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November 07, 2018

Have you heard of the Kazuo Inamori Management Philosophy?

Have you heard of the Kazuo Inamori Management Philosophy?

Kazuo Inamori founded Kyocera Corporation (originally Kyoto Ceramic Co., Ltd.) in 1959 when he was only 27 years old. At that time Kyocera had just 28 employees and operated out of a small factory in the Nakagyo Ward of Kyoto, Japan. Having devoted his entire early career to research and development, Inamori was new to the demands of leadership, with no objective criteria for management decision-making. He therefore turned to the foundational moral lessons he learned as a child and adopted one simple imperative -- "Do what is right as a human being" -- to guide his business decisions. This fundamental moral principle became the core of Inamori's unique management philosophy which he used to lead Kyocera from a small start-up into a global manufacturing powerhouse.

Over the next several months we will be introducing Inamori's management philosophy through the KYOCERA Global LinkedIn page. We hope this philosophy series will inspire employees and business managers around the world who seek to build more sustainably profitable businesses that contribute positively to society at large.

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