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The Dean Kazuo Ichijo

Kazuo Ichijo is Dean and Professor of the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS) at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. Professor Ichijo was inaugurated as Dean in April 2014, having joined Hitotsubashi ICS as a full time faculty member in 2007. He teaches Knowledge Management, Change Management, and Leadership in the MBA and executive programs.

Professor Ichijo joined Hitotsubashi University's Faculty of Social Sciences in 1988. He worked there, and at the university's Graduate School of Social Sciences, as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor, for 19 years before joining Hitotsubashi ICS in 2007.

Professor Ichijo is the holder of a BA (Social Sciences) and MS (Social Sciences) from Hitotsubashi University and a PhD (Business Administration) from the University of Michigan.

His research interests focus on innovation through organizational knowledge creation, with expertise in the development of knowledge-based competence of a firm, the management of innovation, and corporate transformation. Indeed, Professor Ichijo is widely regarded as a leading scholar in the field of knowledge creation and management.

Professor Ichijo has published a number of papers in these areas. His book, Enabling Knowledge Creation: How to Unlock the Mystery of Tacit Knowledge and Release the Power of Innovation, 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, Professor Ichijo, with Ikujiro Nonaka, edited Knowledge Creation and Management: New Challenges for Managers, published by Oxford University Press.

In addition to the success of his books, Professor Ichijo enjoys wide-ranging academic recognition. The paper he presented at the annual conference of the Strategic Management Society held in Barcelona in October 1997 was selected as one of the best papers presented at the conference. Professor Ichijo's book Management by Values (in Japanese) received a 'Best Book' award in 1998 from the Japan Management Association.

Professor Ichijo has been a consultant in many corporate transformation activities initiated by leading global companies, and has provided consulting and leadership development training to such companies. A particular area of expertise is helping global leaders transform their companies at the same time as developing their global leadership. As a result of his success in this field, Professor Ichijo became in 2003 the first Japanese to be appointed a professor at Switzerland's IMD, one of the world's leading business schools.

Professor Ichijo has been actively involved in the corporate world as a board member. Currently he serves as an outside board member to five leading Japanese companies, including Shimano, Pana Home and iSiD.