The below information is as of March 31, 2008. It may differ from the current information.



Faculty Fellow (until March 31, 2008)

Professor, Reseach Institute for Economics & Business Administration of Kobe University

Activities at RIETI


Strategy and Organization Management
Management of Technology

Research Projects


1993 Ph.D., Business Administration, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
1988 M.B.A., Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
1981 B.S., Engineering, Osaka University


1999-present Professor, Kobe University
1994-1998 Associate Professor, Kobe University
1981-1989 Product Planner, Mazda Motor Corporation

Selected Publications and Papers

Books in Japanese
Management of Technology (Text Book), Nihonkeizai-shinbunsha, 2006.
Knowledge about Product Development, Nihonkeizai-shinbunsha, 2002.
Multi-Project Strategy: Post-Lean Product Development Management, Yuhikaku, 1996.

Books in English
Thinking Beyond Lean: How Multi-Project Management is Transforming Product Development at Toyota and Other Companies, with Michael Cusumano, Free Press/Simon & Schuster, September 1998 (translated into French, Korean, and Chinese).

Papers Published in Refereed Journals
"The Influence of Customer Scope on Supplier Learning and Performance in the Japanese Automobile Industry," with J. Dyer and A. Madhok, Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2002.
"Creating and Managing High Performance Knowledge-Sharing Network: The Toyota Case," with J. Dyer, Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 21, No. 3, 2000.


The Nikkei Prize of Economics Books, 1997
Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Meeting, 1995
Zenon S. and Clotilde Zannetos Ph.D. Thesis Honorable Mention Award, 1994