In Reply to: Re: Toyota is unoriginal (more) posted by . on October 19, 1999 at 10:13:42:
: : On this point I must agree 100%. The Japanese absolutely kick butt when it comes to production and testing of all things manufactured. They have few equals in these fields. However, in the production of original ideas, the wheels grind to a halt. Can you imagine what would happen if they were creative? Oh man, what a world we would have then.
: : It is a cultural thing there. No one wants to be the exposed nail that gets hit by the hammer. However, those that do are usually rewarded and become quite rich.
: : How far have we strayed from the original topic?
: The wheels grind to a halt in the production of original ideas?
: You mean devising a world-beating production system with just-in-time inventory mgt., quick-change machine presses, and flexible manufacturing (among other features) did not require a single original idea?
: Let me give you a few names and tell me if you would not associate these with the production of original ideas: Sony, Nintendo, Honda.
: Perhaps you might have meant in Japan, creativity is channelled to areas different from what Europeans and North Americans are accustomed to.
I see we are getting nowhere mighty fast.
I believe you are correct in the intangable items you mentioned. However, these means and methods of PRODUCTION can not be seen. Many of us benifit from these concepts on a daily basis. However, when it comes to being original in a tangible, visable, physical manner, they lack.
What did Sony INVENT?
What did Nintendo INVENT?
What did Honda INVENT?
Please look up the definition of INVENT before offering a reply.
I am reminded that this was at one time a BMW message board, so I now return to our originally scheduled program.