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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
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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; First 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Most business Titan's come up with a philosophy to propagate their enterprise, but Konosuke comes up with an empire under the sun to propagate a philosophy, that of co-existane and co-prosperity. He came up with the Division structure of Management at about the same time as Alfred P. Sloan of General Motors, but was lessor known. Dr. Kotter unravels the mystery in this splendid book.
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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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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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The book provides an insight on what make Matsushita san tick, and drive, very happy to have got this book.
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