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

Sophisticated and Open Information Systems

Make all information and results open – research, production, inventory…. not for the purpose of control but for stimulation of operating level creativity.

Support this with concrete learning processes and practices – large data/information input, and encouragement of collection, analysis, experimentation and transfer.

Example: Kao Corporation (this approach led to the creation of their Sofina line); Seven-Eleven Japan (POS system).

Source: Katayama, O. (1996). Japanese business into the 21st Century: strategies for success. ; Tatsuno, S. (1990). Created in Japan: from imitators to world-class innovators. ; Nonaka