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.