February 23, 2017

Workshop on Innovation in Digital Industries 2017.2.23

■ Workshop on Innovation in Digital Industries

Date: February 23, 2017
Venue: Sano-shoin Hall, Hitotsubashi University

Innovation in digital industries now figures prominently in determining aggregate economic outcomes in the economy. Digital goods are pervasive and range from computer software to music, film and games, engineering blueprints, and even DNA sequences. There have been important discussions about whether new digital technological advances contribute to growth in productivity.
Less attention, however, has been paid to understand the industry’s boundaries, the accompanying organizational changes necessary to reap advances in the new digital technologies as well as the conditions for firms and countries to be successful entrants. The workshop aims at a discussion of these important issues.

10:30-11:45 Pre-research Meeting by presenters and IIR faculty members
11:45-12:45 Registration and Lunch

12:45-13:00 Opening Remarks
13:00-13:45 Session I
Steven Casper (Keck Graduate Institute), Marcela Miozzo (University of Manchester),
Cornelia Storz (University of Frankfurt)
“Conditions for successful entry in new digital industries: The role of generic complementary assets in the case of the online games industry.”

13:45-14:30 Session II
Yaichi Aoshima (Hitotsubashi University, IIR)
“How does digital technology affect the boundary of product?: Rise and fall of the digital still camera industry.”

14:45-15:30 Session III
Fumihiko Ikuine (Tsukuba University)
“Innovation pattern of digital industry: An evolutionary process of the Home video game in Japan.”

15:30-16:15 Session IV
Byeongwoo Kang (Hitotsubashi University, IIR), Heikki Rannikko (Aalto University School of Science), Erno T. Tornikoski (Grenoble Ecole de Management)
“How a laid-off employee becomes an entrepreneur: The case of Nokia's Bridge program.”

16:30-17:15 Session V
Vili Lehdonvirta (University of Oxford)
“Platforms as institutional frameworks for cross-border trade: The case of Online Labour Markets.”

17:15-18:00 Session VI
Michael Cusumano (MIT Sloan School, Tokyo University of Science)
“Platform Company Research – Some Data and Questions.”

Closing Remarks
The workshop was sponsored by Innovation Management Policy Program.

February 21, 2017

Professor Emeritus Toshihiro Nishiguchi Receives the Shoko Research Institute’s Annual Award for Outstanding Studies on Small Business

Toshihiro Nishiguchi, Professor Emeritus of Hitotsubashi University, has received the Shoko Research Institute’s (SRI) prestigious Annual Award for Outstanding Studies on Small Business. This award is offered to a selection of outstanding books and journal articles that achieve excellence in small-business research.

Professor Nishiguchi’s new book, titled Community Capital: The Prosperity and Limits of China’s Wenzhou Entrepreneurial Networks (in Japanese, Yuhikaku, 2016, 458 pp., coauthored with Professor Motoko Tsujita), has won the Main (as opposed to Next-rank) Prize of the SRI’s Award.

A product of twelve years of research, hundreds of field visits, and more than seven hundred interviews with Wenzhou and other Chinese entrepreneurs in nineteen countries, including China, Japan, Europe, and the United States, this book brings original insight to the institutional and economic development of a community-based entrepreneurial system that has enabled Wenzhou firms to outperform their competitors in key markets of daily goods worldwide.

Based on the principles of imprinted commensurate trust and quasi-ties among them, their distinctive system, analyzed closely in terms of their exclusionary community capital, drives them toward continuous advantage in starting up and growing small, private firms, building their own networks of suppliers and distributors, offering financing, and establishing reliable business norms.

Community Capital reveals the compelling logic behind these relationships, to present a new socioeconomic account for economic organization that has profound implications for future performance of all industrial societies.

This landmark work urges a fundamental rethinking of much received wisdom concerning Chinese competitiveness and is essential reading for serious academics and managers concerned with competing industrial systems.

February 2, 2017

Forum 2017.2.16 Charles J. McMillan

Innovation Forum 2017.2.16 Charles J. McMillan

“The Planning Strategy of Strategic Planning:
Orientation, Time Constraints, Decisions, Action: Case Studies from Military, Business, and Political Theory”

Charles J. McMillan
(Professor, Schulich School of Business, York University)

February 16th (Thursday)  2017
from 13:30 ~ 15:00

 709 room of the 7th floor of the Faculty Building 2

Business journals, business school scholars, and strategic management societies focus on a range of themes, frameworks, and endogenous organizational factors that shape and influence firm strategies. From resource-based theories, dynamic capabilities, entrepreneurial  vision, the research literature is diverse, fractionated, and often devoid of realism of strategy in action, with clever tools of networks, deep learning, time management based on timing, surprise, deception, and deep collaboration. This presentation draws ideas and concepts from military theories, corporate case studies, and political theory.

 Kentaro Nobeoka