Yoshioka-Kobayashi Tohru

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Yoshioka-Kobayashi Tohru
Hitotsubashi University
Institute of Innovation Research
Job title
Assistant Professor
Ph.D(The University of Tokyo)


Dr. Tohru Yoshioka-Kobayashi conducts empirical studies in intellectual property management and intellectual property right(IPR) system policy, linking management study, technology management study and legal study. His primary research topics are; technology innovation, industrial design management and IPR issues concerning university-industry linkage.

Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2019
Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University
Apr 2017
Mar 2019
Part-time Lecturer, Institute for Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University
Oct 2016
Mar 2019
Project Research Associate, Department of Technology Management for Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
May 2017
Visiting Researcher, National Institute for Science and Technology Policy
Oct 2015
Sep 2016
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University


Oct 2012
Sep 2015
Department of Technology Management for Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Apr 2005
Mar 2007
Graduate School of Law, Osaka University
Apr 2001
Mar 2005
Faculty of Law, Osaka University

Published Papers

Institutional factors for academic entrepreneurship in publicly-owned universities: The case of a transition from a conservative anti-industry university collaboration culture to a leading entrepreneurial university
Yoshioka-Kobayashi Tohru
Science, Technology and Society      2019   [Refereed][Invited]
In press
Industrial Design Management within Technological Change: The Case of Digital Camera
Akiike Atsushi, Yoshioka-Kobayashi Tohru
Akamon Management Review   17(4)    Aug 2018   [Refereed]
An empirical analysis on the effect of university-industry collaboration, design development, and quality control certification on firm performance: A study of food manufacturing industry
Miyanoshita Tomofumi, Yoshioka-Kobayashi Tohru, Kanama Daisuke
Journal of Intellectual Property Association of Japan   15(1) 18-27   Jun 2018   [Invited]
Yoshioka-Kobayashi Tohru, Fujimoto Tsuyoshi, Akiike Atsushi
World Patent Information   53 14-23   Apr 2018   [Refereed]
This paper examines the validity of industrial design registrations and design patents as measurements of design innovations. Industrial design rights are potentially a good data source to analyze product design development activity; however, it i...
An outbound-inbound technology innovation: A preliminary empirical study of the effects of knowledge spillovers on originating firms
Yoshioka-Kobayashi Tohru
Journal of Intellectual Property Association of Japan   14(1) 25-42   Nov 2017   [Invited]
This paper empirically examines a technological benefits and its conditions of technological learning-by-exposure, i.e. technological returns to originating firms, whose technologies once spilled over. Especially, we compare technological outbound...


How does the innovation emerge in the regional context: A case study on the application of fine-bubble technology into the farming and aquaculture industry
Yoshioka-Kobayashi Tohru, Kimura Megumi, Eto Manabu
一橋大学イノベーション研究センター IIRケーススタディ   CASE#17-03    May 2017
Yasushi Hara, Tohru Yoshioka-Kobayashi, Yusuke Ashizawa
Hitotsubashi University IIR Working Paper Series   WP#17-05    Apr 2017
Although product designs consist an important part of innovations, we have long left uninvestigated them due to the limitation of available measurements other than consumer surveys or peer evaluations, which are costly and sometimes inconsistent d...
Junjiro Shintaku, Toshi Futamata, Tohru Yoshioka-Kobayashi, Jing-ming Shiu, Akiko Segawa
Akamon Management Review   16(1)    Feb 2017
Case: Nokia -- A history of constant business transition and withdrawal from mobile handset business
Tohru Yoshioka-Kobayashi
Teaching materials in English on management strategy exploiting IP: Transformation of Business Portfolio and IP Management      2017   [Invited]
Case: History of the Silver-Halide Photographic Film Business, and Its Great Transformation through Digitization: Paths of Kodak and Fujifilm
Tohru Yoshioka-Kobayashi, Masahiro Asami
Teaching materials in English on management strategy exploiting IP: Transformation of Business Portfolio and IP Management      2017   [Invited]

Books etc

Understanding Innovation: Integrating view with economics and marketing studies
Kanama, D., Yamauchi, I., Yoshioka-Kobayashi, T. (Part:Joint Work, Part 3)
Chuo Keizai   Apr 2019   

Conference Activities & Talks

Education, Incubation, and Investment: Institutional Factors of Academic Entrepreneurship -- From a Case Study on The University of Tokyo
Yoshioka-Kobayashi Tohru
University-Industry Collaborations and Academic Entrepreneurship: East meets West   5 Jun 2017   
Should industrial designers collaborate with engineers? Pros and cons of the cross-functional team [Invited]
Yoshioka-Kobayashi Tohru
A Regular Meeting of Manufacturing Management Research Consortium   20 May 2017   
Academic risk management: Tensions between research enhancement and risk reduction in open and data driven science era
Yoshioka-Kobayashi Tohru
第1回科学技術イノベーション政策のための科学 オープンフォーラム   25 Jan 2017   
Technology absorption through research consortia and the myth of horizontal cooperation in national research project
Tohru Yoshioka-Kobayashi, Toshiya Watanabe
Asia Pacific Innovation Network, The 7th Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference   8 Nov 2016   
An alternative human resource for technology innovation: Do industrial designers create superior invention?
Tohru Yoshioka-Kobayashi, Toshiya Watanabe
Aalto University, Open Seminar, Factors impacting the diffusion of disruptive digital ecosystems   16 Aug 2016   

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Research Fellows
Project Year: Apr 2014 - Mar 2016    Investigator(s): Yoshioka-Kobayashi Tohru