Faculty Members
One of the unique features of our faculty members...

Faculty Members

One of the unique features of our faculty members in the International Business Strategy Program is the combination of the academics and the practitioners. About 60% of our full-time faculty members have real-world work experience in business, working for multinational firms. For example, Hiroshi Kanno worked 17 years at Boston Consulting Group; Sherman Abe worked for more than 20 years as an investment banker at First Boston and Merrill Lynch; Tom Ito worked 16 years at The Bank of Tokyo and 16 years at UBS Investment Bank for UBS Securities Japan; Michael Korver worked as a lawyer and as a venture capitalist for more than 20 years; Takashi Nawa worked for 20 years at McKinsey & Company; and Ryuji Yasuda worked for more than 20 years at Morgan Guaranty, McKinsey & Company, and A.T. Kearney.

In addition, many of the full-time faculty members have teaching experience at other business schools. For example, Dean Kazuo Ichijo at the IMD in Switzerland; Yoshinori Fujikawa at Pennsylvania State University; Kentaro Koga at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Kangyong Sun at Peking University. In addition, about two-thirds of the full-time faculty members have earned MBAs, and DBAs and/or PhDs from leading U.S. business schools.

Faculty members are readily accessible to students inside as well as outside the classrooms by way of their open-door policies, together with the Seminar (zemi) system that accommodates 4-5 students per faculty member as mentors.