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Professor, Hitotsubashi ICS


Strategy(MBA), Capstone Project(MBA)

Emi Osono received her BA in Commerce from Hitotsubashi University, MBA from The George Washington University, and PhD in Commerce from Hitotsubashi University. She taught in the MBA program at Waseda University’s Business School (Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies) before joining ICS at its inauguration. Previously she worked for Sumitomo Bank.

Professor Osono’s research focuses on competitive strategy, organizational capabilities in innovation and knowledge creation, and organizational capabilities to adapt and change, and she has published on the process of strategy development, competitive strategy vs. innovation, organizational creativity, organizational specificity and knowledge integration, and strategy-level innovation of Japanese companies.

Professor Osono leads the ICS-based Porter Prize award initiative, established to recognize Japanese companies that have achieved and maintained superior profitability in a particular industry by implementing unique strategies.

Her publications include Extreme Toyota: Radical Contradictions that Drive Success at the World’s Best Manufacturer (with N. Shimizu and H. Takeuchi, 2008); The Contradictions that Drive Toyota’s Success (with H. Takeuchi and N Shimizu, Embedded Innovation (with H. Yachi, M. Kodama, and I. Nonaka, 2006, in Japanese). Professor Osono has written many cases on competitive strategy and innovation and conducts executive education in these fields.

She serves Tokyo Marine Holdings as a board member, Citigroup Japan Holdings G.K. as an advisory board member and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group as a global advisory board member.