Shiba is a renowned management guru
Speaking at the launch, Kawaguchi said manufacturing is the key to enhancing jobs and development.
In the book, Shiba, Chief Adviser, Champions for Societal Manufacturing (CSM) Programme, has dwelt upon how celebrated leaders developed abilities to influence some significant changes, how they integrated everyone in the organization and practised the tools.
He has written on 7 Dreams - Shift from "Print to Build" to "Build to Print", Creating "Winning Partnerships" amongst customers and suppliers, Sustaining Manufacturing communities by "Winning partnerships", Focus on Development and then growth follows, Creating Societal Business Model, Uniting best of Management and Technology education, Organisation transformation through Visionary leaders.
Shoji Shiba was Chief Adviser to the Visionary Leaders for Manufacturing (VLFM) programme, initiated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, from its inception in 2007 till March 2013. He also formed a Learning Community in India in 2004.
Shiba was awarded the Padma Shri in 2012 in recognition of his significant contribution to India's manufacturing sector and helping it become globally competitive. He was also conferred the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan in 2011.
Since April 2013, Shiba has been Chief Adviser to the Champions for Societal Manufacturing (CSM) programme.
Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay, Minister, for Science Technology and BioTech, West Bengal, described Shiba as a "visionary leader" who has "enhanced India's profile in the manufacturing space globally".
To his credit Shiba contributed significantly to building stronger India-Japan relationships, the Minister said.
Chattopadhyay also appreciated CII's persistent work in striking up strong and effective linkages between the industry and academia.
Aloke Mookherjea, Past Chairman, CII Eastern Region, Chairman, Education and Skill Development Sub-Committee, and Chairman, Flakt India Ltd, congratulated Shiba on undertaking this assignment I believe in six weeks' time target!
"Prof Shiba's book symbolises deepening cooperation between India and Japan. Japan's assistance to India covers the gamut of technology, innovation, and also management. The books covers only 7 success stories, but more than 200. Replicating these experiences and models, we can hope to help meet the dreams of millions of young people who are entering the workforce as managers, workers, and entrepreneurs," Mookherjea said.
He also dwelt upon how CII's association with Japan has gone from strength to strength in the past three decades.
"It all started in the 1980s when Indian Industry started to look for joint ventures with Japanese companies, especially with the auto industry followed by the heavy industry taking a lead at that time. Companies like Suzuki, Honda, Mitsubishi and a few others came from Japan and formed joint ventures," Mookherjea said.
"In the past seven years, we have worked closely together to create and publish more than 200 success stories, from 330 companies and reached out to close to 1,000 visionary leaders developed in the Indian Manufacturing Industry."
"Recognising the contribution, Government of India and the Indian Society have thanked him leading to him being conferred with the Padma Shri Award in 2012," he said.
Abraham Stephanos, Co-Chairman, Task Force on innovation, CII Eastern Region, described Kolkata as the perfect venue of the launch of the book is apt.
"It is a city of book lovers and readers. I am sure the book will go a long way to popularize Indian Manufacturing and seed more dreams in the coming days," Stephanos, who is also Chief Operating Officer, Tata Steel Processing and Distribution Ltd, said.
--IBNS (Posted on 28-11-2013)