July 28th, 2012 Kenichi Ohmae
Described as "Mr. Strategy" worldwide, Dr. Kenichi Ohmae is regularly sought out as a public speaker and management consultant. Ohmae, according to the Financial Times of London, is "Japan's Only Management Guru." In 1994, The Economist selected him one of five management gurus in the world. As an author he has published over 100 books, many of which are devoted to business and socio-political analyses. He has also contributed numerous articles to major publications (e.g., Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Affairs, New York Times). The Mind of Strategist (McGraw-Hill), Triad Power (Free Press), Beyond National Borders (Dow Jones Irwin), The Borderless World (Harper Business), The End of the Nation State (Free Press), and The Evolving Global Economy (editor, Harvard Business School Press), The Invisible Continent, Four Strategic Imperatives of New Economy (HarperCollins/Nicholas Brealey Publishing), are among the most popular of his books printed in English.
For a period of twenty-three years, Dr. Ohmae was a partner in McKinsey & Company, Inc., the international management consulting firm. As a co-founder of its strategic management practice, he has served companies in a wide spectrum of industries, including industrial and consumer electronics, financial institutions, telecommunications, office equipment, photographic equipment, industrial machinery, food, rubber, and chemicals. His special area of expertise is formulating creative strategies and developing the organizational concepts to implement them both for private and public sectors. Some of Japan's most famous and internationally successful companies continue to seek his help in shaping their competitive strategies. Likewise, his counsel is also much in demand among Asian, European and North American-based multinational and governmental institutions. He has also played a vital role in assisting Asian Governments to develop future oriented-regional strategies.
Dr. Kenichi Ohmae is the Founder of "Reform of Heisei", a citizen's socio-political movement established on November 25, 1992, to promote and catalyze the fundamental reform of Japan's political and administrative systems. Dr. Ohmae is also founder and Managing Director of the Ohmae & Associates, EveryD.com, Inc. (an internet platform for living rooms), Business Breakthrough (an around-the-clock interactive satellite television for business and management), Ohmae Business Developments, Inc. (entrepreneurial contest and venture incubation), General Services, Inc. (GSI). He is also Dean of Attacker's Business School focused on entrepreneurship. From January 1997, he joined the UCLA School of Public and Social Research as Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Graviton, Square Co. Ltd., e-System Corporation, and ACI (Academy Capital Investment), as well as adjunct professor of Bond University, and is on the board of SEI (Center for Advanced Studies for Management) at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). In September 2002, he was named the advisor of Liaoning Provice and Tianjin City in China.
One of most known studies Kenichi Ohmae is 3Cs Theory. The 3C's Model is a strategical look at the factors needed for success. The 3C's model points out that a strategist should focus on three key factors for success. In the construction of a business strategy, three main players must be taken into account:
A. The Corporation
B. The Customer
C. The Competitors
Only by integrating these three C's (Corporation, Customer, Competitors) in a strategic triangle, a sustained competitive advantage can exist. Ohmae refers to these key factors as the three C's or strategic triangle.
Kenichi Ohmae is also known for his study called as M Shape society. According to his observation, Ohmae argued that the structure of Japanese society has emerged into a 'M-shape' distribution.