Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2009 (Revised March 2010)

Nippon Steel Corporation

by Srikant M. Datar and Akiko Kanno


Nippon Steel Corporation, the largest Japanese steel producer and second largest in the world faces challenges in pursuing strategy to become a true global player. Nippon Steel had long been the top Japanese company, however the emergence of a global player, Arcelor-Mittal, prompted globalization of the steel industry. The company feels the urgent need to also globalize the company by not just increasing overseas production but also making necessary changes to the company structure.

Keywords: History; Corporate Strategy; Problems and Challenges; International Accounting; Change Management; Restructuring; Competitive Strategy; Emerging Markets; Globalization; Global Strategy; Steel Industry; Japan;


Datar, Srikant M., and Akiko Kanno. "Nippon Steel Corporation." Harvard Business School Case 109-038, April 2009. (Revised March 2010.)