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NAWA, Takashi


Adjunct Professor, Hitotsubashi ICS


Corporate Governance/ Corporate Entrepreneurship/ Global Business
NAWA, Takashi

Takashi Nawa received his MBA from Harvard Business School (as a Baker Scholar), and Bachelor of Arts in Law and Political Science from the University of Tokyo.

Professor Nawa worked at McKinsey & Company for two decades, including two years in the Republic of Korea where he served as one of the founding members of the Seoul office. More recently, as a Director of the firm, he serviced the manufacturing sector as Practice Leader for the Asia-Pacific Region, and the telecom, media, and high-tech sectors as Practice Leader of the Japan office. Prior to joining McKinsey, Professor Nawa worked at Mitsubishi Corporation for 11 years, including four years in New York. At Mitsubishi, he serviced industrial plants and infrastructure sectors in global markets.

Professor Nawa currently serves Fast Retailing, Denso, Ajinomoto and NEC Capital Solutions as a board director, and is an advisor and consultant to a number of global companies. He is also the founder and CEO of Genesys Partners, Inc., Japan, a boutique change agent specializing in fundamental transformation and global growth, and the founder and Chairman of Next Smart Lean Co., Ltd., a big data and analytics venture specializing in procurement and marketing for the retail industry.

Professor Nawa has published several books. His recent publication, Familiarity Advantage, introduces a new growth strategy called the “Smart-Lean" model, and a dynamic organization model called the “Möbius" cycle. He also co-authored Evolution of Strategy and High Performing Manufacturers Sell Services with colleagues in McKinsey. His earlier publication, New Frontiers at Harvard Business School, is considered a tutorial book for MBA candidates. Professor Nawa has also authored 15 articles for McKinsey Quarterly, five for Diamond Harvard Business Review, and three for Nikkei Business on various topics, including IPR (Industry Process Restructuring), VCRAFT (Value Creation by Applying Financial Technology), and emerging business and alliance models.

Professor Nawa is currently conducting research and case studies in the field of emerging business models in Asia and regional collaboration across Asia. He is also organizing the CSV Forum in Japan, where representatives of nearly 30 major Japanese companies are involved in developing a next-generation CSV model from Japan to global markets.