July 31, 2018

Director’s Message

The Hitotsubashi University Institute of Innovation Research was established in 1997 as the first organization in Japan to research innovation from the viewpoint of the social sciences. Since then, innovation has grown steadily in importance. Whether it is declining birthrates and ageing populations, energy and environmental problems, weakening international competitiveness, or problems such as the rising cost of social safety nets or the widening gap between rich and poor, our societies are facing multiple challenges. Finding fundamental solutions to these problems seems beyond our grasp if we merely continue with our traditional approach. Contemporary society demands innovation from a variety of perspectives, including technologies, organizations, institutional systems, and social systems.

Innovation is not merely technical innovations. Groundbreaking ideas are acknowledged as innovations only after they have been realized in a form such as products, services, organizations, or systems and accepted by society. Consequently, the process that generates innovations is quite a social process that involves many people.

Our principal research objective is elucidating this process – that is, answering the question, “Why, and in what manner, does innovation occur?”. Many innovations that are breakthroughs, however, including those that cause a rupture from the past, are unique phenomena that occur under considerable uncertainty, and cannot always be explained appropriately through the traditional academic approach. Explaining innovation phenomenon therefore demands the creation of new academic fields. In other words, through the process of pursuing the innovation phenomenon we must produce innovations in our own academic systems. This is the endeavor we will continue in the future.

Just as innovation takes place when individuals can communicate and exchange information openly, development of innovation research requires an open environment as well. To clarify the phenomenon of innovation, researchers around the world must interact vigorously, mobilizing their intellectual capabilities. The Hitotsubashi University Institute of Innovation Research will itself foster such an open, creative venue by becoming the hub for global innovation research in Japan.

Moreover, here at the institute we seek not merely to publish study results – we also want to invigorate innovation by actively applying research results in the locations where innovation is taking place. Therefore, we wish to not only be a hub for innovation research but to also develop as a center where business men and women and researchers can meet and engage in creative interaction and collaboration.

Innovation does not occur when one person acts alone. It requires the meeting of diverse individuals. Whether you are a researcher or someone working in business, we hope you will visit The Institute of Innovation Research, either in person or through this website, as a venue for meeting and discovery.



July 20, 2018

Awards

■July 4, 2018
Byeongwoo, KANG, Assistant Professor, received Young Scholars Award 2018 from the International Schumpeter Society



■June 28, 2018
Ryo TANIGUCHI, Adjunct Research Associate, received the 34th Annual Takamiya Award for Best Paper from the Academic Association for Organizational Science


■December 4, 2017
Professor Emeritus Toshihiro Nishiguchi Receives the Tadao Kiyonari’s JASVE Award, in addition to the Shoko Research Institute’s Annual Award for Outstanding Studies on Small Business




■Nobember 1, 2017
Professor Yaichi Aoshima received Japan Society for Research Policy and Innovation Management Award



■June 21, 2017
Professor Hiroshi SHIMIZU received the 33rd Annual Takamiya Award for Best Book from the Academic Association for Organizational Science


■February 21, 2017
Professor Emeritus Toshihiro Nishiguchi Receives the Shoko Research Institute’s Annual Award for Outstanding Studies on Small Business


July 4, 2018

Byeongwoo, KANG, Assistant Professor, received Young Scholars Award 2018 from the International Schumpeter Society


Byeongwoo, KANG, Assistant Professor, received Young Scholars Award 2018 from the International Schumpeter Society



Organization: 
The International Schumpeter Society

Award: 

Young Scholars Award 2018

Article Title:
How Does Innovation Occur in India? Evidence from the JIRICO Survey

Abstract: 

This paper reports the results of the JIRICO survey to shed light on the drivers and obstacles to innovation in India, and how the intellectual property rights system, particularly patents, play a role in the larger innovation ecosystem of the country. Findings are on three issues: (1) Motivation of Innovation activity, (2) innovation activities in India, (3) Challenges for innovation activity, (4) Protection strategy of innovation activity, and (5) commercialization strategy of innovation activity in this paper will provide insights to other emerging countries that pursue endogenous innovation.


Website for the International Schumpeter Society

Forum 2018.7.11 Wen Pan Fagerlin

Innovation Forum 2018.7.11 Wen Pan Fagerlin

Topic:
“Participation, Facilitation and Empowerment - A Study of Top Managers’ Involvement in Control Practices of Innovation Processes,

Speaker:
Wen Pan Fagerlin
(Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Visiting Researcher at Hitotsubashi University)

Date:
July 11th (Wednesday)  2018
from 11:00 to 12:15

Place:
AV Conference room (Room#215) of the second floor of the IIR building 

Organizer:
 Masaru Karube