Japanese companies' remarkable resilience is a lesson for MNCs

08:27, April 12, 2010      

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Who are Asia's biggest business leaders? What kind of leadership skills and beliefs do they possess that have led them to the forefront of their respective industries? What unique experiences and lessons do they offer that are not readily visible in the West? And what common traits do they share, if any? How have they successfully navigated their companies through times of great change and tumult, be it the Asian financial crisis in 1997 or the global financial crisis of 2008-09? Finally, what makes these captains of industry and their companies well-equipped to lead their businesses to prosperity and growth throughout the next century and beyond?

Get behind the experiences and philosophies of 15 Japanese managers who are steering their companies to new growth and global leadership in the 21st century with this newly published book.

Written by leading journalist and academic, Yozo Hasegawa, this is a timely collection of profiles of the country's most innovative chief executive officers (CEOs), who are not only driving and reshaping their respective industries in the 21st century but are demonstrating a knack for consistently meeting the various challenges of today's rapidly changing world. It includes luminaries such as Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata, Canon Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai, and Shisedo President and CEO Shinzo Maeda. Together, they represent the core of a growing breed of savvy business leaders who are deep-rooted in classical Japanese business values yet also subscribe to and are well-versed in global business realities.

Author Yozo Hasegawa masterfully uncovers the leadership skills, philosophies and key strategies that these 15 leaders possess and distills them into principles that apply to every company and every manager. Finally, he discusses what makes these captains of industry and their companies well-equipped for growth and success through the next century and beyond.

Rediscovering Japanese Business Leadership provides a window into some of the best business minds behind Japan's most successful global brands, and gives penetrating insight into what makes them tick and what we can learn from them. As other Asian companies seek to expand their global market, this book is a must-read for its valuable lessons from Asia's first global success story.

Source:China Daily


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