Patterns of Creativity in Japan Lessons from Successful Japanese Companies – A Resource

Focusing on the Problem

Japanese and Western concepts of ‘making a decision’ are fundamentally different – the Japanese focus on problem definition, the West on problem solving. The process of definition is long and usually involves many areas of the organization.

Example: From a discussion of Japanese management practices.

Source: Drucker, P.F. (1971). What we can learn from Japanese management. Harvard Business Review (March/April 1971), pp. 110-22.