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Matsushita Leadership

by Dr. John Kotter

Winner of the Financial Times Book Award, Dr. 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.

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