CVA has been proactively providing consulting services in Japan since the establishment of its Tokyo office in 1999. The very first project assigned to the Tokyo office was an international benchmark study entrusted by a government organisation regarding the institutionalisation of an independent agency. At that time, it was quite unique for the Japanese government to engage a European consulting firm to conduct such a project.
In an environment where simply listening to customers and asking them what they want will not suffice, what is required over and above logical thinking is the ability to conceive of new products and services customers will be willing to pay with the rationale of "value for money"More
New Business Model Development
There is an increasing need felt among the Japanese companies to come up with the conceptualisation of "new business model" which can not be found in the extension of past business activities.
Japan's Global Engagement
While Japanese companies have been focusing on the development of competitive technologies and products, there is seen nowadays drawback of such product-out approach. In other words, there is a serious common aspect observed among many Japanese companies, i.e. very often among large companies where business portfolio is a mere assembly of individual "silos" with no synergy between them.
Within Japanese economics, the Lost Decade refers to the period immediately after the early 1990’s Japanese economic bubble collapse. More than 20 years later, with no sign of economic growth, this period has been aptly renamed the Lost X Years. A new mindset must be adopted to see beyond these ‘lost years’ and into future prosperity.More