What is Amoeba Management ?
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What is Amoeba Management ?

Amoeba Management is a management approach created by Kyocera founder (currently chairman emeritus) Kazuo Inamori to realize the goals of his management philosophy in the management of the company. By making sound management philosophy and precise divisional accounting (management system) function together correctly, company management goes forward without wavering. Kyocera, conducing Amoeba Management, has not suffered a loss since its founding in 1959 and is continuing to grow, and KDDI forerunner of DDI founded in 1984 also demonstrated high earnings.
Amoeba Management was once considered confidential and only for Kyocera Group use, but with a change in policy to provide consulting to outside entities, KYOCERA Communication Systems (KCCS) was established to specialize in that consulting. KCMC revolutionizes the management of client companies by instilling the principles of Amoeba Management and innovating management systems.
Amoeba Management has evolved and grown recent years, being introduced and utilized in areas such as the restructuring of Japan Airlines (JAL) and in medical and health care management. Universities and other institutions also are taking a look at Amoeba Management from an academic perspective, and studies are ongoing in various fields.

“A management approach for harnessing people” as a system where all employees participate in management

Kazuo Inamori says that Amoeba Management is management system that encourages all employees to participate in management. It does this by dividing the organization into small units and demonstrating the results of work of each organization in an easy-to-understand manner. This is based on the concept that all employees are involved corporate management, not just some of the top management. He also says that “management by all” is the most important factor.

The three objectives of Amoeba Management

Establish a Market-Oriented Divisional Accounting System

The fundamental principle for managing a company is to maximize revenues and minimize expenses. To practice this efficiently, the organization is divided into many small accounting units managed by divisional accounting system to enable immediate response to market changes.

  • Top management can see every part of the company.
  • Worksites are aware of results of activities.
  • Market information is conveyed in a timely manner.
  • Management issues become clear.
  • Management decisions are made in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Speedy management is realized.

Developing leaders with managerial awareness

The company is divided into small units and rebuilt in a way where each organization is a unified body of discrete shops or small enterprises. These small organizations are called “amoebas.” By entrusting the management of these units to so-called amoeba leaders, we aim to develop leaders with managerial awareness.

  • “Mini corporate managers” are turned out.
  • Team members are fostered.
  • A vision is mapped out.
  • Worksite wisdom is assembled.
  • Employees strive on their own accord.
  • Management indicators are shared.

Achieving Management by All

An important element for the company to continue to grow is developing a work climate where all employees can cooperate towards a single goal. For that reason, in Amoeba Management, we aim to realize a management environment where all employees can make the most of their abilities. By having all employees join in management and each individual increase his or her sense of management, they will work hard to contribute for the sake of their amoeba and the performance of the company as a whole.

  • Workplaces for self-fulfillment are created.
  • Communication is made smoother.
  • The enjoyment of achievement of objectives is shared (developing good work climate).
  • A sense of values is shared.
  • Awareness of turning a profit is developed.