Too much talk? Honda chief reins in freewheeling management

TOKYO — “I have no subordinates,” grumbles Honda Motor President Takahiro Hachigo, who heads an automaker known for an open-ended management style where the voices of workers throughout the company are heard as part of the decision-making process.

But with the auto industry going through a once-a-century transformation, Hachigo hopes to create a quicker, more efficient process.

This month, a so-called president’s office was established, in which a staff supports the head of the automaker in day-to-day decision-making. This is not at all unusual at such other companies as Toyota Motor, where President Akio Toyoda governs with his own brain

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