Samurai Leadership: A Case Study of Kazuo Inamori

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Momoko Okazaki
Rattaphong Sonsuphap


This research is to study the biography and working style of Kazuo Inamori and guidelines for managing business organizations in the case of Japan Airlines, which he has led the business organization to overcome the bankruptcy crisis of the company within 3 years. This research was a qualitative research using documentary research through the use of unstructured interview technique which was one method of collecting data used in this research.

The research’s results indicated that there were 4 majors of principles and philosophy of Kazuo Inamori administration: 1) To change the desire to become reality and the effort to make ordinary people become special people which had a good personality that committed to the work and dedicated to achieve the goal. 2) Organization management did not require many documents and protocol. 3) The management realized in the same philosophy: the duty of the management was to make all employees in a fine state physically and mentally. and, 4) Good leaders must be knowledgeable about financial information. There are 2 suggestions as follows: 1) The concept and work philosophy of Kazuo Inamori should be created to a learning process for dissemination to Thai society. 2) Should adopt good management principles, transparency, sacrifice and efficiency of Kazuo Inamori to develop in knowledge management (KM) for government organizations, private sector and other civil society organizations.


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