Developing Creative Innovators for Global Competitiveness in the Japanese Context

  • Young Won ParkEmail author
  • Paul Hong


Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) regard the development of innovative talents as crucial for enhancing global competitiveness. In this chapter, we focus on product architecture, a key differentiator of Japanese firms, and their ability to catch up with Western firms that were ahead in technology adoption. We analyze the relationship between innovators and the product architectures they select and identify nine characteristics common to Japanese-type innovators.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsSaitama UniversitySaitamaJapan
  2. 2.College of Business InnovationUniversity of ToledoToledoUSA

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