Hitotsubashi ICS appoints its new Dean

Apr 1, 2014

campus_img_140401.jpgProfessor Kazuo Ichijo

has been inaugurated today as Dean of the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.

Prof. Ichijo teaches Knowledge Theory, Knowledge Management and Change Management in the MBA and executive programmes. Prof. Ichijo is also the project leader for the BEST Alliance, a strategic partnership between Hitotsubashi, Peking University Guanghua School of Management and the Seoul National University Graduate School of Business.

He joined Hitotsubashi ICS as a full time faculty member in 2007, having spent 19 years at Hitotsubashi University's Faculty of Social Sciences and Graduate School of Social Sciences, holding the positions of assistant professor, associate professor and professor. He is the holder of a BA (social sciences) and MS (social sciences) from Hitotsubashi University, and a PhD (business administration) from the University of Michigan.

Professor Ichijo's research interests focus on innovation through organisational knowledge creation. His areas of expertise are the development of knowledge-based competence in companies, the management of innovation and corporate transformation.

Prof. Ichijo, who is regarded as a leading scholar in the field of knowledge creation and management, has published a number of papers in these research areas. His book, Enabling Knowledge Creation: How to Unlock the Mystery of Tacit Knowledge and Release the Power of Innovation, published by Oxford University Press (OUP), won an award for best business book of the year in 2000 from the Association of American Publishers' Professional and Scientific Publishing Division. In 2007, Prof. Ichijo, together with Ikujiro Nonaka, edited Knowledge Creation and Management: New Challenges for Managers, also published by OUP.

A paper presented by Prof. Ichijo at the annual conference of the Strategic Management Society, held in Barcelona in October 1997, was selected as one of the best at the conference. His book, Management by Values (in Japanese) received the award for best book in 1998 from the Japan Management Association.

Prof. Ichijo has worked extensively as a consultant for many global companies, advising them on corporate transformation. He has also provided consulting and leadership development training to a number of international organisations. His expertise is in helping global leaders transform their companies while also developing their leadership. As a result of his success in this field, in 2003 Prof. Ichijo became the first Japanese professor at IMD, one of the world's leading business schools, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Prof. Ichijo is also actively involved in the corporate world, and currently serves five leading Japanese companies, Shimano, Calbee, iSiD, Commerce Link and NTT Data, as an outside board member, outside auditor or advisory committee member.