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Too much talk? Honda chief reins in freewheeling management

With industry disrupted, CEO emphasizes small brain trust over 'big boardroom'

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.

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