Managing for Creativity in Japan Talking with Foreign Executives in Japan

Not Blue Sky

“I would never say that the Japanese are not creative or even less creative, but their orientation and their approach is not blue sky. They have a great deal of difficulty with blue-sky thinking.”

“Look at Japan, it’s the home of more than 50 global headquarters. More than double that of either the U.S. or the U.K. This is not a country that can’t innovate or be creative. But the Japanese pull it out through kaizen and that, for me as a foreigner, has been the biggest lesson that I’ve learnt – providing the template and the formula and then ‘kaizening’ it from there.”

This post is part of a series of excerpts from interviews with foreign executives in Japan, focusing on creativity. Excerpts have been edited for confidentiality.
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