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Tree-Ring Management

Tree-Ring Management

Take the Long View and Grow Your Business Slowly

Tsukakoshi Hiroshi
Translated by Hart Larrabee

Business & Economics

¥2,640

Published by JPIC | Hardcover | ISBN 978-4-916055-46-0 | 168 pages | 188mm (h) x 128mm (w) | March 2015

About the Book

Hiroshi Tsukakoshi is the chairman of a kanten manufacturer that is far from the bustle of Tokyo amid the natural beauty of Nagano prefecture. His desire has been to build the kind of company that makes its employees happy and makes a contribution to society by doing so. His philosophy is to take the long view, growing his business slowly and steadily through “tree-ring management.”

“Over the last 20 years, no one has left the company because they were unhappy,” Tsukakoshi declares. His unique management principles include such ideas as “rapid growth is the enemy” and “the essence of management is creating fans.” His approach has resulted in rising sales and profits for half a century since the company’s founding, and his company welcomes a steady stream of visiting executives and analysts from major corporations, including Murata Manufacturing and the Toyota Group. Chairman Tsukakoshi’s philosophy of seeking steady growth over the long term will enlighten businesspeople around the world about a better way to manage corporations.

About the Author

TSUKAKOSHI Hiroshi

Tsukakoshi was born in 1937 in Komagane, a small city in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. He dropped out of Ina Kita High School after contracting tuberculosis and later joined Ina Food Industry Co., Ltd. in 1958. He became President in 1983 and assumed the post of Chairman in March 2005. In recognition of his achievements in establishing a stable supply system for kanten and for pioneering new markets in areas such as health care, biotechnology, and nutritional care, Tsukakoshi was awarded the Government of Japan’s Medal of Honor with Yellow Ribbon in 1996. In 2002, he received the Outstanding Businessperson Award, the highest award from Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Company honoring outstanding managers of small and medium-sized enterprises. In 2006, as recognition for his accomplishments of achieving 48 consecutive years of rising sales and rising profits, and for his company’s philosophy, track record, and future potential, Ina Food Industry Co., Ltd. received the Good Company Award Grand Prize from the Medium and Small Business Research Institute. An amateur photographer, Tsukakoshi enjoys capturing scenes of nature in his hometown area of Ina, Nagano and around the world. He is the author of Ii kaisha o tsukurimasho [Let’s Build a Good Company] and co-author of Kofuku e no genten kaiki [Getting Back to the Basics of Happiness], both published by Bunya. In 2011, he received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Government of Japan.

内容紹介

信州の自然と共生し、人員を削減することなく成長し続ける寒天メーカーがある。その会長である著者塚越寛の根底にある思いは、「社員を幸せにするような会社をつくり、それを通じて社会に貢献すること」。経営方針は、「遠きをはかり」ゆっくりと着実に成長する「年輪経営」。
 「この20年間、会社が嫌で退社した人間はゼロ」を誇りに思う著者の経営理念は、「急成長は敵」「会社経営の要諦は『ファンづくり』にあり」などユニークだ。創業以来半世紀に亘り増収増益基調を続ける実績には説得力があり、トヨタグループや村田製作所など大企業の幹部も視察に訪れる。長期的な成長を追求する塚越会長の哲学は、世界中の経営者に会社経営のヒントや勇気を与えるに違いない。

著者紹介

塚越 寛

1937年、長野県の小都市駒ケ根市生まれ。伊那北高校を肺結核のため中退。1958年、伊那食品工業株式会社に入社。1983年、伊那食品工業株式会社代表取締役社長に就任。2005年3月、同社代表取締役会長に就任。寒天の安定供給体制を確立し、医療、バイオ、介護食などに新たな市場を開拓した功績が認められ、1996年日本政府より「黄綬褒章」を受章。2002年に、中堅・中小企業の優れた経営者を表彰する「優秀経営者顕彰制度」(日刊工業新聞社)の最高賞を受賞。1958年の会社設立から48年間連続の増収増益を達成し、その財務内容および理念と実績、将来性などが総合的に高く評価され、2006年に同社は、公益社団法人中小企業研究センターより「グッドカンパニー大賞」の最高賞「グランプリ」を受賞。趣味は写真で、地元の伊那や、世界各地の自然をカメラに収めている。著書に『いい会社をつくりましょう』、共著に『幸福への原点回帰』 (ともに文屋)。2011年に旭日小綬章を受章。

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Original Japanese Version / 原書情報

リストラなしの「年輪経営」―いい会社は「遠きをはかり」ゆっくり成長

リストラなしの「年輪経営」―いい会社は「遠きをはかり」ゆっくり成長

塚越 寛 著

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