Research Interest

Current Projects:

Clusters and complex networks in large-scale industrial districts
Creative friction and co-evolution of social networks in the high-end audio equipment industry
Culture and creative industries
CSR and creating shared value in the fashion and clothing
Diffusion of non-financial reporting practices
Network analytical model of a production chain market and the global value-chain

Social innovation, entrepreneurship and commercial success

Other Interests:

Business ecosystems and competitiveness from social network
Complex systems
East Asian business networks and economies
Financial markets and innovation
Global competition and collaboration in high-tech manufacturing industries
Institutionalization of industries and evolution of networks
Interfirm networks and diffusion of innovations
Intrafirm networks and communication
Japanese management and globalization
Network analysis and methodology
Networks, communication and knowledge diffusion within and across firms
Organization theory and corporate strategy
Phenomenology, symbolic interactionism, and discourse analysis
Social entrepreneurship or ventures

Other Academic Activities
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Invited editor, special issue on gTheoretical Developments and Issues in Strategy and Organization Theory,h Organizational Science (Soshiki Kagaku). 2013-14

Invited seminar presentation, gDynamics of Social Networks and Organizations and Strategyh (in Japanese), regular meeting session, Annual Meeting of Academic Association of Organizational Science. Tokyo, Japan, April 23, 2014.

Executive board member, and memper of the Planning and International Affairs Committee, Academic Association of Organizational Science (Soshiki Gakkai), 2013-present

Seminar presentation, gThe Core of Global Management: Mindset, Skills and Rulesh (in Japanese), Nikkei Biz Academy, Global Management, Tokyo, Japan, Sept 23, 2013.

Panel discussant (in English), gTowards the Development of Asian Business by University Alliance,h Symposium entiteled gAsian Business and Human Resource Development.h Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan, March 6, 2011.

Invited Key Note presentation (in English) entitled gThe Japanese Management in the Age of Globabilityh at The 5th International Conference on Business and Management Research, co-sponsored by Department of Management, University of Indonesia and ABEST21, Jakarta, Indonesia, August 4, 2010

Seminar presentations on Japanese Management (in English), Aoyama Business School, Tokyo for MBA Japan Tour, Cheng-Mai University, Thailand in March 2007; Global MBA Japan Tour, Seoul National University, South Korea in March 2008; and Executive MBA/MBA Japan Tour, Moscow State University, Russia in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

Seminar Presentation (in English) with Douglas White at Human Sciences and Complexity, University of California Four-Campus Video Conference Series, entitled "Networks-Affect-Pricing Theory in Modern Production Industry: Three Network Studies of the Giant Industrial District of Tokyo," University of California, Four Campuses (Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego), April 21, 2006

Seminar Presentation (in English) at Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness (ITEC), Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, gIs Industrial District a Small-World?h June 14, 2004

Seminar Presentation (in Japanese) at Organizational Studies and Strategy Seminar Series, Graduate School for Economics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, June 2, 2004

Presentation at Noon Lecture Series (in English), Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. gA Problem of the Japanese Economy: Social Network Analysis of Complex Networks in a Large-Scale Industrial District.h Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 2003

Seminar Presentation (in Japanese) at Kanto Section, Business History Society Japan (Nihon Keieishi Gakkai), gSocial Networks and Industries in Ohtafs Industrial Structure.h Tokyo, May 2000


Academmic, Business & Social Activities

Consulting for banks, general trading firms, and IT firms in areas of corporate strategy, global management, social network analysis, and communication

Organizer/moderator: An invited talk by David Stark from Columbia University entitled gUnderstanding Innovation: Dissonance for Discovery, Marunouchi, Tokyo, July 15, 2014

Lecture presentations to MBAs on August 1, 2014 and EMBAs on October 31, 2014 from Moscow State University, Russia held at Aoyama Business School entitled Globalization and the Japanese Management: Changes and Challenges (offered twice a year since 2007)

Ph.D. student adjudication external referee for American universities

Ph.D. student adjudication external referee for universities in India

Referee, Professional Evaluation Group for business school program accreditation appointed by ABEST21, the Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow, a 21st Century Organization, 2008-2012

Tenure promotion referee for American universities

Journal Referee for: American Sociological Review, 2003-; Organization Science, 2009-; American Journal of Sociology, 2009-; Sociological Theory and Method, 2012-; and Organizational Science(Soshiki Kagaku) 2012-present

Co-organizer, Frontier Workshop, Aoyama Business School, Tokyo. 2007-2009

Participant, International Symposium on MBA Education and Business Schools, Tsukuba University, Tokyo. January 28 & March 4, 2006

Participant, Researching Social Class in Japan Conference. International Institute, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan. March 19-20, 2004

Moderator, Japan Panel, 14th Asian Business Conference. University of Michigan Business School, Ann Arbor, Michigan. February 6-7, 2004

Participant, International Business and Corporate Strategy Seminar. University of Michigan Business School, Ann Arbor, Michigan. July 2003-August 2004

Participant, 56th Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan. May-July 2003

Paper Reviewer, Annual Meetings of Academy of Management Annual Meetings and Asia Academy of Management

Participant, Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies Seminar. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan. 2002-2004

Participant, Princeton Economic Sociology Conference, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. October 2001

Participant, Japanese Business and Economy Seminar Series, Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School, New York, New York. 1996-2002

Participant, Networks and Governance Seminar, Center for Social Sciences, Columbia University, New York, New York. 1996-2002

Fellowships and Grants

Research Grant, The Japan Securities Scholarship Foundation, October 2014-September 2015 Japan . gAn approach to the non-financial reporting practice: an empirical study of the Japanese fashion and clothing industryh

Research Grant Type-C, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Kagaku Kenkyuhi Kibankenkyu C), Japan. April 2013-2015: gNetwork dynamics of diversity and innovationh

Research Grant Type-C, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Kagaku Kenkyuhi Kibankenkyu C), Japan. April 2010-March 2012 gInteractions of social networks and organizational innovationh

Research Grant Type-C, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Kagaku Kenkyuhi Kibankenkyu C), Japan. April 2006-March 2009

Securities Research Grant, Ishii Memorial Securities Research Promotion Foundation, Tokyo, Japan. September 2005-March 2007

Omron Fellow Research Fellowship, ITEC, Doshisha University-Kyoto, Japan 2004-2005

Dissertation Fellowship, Columbia University, 2000-2001

Visiting Research Scholar, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, April 1999-March 2000