AffiliationDean, Professor, Hitotsubashi ICS
Kazuo (Kaz) Ichijo received his BA (Social Sciences) and MA (Social Sciences) from Hitotsubashi University, and his PhD (Business Administration) from the University of Michigan.
Professor Ichijo started as a full-time professor at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS), Hitotsubashi University in April 2007. Previously, he taught at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University. He has been a faculty member of Hitotsubashi University since 1988.
As a result of his work in executive education, as well as his research on knowledge-based competence of corporations, Professor Ichijo became the first Japanese professor at IMD, one of the world's leading business schools, in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2003. He still teaches at IMD as Adjunct Professor.
Professor Ichijo has presented academic papers at various academic conferences and is active in providing consulting and training to a number of global companies for organizational renewal. He has been involved as a consultant and an advisory board member in many corporate transformation activities initiated by leading Japanese corporations. Currently Professor Ichijo serves Shimano, Pana Home, and iSiD as an external board member.
Professor Ichijo's book, Enabling Knowledge Creation: How to Unlock the Mystery of Tacit Knowledge and Release the Power of Innovation (co-authored by Georg von Krogh and Ikujiro Nonaka and published by Oxford University Press in May 2000) has been praised for putting practical tools into the hands of managers and executives struggling to unleash the power of knowledge in their organization. It won the "Best Business Book of the Year" award in 2000 from the Association of American Publisher's Professional and Scientific Publishing division. In 2007, with Ikujiro Nonaka, Professor Ichijo edited Knowledge Creation and Management: New Challenges for Managers, published by Oxford University Press. He has also published a number of management books in Japanese.
Professor Ichijo's research interests are concentrated on innovation through organizational knowledge creation. His work on organizational knowledge creation is well known throughout the world. Particular areas of expertise are (a) the development of knowledge-based competence of a firm, especially at global firms; (b) the management of innovation; and (c) leadership and corporate transformation.