Koito Manufacturing Ltd.

Case Solution

W. Carl Kester, Robert W. Lightfoot
Harvard Business School ()

After T. Boone Pickens acquired a 26% stake in Koito Manufacturing, a Japanese automotive supplier to the Toyota Group, T. Boone Pickens is seeking a position on Koito’s board of directors. Koito’s management resists, claiming Pickens is a worthless Greenmailer, not a true long-term investor. The battle between the two provides students with an opportunity to compare and contrast American and Japanese corporate governance practices. The focus of the debate is whether the Japanese system promotes efficiency or simply market power that diminishes economic prosperity.

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