Asakawa, Kazuhiro

J-GLOBAL         Last updated: May 29, 2019 at 04:26
Asakawa, Kazuhiro
Keio University
Graduate School of Business Administration
Job title
MBA(Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration), M.Sc.(INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France)), Ph.D. (in Management)(INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France))


Kazuhiro Asakawa is Mitsubishi Chaired Professor of Management at Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University, Japan, where he teaches international management and global innovation.  He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from INSEAD, France, his MBA from Harvard Business School, and his BA summa cum laude in Political Science from Waseda University, Japan.  His research interest lies in the areas of global innovation and global R&D management of multinational corporations, cross-border knowledge sourcing and leveraging, subsidiary evolution, and autonomy-control dynamics. He is best known for his work on global R&D management of Japanese MNCs. He was elected to the AIB Fellows in 2015 by the Academy of International Business (AIB).   He has served as an Associate Editor of Global Strategy Journal and a Senior Editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Management.  He is an Advisory Editor of Research Policy and serves on the editorial (review) boards of numerous academic journals, including Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Management, Academy of Management Perspectives, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Canadian Journal of Administrative Science, Cross-Cultural Management, and International Journal of Commerce and Management.  He taught at many international business schools including Yonsei, JKU Linz, WU Doctoral Workshop, ESSEC, and McGill as a visiting faculty, and was a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan School of Management and Northeastern University. He has supervised and examined PhD candidates in many countries, and has reviewed faculty tenure promotion decisions in the US, Europe, and Asia. For AIB, he was a Track Chair for the AIB 2016 Program; he served as a Track Chair in 2011 and a Teaching Track Chair in 2005, and he currently chairs the AIB Japan Chapter.  He served as the Chair of the Temple AIB Best Paper Award Selection Committee in 2014.  He also served as a Program Chair/Board Member for the Asia Academy of Management.  He is a founding member of Industry Studies Association (ISA) in the US and was a representative-at-large for SMS Global Strategy Interest Group. Currently he is President of Japan Academy of Multinational Enterprises (AMNE) and a Board Member of the Japan Academy of International Business Studies (JAIBS).  He also serves as an Executive Board Member of the Academic Association of Organizational Science (AAOS) in charge of international relations. As an internationally-trained IB scholar currently based in Japan, he is committed to bridging the gaps between the Japanese and international academic communities.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 1985
Jun 1990
The Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd.
Apr 1995
Mar 1996
Assistant Professor, Keio Business School (Exec Ed Division)
Apr 1995
Mar 1996
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University
Apr 1996
Mar 1997
Assistant professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, keio University
Apr 1996
Mar 1997
Assistant Professor, Keio Business School (Exec Ed Division)


Mar 1985
Political Science, Faculty of Political Economy, BA summa cum laude, 1985, Waseda University
Jun 1991
Management, Graduate School of Business Administration (MBA), Harvard University
Jun 1993
Management Science, Graduate School of Business Administration (M.Sc.), INSEAD
Jun 1996
Management, Graduate School of Business Administration (Ph.D.), INSEAD

Committee Memberships

Oct 2009
Dec 2014
Global Strategy Journal  Associate Editor
Jun 2014
Research Policy  Advisory Editor
Dec 2011
Dec 2015
Academy of Management Perspectives  Editorial Board Member
Jul 2010
Journal of International Business Studies  Editorial Review Board Member
Aug 2009
Apr 2010
Asia Pacific Journal of Management  Senior Editor

Awards & Honors

Mar 2015
AIB Fellow, The Academy of International Business (AIB), Academy of International Business (AIB)
Jun 2017
Finalist, Association of Japanese Business Studies (AJBS) Best Paper Award 2017., AJBS
Jun 2015
The Best Reviewer’s Award, the Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meetings, Bangalore, 2015., Academy of International Business (AIB)
Jun 2015
Finalist, Association of Japanese Business Studies (AJBS) Best Paper Award 2015., AJBS
May 2015
Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of International Management (JIM), Journal of International Management

