Innovation at Japanese Financial Services Firms, Part 2: In Search of Disruptive Innovation

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26 September 2014
Eiichiro Yanagawa

Abstract

Following on the heels of its global innovation survey last year, Celent conducted a survey on innovation in Japan’s financial industry. The survey results highlight two gaps: a management gap and an initiative gap. To bridge these gaps, Celent advocates heightening organizational adaptability to change.

Today the primary reason that innovation is an imperative in the financial industry is the change in customer expectations when it comes to financial services. Celent sees responding to these changes in expectations as facilitating innovation. As such, Celent proposes an innovation model to help induce innovation and to do so in an ongoing manner.

Part 1 of this report presents and examines the results of Celent's Japan innovation survey. The report analyzes the responses of 110 professionals at solution vendors and financial institutions including banks, insurers, securities firms, and asset management firms.

Part 2 explores how to induce innovation that is not happenstance, has staying power, and is not a flash in the pan. Firms need innovation that has the power to take root and change organizations, their initiatives, and their corporate culture.

“The greatest factors hampering advances in disruptive innovation are not to be found outside but rather inside a company. In particular, within large corporations, there is a tendency to derail innovation,” says Eiichiro Yanagawa, a senior analyst with Celent’s Asian Financial Services practice and author of the report. “Large firms are often typified by a wealth of capital and business resources. These resources are often in the areas of human resources and technology and can be channeled to R&D. They also often have business operations that require 360-degree management and much competition, and are frequently home to isolated ‘black sheep’ employees that seek to innovate.”

This report also offers innovation models to help companies intentionally induce innovation and to do so in an ongoing manner.

This is the second in a two-report series on innovation in Japan’s financial service sector. The report contains 19 figures.

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Content Type
Reports
Focus
Industry Trends, Innovation & Emerging Technology
Location
Asia-Pacific