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For decades there have been two iconic Japanese auto companies. One has been endlessly studied and written about. The other has been generally underappreciated and misunderstood. Until now.

Since its birth as a motorcycle company in 1949, Honda has steadily grown into the world’s fifth largest automaker and top engine manufacturer, as well as one of the most beloved, most profitable, and most consistently innovative multinational corporations. What drives the company that keeps creating and improving award-winning and bestselling models like the Civic, Accord, Odyssey, CR-V, and Pilot?

According to Jeffrey Rothfeder, what truly distinguishes Honda from its competitors, especially archrival Toyota, is a deep commitment to a set of unorthodox management tenets. The Honda Way, as insiders call it, is notable for decentralization over corporate control, simplicity over complexity, experimentation over Six Sigma-driven efficiency, and unyielding cynicism toward the status quo and whatever is assumed to be the truth. Honda believes in freely borrowing from the past as a bridge to "innovative discontinuity" in the present. And those are just a few of the ideas that the company’s colorful founder, Soichiro Honda, embedded in the DNA of his start-up sixty-five years ago.

©2014 Jeffrey Rothfeder (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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one of the best books I've ever had!

I have all versions of this book. text book, audible, audio cd.
I can't get enough of this, if you are a Honda fan, you are in for a treat.

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turned into a political diatribe

first 3 chapters were good then somehow Honda disappeared into a free for all on world affairs

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A great look look back at the man and the company

A great presentation of Soichiro Honda ' s modest beginnings and their innovative ways which have helped shaped the automotive industry and set new standards in automobile manufacturing.