head of Research at Kotter International. Other widely read books include "A Sense of Urgency", "The Heart of Change" and "Leading Change", which Time magazine selected in 2011 as one of the 25 most influential business management books ever written. Professor Kotter is currently working on writing his 19th book.

To supplement his books and expand on his ideas, Kotter has released several videos on his teachings, most of which are accessible to anyone interested in his work via YouTube. His "Succeeding in a Changing World" video was awarded Best Video Training Product of the Year by Training Media Review and also won a Telly Award. His YouTube videos have been watched by hundreds of thousands and continue to be a helpful tool for anyone from students to high-level executives in the business world.

Kotter's research and pursuits in education, business and writing over the past 35 years have earned the respect of his peers, helped transform organizations around the world, touched countless lives, and still inspires others to adopt his methods and spread the word. He continues to work tirelessly to achieve the goal of "millions leading, billions benefiting".

Professor Kotter is a proud father of two and resides in Cambridge, MA with his wife, Nancy Dearman.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "suhaw" on March 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a rare attempt by an American to profile an Asian entrepreneur and world-renowned corporate leader.
Because of the rather more subtle and complex social structures in Asia, which is particularly even more so in Japan, it is the rare non-Asian who is able to peer through the intricate webs and be able to grasp at the essence.
Kudos to John Kotter
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1997
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Business enviroment ALWAYS 'create' Entropy.
Some people have power to 'control' this ...
This is a book about a PERSON that have this power.
A history of a little boy that was MASTERED by 'nature' to turn one of the greatest LEADER of this century
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DStitt on March 11, 2012
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This is one of the best books I have read. There are many lessons that can be learned by reading this book. The book shows that even with major adversity, success can still be achieved.
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There are few entrepreneurs left in Japan today, and Panasonic is one of those behemouths which went astray under bureaucratic consensus driven management producing 47 rice cookers when none made any money any longer. It would be good if they not only venerated their founder, but actually applied what he practiced when he set up a little sweat shop producing light bulb fittings in Osaka. Kotter retells the biography of this great man, a classical story from rags to riches, and he tells it well without undue adulation, including the company's fate during the war and Matsushita's private tragedies. In his later life he may have adhered to few sectarian sounding ideas (the Tenrykyo sect may have inspired his "Peace and Happiness through prosperity" concepts). But this should not detract from the decadelong self-sacrifice, boundless drive, cost cutting and risk taking which he undertook during his professional life to create a leading world electronics conglomerate, which only started to stumble once he exited from this world. Kotter has researched well and writes engagingly. The book is definitely worth a read, if only to understand Japanese corporate history and its past entrepreneurial culture of the last century.
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By Jose on June 12, 2014
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The book provides an insight on what make Matsushita san tick, and drive, very happy to have got this book.
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