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ICHIJO, Kazuo (Kaz)
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ICHIJO, Kazuo (Kaz)


Professor, Dean, Hitotsubashi ICS


Knowledge Management (MBA), Creating Knowledge for the Future (EMBA)

Kazuo (Kaz) Ichijo received his BA and MA in the social sciences from Hitotsubashi University, and his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Professor Ichijo joined ICS as a full-time professor in April 2007, having previously taught at Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of Social Sciences. He has been a faculty member of Hitotsubashi University since 1988.

As a result of his work in executive education and of his research on knowledge-based competence of corporations, Professor Ichijo became, in 2003, the first Japanese professor at Switzerland’s IMD, one of the world’s leading business schools. He still teaches at IMD as Visiting Professor.

He offers leadership also in a number of academic institutions around the world. Currently, he is:

Vice Chair, Global Network for Advanced Management
Asia Pacific Advisory Board Member, AACSB
International Advisory Board Member, IIM Bangalore
International Advisory Board Member, Renmin University

Professor Ichijo has presented academic papers at various academic conferences and is active in providing consulting and training on organizational renewal to a number of global companies. 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, iSiD, World, and Pia 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 Professor 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 Professor 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.