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Shoji Shiba

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Shoji Shiba
Born (1933-01-11) 11 January 1933 (age 91)
Occupation(s)Management Guru, Economist,

Shoji Shiba (司馬 正次[1]) is an international expert in Total Quality Management (TQM) and Breakthrough Management.[2] Globally he is best known for developing the "Five Step Discovery Process" for Breakthrough Management. In the recent years he has been guiding the transformation of the Indian manufacturing industry.

A Deming Prize winner[3] in an individual capacity for propagating TQM amongst corporates and governments, Prof. Shiba has authored books like 'A New American TQM' (co-authored by David Walden and Alan Graham), 'Integrated Management Systems' (co-authored by Thomas H Lee and Robert Chapman Wood), 'Four Practical Revolutions in Management' (with David Walden) in English and 'Breakthrough Management' (Japanese 2003; English 2006).

Prof. Shiba is professor emeritus of University of Tsukuba in Japan,[4] Advisory Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and Distinguished Honorary Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. From 1990 to 2004, he taught at the Sloan School of Management, MIT.[5]

He is, at present, the Chief Advisor to the Visionary Leaders for Manufacturing Programme (VLFM) in India. It is an innovative management transformation programme being implemented in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency, to create a critical mass of Visionary Leaders to lead India's manufacturing sector into future growth. It is a globally successful experiment in collaboration with the Indian Industry (Confederation of Indian Industry),Indian Academia (Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Madras) and the Indian Government (National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council).

Prof Shiba has also diffused TQM concepts to industry and governments of various countries, including Chile, China, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United States, the United Kingdom, and the former USSR.


  • March, 2018: Interviewed by Anurit Kanti, a renowned journalist.
  • Jan. 2012: Padma Shri Award[1][6] from the Government of India
  • Jul. 2011: Award from the Emperor of Japan - The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for " immense contributions towards fostering academic exchanges between Japan and India"[7]
  • Nov. 2006: Grand Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary
  • 2004: The Nikkei Quality Management Literature Award for the publication of his book on Breakthrough management
  • 2002: Deming Prize for individuals for "outstanding contribution to quality management methods and for dedication to developing the globalization of TQM"
  • 2001: “Excellence in Teaching” award at MIT, Pune.


  1. ^ a b "「ブレークスルー」でインドの製造業に変革をもたらす". jica.go.jp. Japan International Cooperation Agency. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  2. ^ Mitra, Moinak (13 March 2009). "Shoji Shiba: The practitioner of 'breakthrough management'". The Economic Times. Time Group, India. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  3. ^ Slavin, Lois (15 October 2002). "Shoji Shiba Honored with Deming Prize". Mit SDM. MIT. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  4. ^ Professor Emeritus at University of Tsukuba
  5. ^ Jagannathan, Venkatachari (24 February 2005). "Breakthrough management: mind over mantra". Domain-B. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  6. ^ PTI (25 January 2012). "Republic Day: Muthuraman, Subbiah, Priya Paul among Padma awardees". The Economic Times. Times Group. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  7. ^ "Conferment of Decoration on Dr. Shoji Shiba, Professor Emeritus,University of Tsukuba, Japan, and Distinguished Honorary Professor - Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur". Press Release No. 22. Embassy of Japan in India. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-17.

Further reading[edit]

  • Shiba, Shoji (2006). Breakthrough Management. New Delhi, India: CII. ISBN 81-903564-1-0.

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