Published Papers

“Internal embeddedness, geographic distance, and global knowledge sourcing by overseas subsidiaries.” online first,, print ISSN 0047-2506, online ISSN 1478-6990.
ASAKAWA KAZUHIRO, Pak, J., Song, J., and Kim, S.
Journal of International Business Studies      Oct 2017   [Refereed]
"Informed HQ, legitimized subsidiaries, and Reduced level of subsidiary control in international R&D management"
Research in Global Strategic Management   17(1) 191-213   Jul 2016   [Refereed]
“Gestionar centros mundiales de innovacion” (Managing hubs for global innovation),
Harvard Deusto Business Review,   248(1) 12-24   Mar 2015   [Refereed]
“Types of R&D collaborations and process innovation: The benefit of collaborating upstream in the knowledge chain.”
Journal of Product Innovation Management   32(1) 138-153   Mar 2015   [Refereed]
Research on local-for-global innovation in multinational corporations: Exploring opportunities and challenges.
Journal of International Business (Kokusai Business Kenkyu),   43(1) 1-10   Dec 2014

Books etc

Studying International Management by Cases (Yuhikaku) (In Japanese)
ASAKAWA KAZUHIRO Yoshihara, Shiraki, Shintaku, and Asakawa (Eds.) (Part:Joint Work)
Yuhikaku   Dec 2013   
Global R&D Management, (Keio University Press).
Keio University Press   Oct 2011   ISBN:978-4-7664-1872-9
Introduction to Global Management (Nikkei Publishing Co.)
東京:日本経済新聞社 (Nikkei Publishing Co.)   Nov 2003   
learning Strategic Management through Managers' Remarks (Nikkei Publishing Co.)
ASAKAWA KAZUHIRO (Part:Joint Work, 169-178)
Nikkei Publishing Co.   Sep 2013   
Management Studies for the Future
Nikkei Publishing Co.   Jun 2010   

Conference Activities & Talks

“The Cost Side of Open Innovation: An Empirical Test of Japanese Firms” with N. Sawada and H. Nakamura, Strategic Management Society Annual Meetings, Houston, TX, October, 2017.
ASAKAWA KAZUHIRO Sawada, N., Nakamura, h.
Strategic Management Society   29 Oct 2017   
“Open Innovation in Emerging Markets” with N. Sawada and H. Nakamura, Strategic Management Society Annual Meetings, Houston, TX, October, 2017.
ASAKAWA KAZUHIRO Sawada, N., Nakamura, H.
Strategic Management Society   29 Oct 2017   
“Shifting Japan’s Innovation from Domestic/Closed to International/Open: Flat Panel Display (FPD) Industry in East Asia” Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meetings, Atlanta, GA, August, 2017.
Academy of Management   6 Aug 2017   
“Strategies of U.S. and Japanese Defense Contractors,” with Tanya Peacock and Kiyohiko Ito, Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meetings, Atlanta, GA, August, 2017
Academy of Management   4 Aug 2017   
“Determinants of the Adoption Timing of ISO 9000 and ISO 14000: The Japanese Context,” with Kiyohiko Ito, Academy of International Business Annual Meetings, Dubai, June, 2017.
Academy of International Business   28 Jun 2017   


浅川和宏   The Others   Jun 2014 - Today
Kazuhiro Asakawa   The Others   Apr 2014 - Today
Japan MNE Insights, Vol.1, Issue 1, April, 2014 (Posted on the homepage of JMNE (
ASAKAWA KAZUHIRO   The Others   Jan 2013 - Jan 2013
企業の国際競争力を支える海外現地知識の獲得・活用戦略『世界経済評論』2012, 56(5) 9/10月号: 38-41.
ASAKAWA KAZUHIRO   The Others   Sep 2012 - Today
ASAKAWA KAZUHIRO   The Others   Sep 2012 - Today

Research Grants & Projects

MEXT,JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): 浅川 和宏

Social Contribution

Academic Member, Business Standardization COmmittee, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan
[]  Dec 2012 - Mar 2013
Visiting Scholar, NISTEP, Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology
[]  Jul 2011 - Mar 2013
Global Searvice Industry Promotion Forum, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), Japan
[]  Jun 2009 - Mar 2010
Academic Member, Global Service Committee, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), Japan
[]  Sep 2008 - Mar 2009
Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Program, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, USA
[]  Sep 2005 - Sep 2010