From a preeminent global powerhouse in the 1980s and early 90s, the Japanese economy has been characterized by stasis and periodic decline for the past two decades. Japanese business today struggles to capture the inspired creativity that characterizes its most successful global competitors. Facing organizational and cultural constraints, many Japanese executives are unsure how to leverage the technological and economic forces that are undermining business models worldwide. However, all is not lost. This report outlines key strategies to help Japanese organizations recapture past achievements and once again assume a leadership role in global business ecosystems.

Study highlights

80 percent of Japanese executives say their organizations are actively pursuing disruptive innovation.

Only 22 percent of Japanese executives indicate willingness to field new ideas from outside their own organizations.

Only 39 percent of Japanese executives allow emplyees to collaborate with external partners.

About the authors

Kazuaki Ikeda

Kazuaki Ikeda
Vice President and Leader
IBM Strategy and Analytics

Anthony Marshall

Anthony Marshall
Research Director and Strategy Leader
IBM Institute for Business Value

Shuma Okamura

Shuma Okamura
Senior Managing Consultant
Business Analytics and Strategy

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