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

Creative Samurai: The Intrapreneur

Support intrapreneurs with strong vision rather than stifling them or pushing them out of the company.

Example: Minolta’s development of an ‘entirely automatic-focusing, single-lens reflex camera’ was instigated and maintained in the face of strong internal and supplier opposition by general manager Mikio Naya (supported by the president of Minolta, Hideo Tashima). The camera took Minolta market share from 5% to 26% in one year, and sparked growth and innovation in the Japanese camera industry as a whole.

Source: Tatsuno, S. (1990). Created in Japan: from imitators to world-class innovators.