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Former Hitachi chief Shoyama managed from the bottom up

Executive who told employees to 'break the bonds with your past' dies at 84

Etsuhiko Shoyama believed that "a company is its people."

TOKYO -- Not one to let critics change the way he did business, Etsuhiko Shoyama was known for a deliberate, bottom-up management style that emphasized listening to employees during his seven years as the head of Hitachi.

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