Toyota the Mission Statement for Toyota Should Essay

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Toyota

The mission statement for Toyota should be much more meaningful than the generic, bland "make better cars and contribute to society." Such a pointless mission statement is a waste of everybody's time. This mission statement might sound better in Japanese, but in English it is awful. It also seems like that was the mission when the company was founded. As Radtke (1998) points out, the mission statement may need to be updated as the business evolves over time. The worthlessness of this mission statement would be excusable if the rest of the "Right Way Forward" had any meaning, but it does not. The phrases are all vague, empty cliches: "putting the customer first," "high-quality vehicle at an affordable price," "the…industry has faced a difficult operating environment," "major changes are anticipated," "we will continue [to overcome challenges] in the future." None of these statements would be informative or visionary to a third-grader, let alone a Toyota stakeholder. Is there a company that does not "overcome challenges" and "put the customer first"? The details in the document are equally vague, if more long-winded. If this document is to be taken as a serious statement of the company's mission and vision, then it is reasonable to conclude that Toyota has no vision or mission.

To conceptualize the idea of "Toyota wants to be…," the company needs to have a vision that can actually inspire people and give them a sense of direction. Even boring statements like "Toyota wants to be the best-selling automaker in the world" or "Toyota wants to be the most profitable automaker in the world" are better statements, because they provide a clear sense of direction. When conceptualizing the firm, the idea must be simple, easy to understand, and something that is attainable. All stakeholders, both internal and external, should be able to clearly understand what Toyota either is or wants to be. For Toyota to communicate a clear sense of direction to all relevant stakeholders, it will need to create a meaningful, powerful mission and vision for itself.

Stakeholders

A company like Toyota has a wide range of stakeholders. The internal stakeholders include workers, managers, shareholders, the Board, and any unions they might have. External stakeholders include suppliers, government, customers, dealers, business partners, and competitors. Among the internal stakeholders, the shareholders have an interesting position. The company should be oriented towards long-term growth in the investments that the shareholders have. This should place the emphasis for Toyota on building businesses with profits that are sustainable in the long-run. The shareholders are going to want to see that the company has a plan for this. The current vision for the company makes it sound as though Toyota is going to float on the ebb and flow of the industry. The shareholder understands the challenges in the environment. What the shareholder wants to know is how the company intends to overcome them. The company right now cannot even really say what the challenges might be. That's not good enough for the shareholders.

Suppliers are a key external stakeholder. Their objectives with Toyota are to maintain their relationship with the company, allowing them to continue to build their business. The suppliers need to know from Toyota how the company is going…

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Radtke, J. (1998). How to write a mission statement. Retrieved November 10, 2011 from http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=good%20mission%20statement&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CCoQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tgci.com%2Fmagazine%2FHow%2520to%2520Write%2520a%2520Mission%2520Statement.pdf&ei=jlu8TrLeNYnkiAKdn9W3Aw&usg=AFQjCNEPjoIb6vuhd4MyzeByL-bbbjebyg&cad=rja

"The Right Way Forward" Toyota. Retrieved November 10, 2011 from http://www.toyota-global.com/investors/ir_library/

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