Title: Striving for Kakushin (continuous innovation) for the 21st century
Author: Shuji Kondou
Address: Japan Management Association Consultants Inc, 1-38 Shiba Kouen, 3-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8534, Japan
Journal: Int. J. of Technology Management, 2003 Vol.25, No.6/7, pp.517-530
Abstract: This paper deals with the problem of how to ensure continuous Kakushin through a management consulting approach. Kakushin, a Japanese concept that generally corresponds to the word ''innovation'' in English, has been one of the key factors in the growth of Japanese enterprises over the last decade. It refers to the process of change and improvement from the perspective of the organisation in order to solve the management issues continuously brought on by a fluctuating environment. The Kakushin approach proposed in this paper includes three parts: a full-cycle approach, organisational learning, and company-wide commitment. The effectiveness and limitations of this approach in terms of management consulting practices can be highlighted with respect to Japanese industries, and, from this discussion, future conceptual research for global management consulting for the 21st century can be pursued.
Keywords: Kakushin; continuous innovation; management consulting; industrial reconstruction; organisational learning; company-wide commitment.
Available online 11 Jul 2003