Managing for Creativity in Japan Talking with Foreign Executives in Japan


“It is also more difficult to attract a Japanese person to a non-Japanese company. I think that the reason for that is that they probably think it’s just a one-way ticket meaning that they think they won’t get back into a Japanese company afterwards, although that perception might be changing. (C: why would that be the case?) I think that it’s because they might get some different ideas about HR policy and they might contaminate the other workers in the company who have been there from the start.”

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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