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Matsushita Leadership : lessons from the 20th century's most remarkable entrepreneur

Author: John P Kotter
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kotter, John P., 1947-
Matsushita Leadership.
New York : Free Press, c1997
(OCoLC)647051807
Named Person: Kōnosuke Matsushita; Kōnosuke Matsushita; Konosuke Matsushita
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John P Kotter
ISBN: 068483460X 9780684834603
OCLC Number: 35620432
Description: xvii, 302 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The legacy --
Student, apprentice, employee: 1894-1917 : Early loss and its consequences ; Growth through hardship ; Responsibility and exposure at an early age --
Merchant entrepreneur: 1917-1931 : Risk taking, perseverance, and the launching of a business ; Unconventional strategies ; Coping with economic hard times --
Business leader: 1931-1946 : A mission for the corporation ; Creating "The division system" ; World War II --
Institutional leader: 1946-1970 : Up from ashes ; The globalization of an enterprise ; Fighting arrogance and complacency --
Philosopher and educator: 1970-1989 : The study of human nature ; Books and philanthropies ; Educating for leadership --
With a humble heart and an open mind.
Responsibility: John P. Kotter.
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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 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.

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