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The Heart of Management(日本語書名『経営のものさし』)
This book is a translation and adaptation of the original Japanese, “Matsushita Konosuke: Keiei no monosashi” [Matushista Konosuke: Yardsticks for Management], published by PHP Institute in 1994. It consists of brief passages on a variety of topics relating to corporate management compiled by the institute in response to lots of various questions from businesspeople and company executives over many years. The passages are excerpted from records of his speeches, talks, discussions, interviews and meetings with the press ranging throughout the founder’s long career. Dealing primarily with issues of management, they also cover all aspects of his ideas and views of humanity, society, and the world.
While nearly a century has passed since Konosuke Matsushita began his career, and the business environment has changed radically since the founder was actively involved in management, the fundamental wisdom, keen insight, and business acumen recorded here will still provide hints of enduring value for managers and businesspeople.


Practical Management Philosophy
Practical Management Lessons from the Founder of Panasonic

“This collection sets forth my management principles, or my management philosophy; that is, my basic thoughts on how to manage an enterprise based on 60 years of experience and lessons learned. The term “management philosophy” sounds perhaps a bit grandiose, as this work is neither the result of disciplined academic study nor a systematically developed treatise. Rather, it is a compilation of practical lessons which, in my experience, will surely create the foundations for success for any company that builds its management upon them.” (from the Preface)


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My Way of Life and Thinking
The Early Entrepreneurial Life of the Founder of Panasonic

In the late autumn of 1904, Japan was caught up in the Russo-Japanese War. All alone, a nine-year-old boy left his hometown for Osaka to begin an apprenticeship. His mother, in tears, watched him board the train at Kinokawa Station in Wakayama. Her lonely figure as the train pulled out of the station was a scene that was to be deeply engraved in his mind forever. His first days on his own began. Struggling in the big city, he lived through his days with hope for the future.


This was the start of the career of Konosuke Matsushita, who went on to live out a life filled with lofty aspirations.


In 1918, 23-year-old Matsushita set up his own business and began working on his own inventions. Relentlessly pursuing innovation in products and management, that tiny workshop grew into the global corporation we know today as Panasonic.


My Way of Life and Thinking is the self-told story of one of the most outstanding entrepreneurs of the 20th century. No ordinary autobiography, this inspirational volume provides insight into Matsushita’s approach to life and philosophy of management and is a testimony to his lifelong pursuit of entrepreneurship, leadership and an idealistic vision that began at an early age. The implications of his story are powerfully relevant today to people seeking to question what it is to live a meaningful life.


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The Heart of Management

How did Konosuke Matsushita concretely deal with the full range of functional areas and concepts of corporate management, including basic management principles, organization, product development, production, sales, accounting, and personnel? This volume attempts to answer those questions by presenting a compendium of good management. It is a carefully considered selection of Matsushita’s thought on these issues, designed to provide a reliable compass for negotiating the route to management success even in the most difficult of business.




Not for Bread Alone

This work presents a selection of 71 essays culled from experiences described in four books Konosuke Matsushita published in Japanese. Encapsulating the essence of Japanese management and presenting the author’s business ethos and management ethic, Not for Bread Alone is the ideal reference for anyone running a business. It provides a balanced and thoughtful look at the ethical and business issues facing every manager today. 


The Million-Dollar Knack for Successful Management

Born in a small farming village in rural Wakayama, Konosuke Matsushita was forced to leave school at the age of 9 for an apprenticeship in Osaka because of his family’s poverty. At 23, he set up his own business and began working on his own inventions. Relentlessly pursuing innovation in products and management, that tiny workshop grew into the global corporation we know today as Panasonic.


Known as the “God of Management” in Japan, Matsushita's business books  have sold more than 18 million copies in Japanalone.


The Million-Dollar Knack for Successful Management summarizes Matsushita’s timeless essentials of business management gleaned from more than 60 years of business experience. As you will learn from Matsushita, “Grasping the knack of management is worth a million dollars.”


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