Kazuo Ichijo

Kazuo Ichijo

Kazuo Ichijo is Professor of Innovation and leadership at IMD. From 2003 to 2009, he was the first Japanese full-time member of IMD faculty, and from April 1, 2022, he came back again as the full-time member of MD's faculty. His return to IMD will extend IMD's international reach, growing its ties with Japan's business community, and it will help drive the development of its future leaders.

Before coming back to IMD, Professor Ichijo was Dean and Professor at Hitotsubashi University Business School, School of International Corporate Strategy.

Professor Ichijo’s research interests focus on innovation through the process of organizational knowledge creation. His areas of expertise are the development of knowledge-based competence of a firm, the management of innovation and corporate transformation. He has been seen as the one of the authorities in this new field of management.

Professor Ichijo has published a number of papers in these research areas. He has also received a wide range of academic recognition. 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 2000 from the Association of American Publisher's Professional and Scientific Publishing division.

Professor Ichijo has been involved in many corporate transformation activities initiated by leading companies as a consultant and an outside board member.

Professor Ichijo is the holder of a BA (social sciences) and MS (social sciences) from Hitotsubashi University and PhD (business administration) from the University of Michigan.

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