Cracking the Incremental Paradigm of Japanese Creativity

9 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2004

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Tony Proctor

Chester Business School, University College

Kim Hua Tan

Nottingham University Business School

Kensuke Fuse

Fujitsu Ltd. - Corporate Environmental Affairs Group

Abstract

This paper points out the differences between incremental and paradigm shift approaches to creativity in management that exists between Japanese and Western schools of thought. A number of examples are used to illustrate how a systematic incremental process that places emphasis on continuous improvement is key to Japanese creativity in management. A framework that captures the cornerstones of Japanese creativity is outlined. The paper concludes by discussing the contribution of this research and outlines a plan for further work.

Suggested Citation

Proctor, Tony and Tan, Kim Hua and Fuse, Kensuke, Cracking the Incremental Paradigm of Japanese Creativity. Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 207-215, December 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=615844

Tony Proctor (Contact Author)

Chester Business School, University College ( email )

Chester CH1 ABJ
United Kingdom

Kim Hua Tan

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 115 8467749 (Phone)

Kensuke Fuse

Fujitsu Ltd. - Corporate Environmental Affairs Group ( email )

4-1-1 Kamikodanaka, Nakahara-ku
Kawasaki, Kanagawa 211-8588
Japan

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