The eight essentials of innovation

BY By Marc de Jong, Nathan Marston, and Erik Roth – McKinsey.com It’s no secret: innovation is difficult for well-established companies. By and large, they are better executors than innovators, and most succeed less through game-changing creativity than by optimizing their existing businesses. Yet hard as it is for such organizations to innovate, large ones

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Getting to Yes Across Cultures

BY Amy Gallo – HARVARD BUSINESS REPORT A to-the-point video on what to know before your next negotiation, based on research by Erin Meyer. For more, read “Getting to Si, Ja, Hai, and Da.” Erin Meyer is a professor and the program director for Managing Global Virtual Teams at INSEAD. She is the author of

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Work-Life Balance in Japan

BY Frank Schulz – Japan Industry News.com When candidates tell you that they do not want to work overtime, or do not intend to commute to the working place for more than 40 minutes on one way, then one shall assume that the “work-life balance discussion” has also reached Japan. The general understanding is that

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It’s time for Europe to turn Japanese

BY Michael Stott – Asia.Nikkei.com The doom-laden warnings rang in my ears as I landed in Tokyo for a six-month assignment. Japan was a “land of stagnation.” It had suffered “two lost decades” and was a vivid example of the slow economic death Europe needed to avoid. Images of unemployed workers, mass demonstrations, neglected public

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Tokyo drift: How Japan can turn its aging workforce into an advantage

BY Jonathan Woetzel, Michael Chui, and Georges Desvaux – McKinsey.com Japan is on a trajectory toward another decade of anemic growth and intensifying fiscal pressures. With its workforce shrinking, Japan must simultaneously boost productivity and labor force participation through creative adaptations for older workers and an increased focus on robotics in the workforce. Global fertility

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3 Ways Healthcare Providers Can Take Advantage Of Social Media Disruption

BY Roy Gum – Oracle senior sales consultant Social media and the internet are having a profound effect on healthcare—a digital disruption that currently impacts more than 1 billion potential patients and is estimated to affect 2.5 billion by 2018. For healthcare providers, this disruption presents both risk and opportunity as the traditional doctor-patient relationship

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A narrow passage

BY THE ECONOMIST In the Shin-Okubo neighbourhood of Tokyo, smells of Korean food and snatches of the language waft in the air. A supermarket selling kimchi sits next to an Indian-run kebab shop—the latter complete with leaflets promoting Islam, the religion of the Calcutta-born owner. A local estate agent advertises staff that speak Chinese, Vietnamese

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Globalization: Japan’s Uphill Journey

BY Ash Geary – Creative Strategist and Marketing Consultant Globalization And The Manufacturing Age Globalization was the last thing on the minds of the Japanese, when after the war, they struggled to establish an economic foothold.  From this primordial soup of chaos, highly-motivated, creative people formed new businesses which by embracing change, evolved quickly and

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Japan Summit: Future Works – Oct 21st 2016, Tokyo

BY The Economist Japan Summit: Future Works will explore the coming changes to the world of work and discuss how these might help re-boot Japan’s growth. This event will bring together the country’s opinion leaders for a day of debate and high-level discussion. Click to download the bilingual brochure Read The Economist article “Japan’s economy: Three-piece

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Health systems: Improving and sustaining quality through digital transformation.

BY Thomas London and Penelope Dash – McKinsey.com As the price of healthcare rises and safety lapses persist, developed countries are seeking ways to lower costs and improve quality. Many are finding the solution in digital innovation. Health systems in developed countries face a twofold challenge: ensuring financial sustainability and improving quality. Digitization can help

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