Professor Kazuo Ichijo

Professor Kazuo Ichijo

Management of Innovation, Leadership and Corporate Transformation

Kazuo Ichijo joined Hitotsubashi ICS as a full-time professor from 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.

Due to his work in executive education, as well as his research on knowledge-based competence of a corporation, he also became the first Japanese professor at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, a world leading business school.

Professor Ichijo has been invited to various academic conferences to present academic papers, and has been actively providing consulting and training on organisational renewal to a number of global companies. He has also been involved in many corporate transformation activities initiated by leading Japanese corporations as a consultant and an advisory board member. Professor Ichijo serves the following companies as either a board member or auditor: Shimano, Bandai Namco Holdings, Calbee, and iSiD.

Professor Kazuo 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’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 as a much-anticipated volume that puts practical tools into the hands of managers and executives who are struggling to unleash the power of knowledge in their organisations. It won the “Best Business Book of the Year” award for 2000 from the Association of American Publisher’s Professional and Scientific Publishing division. In 2007, along with Ikujiro Nonaka, Professor Ichijo edited Knowledge Creation and Management: New Challenges for Managers, published by Oxford University Press.

Professor Ichijo’s research interests are concentrated on innovation through organisational knowledge creation. His work on organisational knowledge creation is well known throughout the world. His areas of expertise are; the development of knowledge-based competence of a firm, the management of innovation, and leadership and corporate transformation.