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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emi Osono, Norihiko Shimizu, Hirotaka Takeuchi Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781596592476
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To an outsider, Toyota is hard to understand. The company moves forward gradually while also advancing in big leaps. It is frugal with its resources while spending extravagantly on people and projects. It is both efficient and redundant; it cultivates an environment of stability and paranoia; it is hierarchical and bureaucratic, but encourages dissent; it demands that communication be simplified while building complex communication networks. These contradictions are rampant at Toyota because its culture and managers intentionally embrace contradiction, opposites, and paradox.

Granted unprecedented access to the inner workings of Toyota, the authors spent six years researching the company and performing more than 220 interviews with Toyota employees, distributors, and car dealers in order to determine what makes Toyota one of the world's best companies.

Extreme Toyota offers an inside look at the radical contradictions within the company, created by its own management, and how these help Toyota outperform its competition. By putting a premium on creativity and paradoxical thinking as a corporate resource, Toyota has become the best car manufacturer and one of the most successful companies on earth. This audiobook takes a fascinating inside look at what makes Toyota tick.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Studded with graphs and charts, this insider’s view of one of the world’s leading manufacturers is somewhat academic in tone yet has enough anecdotes to make it interesting.”

    Library Journal

  • “This book, based on unprecedented access to Toyota, offers a revealing look at one of the world’s greatest companies.”

    Michael E. Porter, professor, Harvard Business School

  • “A very fresh and comprehensive study of Toyota. You will find an outstanding analysis of the company’s unique corporate culture and DNA in this book.”

    Yoshio Ishizaka, former president and CEO, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

  • “This is the definitive book on the secret to Toyota’s phenomenal success, with important lessons for all leaders…A well-written and engaging guide for building successful twenty-first century companies.”

    Noel M. Tichy, professor, University of Michigan

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Indah Threez Lestari | 9/26/2011

    " Great book to learn. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bob Wallner | 5/25/2011

    " Did not like. I couldn't see how I could put this into practice in my organization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Threez | 9/3/2009

    " Great book to learn. "

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About the Author

Emi Osono is a professor at Hitotsubashi University, one of Japan’s top business schools. He is the coauthor of Extreme Toyota and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars around the world.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.