Managing for Creativity in Japan Talking with Foreign Executives in Japan

A Green Plant in the Desert

“On the one hand you have an ecology which is not supportive of creativity and on the other you have an education system which is not supportive. If you are a green plant in the middle of the desert you are going to die, basically. People don’t like to speak out here, harmony (a key value in a Confucian society) is too important.”