Kazuhiro Asakawa, Ph.D.

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.  Kaz received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from INSEAD, France, his MBA from Harvard Business School, and his BA summa cum laude in Political Economy 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).  

Kaz 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 (has served) 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, Journal of World Business, Journal of Organization Design, Canadian Journal of Administrative Science, Cross-Cultural & Strategic Management, International Journal of Commerce and Management, Journal of Asia Business Studies, and Southeast Asian Journal of Management. 

His research appeared in the international refereed journals including Journal of Internatonal Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Research Policy, Journal of World Business, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of International Management, Human Relations, Organization Studies, California Management Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, R&D Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and Journal of Asian Business. 

Kaz 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, Kaz 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 served as a committee member of the AIB Fellows Executive of the Year in 2018.  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.

In Japan, 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.


Current Position

2014-                           Mitsubishi Chaired Professor of Management, Graduate School of Business Administration,

                                     Keio University, Yokohama, Japan. (April 1, 2014-)

2004-                           Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University. Yokohama, Japan.

                                     Professor of Multinational Organizations and Strategy (April 1, 2004-).


Previous Position (at Keio University)

1997-2004                 Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University. Yokohama, Japan.

                                  Associate Professor of Global Innovation (April 1, 1997).

1995-1997                 Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University. Yokohama, Japan.

     Assistant Professor of International Management (April 1, 1995).



1991-1996               INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.  Awarded Ph.D. in Management. June, 1996. 

    Dissertation title: "The Multinational Tension in R&D Internationalization: Strategic Linkage 
    Mechanisms of Distant Contextual Knowledge in the Japanese Multinational Companies." Also
    awarded M.Sc. in Management,  June, 1993.
1989 - 1991               Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, Boston, MA, USA.   

     Awarded MBA in General Management, with a particular focus on International Management. 

1981 - 1985               Waseda University Department of Political Economy, Tokyo, Japan. 

     BA summa cum laude in Political Science / International Relations.  March, 1985.


Honor, Award & Nomination

2015/03/02          Elected to the AIB Fellows, The Academy of International Business (AIB)

 2017/07/01          Finalist, Association of Japanese Business Studies (AJBS) Best Paper Award  2017.

2015/06/30          The Best Reviewer’s Award, the Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meetings, Bangalore,


2015/06/27          Finalist, Association of Japanese Business Studies (AJBS) Best Paper Award  2015.

2015/05/17          Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of International Management (JIM).

2014/12/11          EIBA 2014 Best Reviewer, The 40th EIBA Conference, European International Business Academy,

                            Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

2014/06/24          Academy of International Business (AIB) 2014 "Relevance for Practice" Recognition, (Co-authored with

                            Alvaro Cuervo-Cazzura),  Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meetings, Vancouver, BA,

                            Canada, 2014

2014/06/10          Journal of International Management 2013 Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing  2014

2013/07/02          Finalist, Association of Japanese Business Studies (AJBS) Best Paper Award  2013

2012/11/20          Academic Award, The Japanese Association of International Business Studies, Tokyo, Japan

2012/07/07          Academic Award, the 40th Anniversary of Association of Multinational Enterprises (AMNE), Tokyo,


2012/03/31          Best Teaching Award, Keio University Graduate School of Business Administration, Yokohama, Japan.

2004/12/01          California Management Review Best Paper Finalist for 2004

2003/07/10          AIB Best Paper Finalist, Academy of International Business, Monterrey, CA.

2002/12/07          Academic Award, The 30th Anniversary of Japan Academy of Multinational Studies, Tokyo, Japan.

Visiting Scholarship

Visiting Scholar, Northeastern University, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Boston, MA. (2014)

Visiting Scholar, MIT-Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA. (2004-2005)

Faculty Fellow, the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Japan (2005 - 2010)

Visiting Government Researcher, National Research Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP),The Ministry of Education (2011-2013)


Industry Experience

1985 - 1989         The Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd. Tokyo, Japan.

                             Long-term credit bank playing the role of corporate finance and investment banking.

Selected Scholarship

Mitsubishi Foundation Endowed Chairship; JSPS grant-in-aids; Renault Foundation grant; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation program;  RIETI Faculty Fellowship; NISTEP visiting scholarship; MEXT grant for innovative teaching; NEDO research grant; Koizumi scholarship; Sfp-endowed INSEAD doctoral fellowship; among others.


Earned High school diploma from both US (Albany, NY) and Japan (Tokyo, Japan), College degree from Japan (summa cum laude in Political Science, Waseda University Faculty of Political Economy, Tokyo, Japan), Master’s Degrees from both US (MBA, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA) and France (M.Sc. INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France), and Ph.D. Degree from France (INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France); Visiting MIT Sloan School of Management and Center of International Studies (Cambridge, MA) and Northeastern University (Boston, MA) as Visiting Scholar; Teaching and giving lectures at Yonsei (Korea), JKU Linz (Austria), Vienna (Austria), Aalto (Finland), McGill (Canada), U Rhode Island (USA), Suffolk (USA), among others. Invited talk at numerous universities in the world; Examined and supervised doctoral dissertations at Aalto University (Finland), University of Victoria (NZ), ESSEC Business School (France), University St. Gallen (Co-chair) (Switzerland), University of Otago (NZ), and examiner for Habilitation (a qualifying exam for the professorship) for WU Vienna (Austria). Faculty tenure promotion external reviewer for Cornell University (USA), Montclair State University, New Jersey (USA), Northeastern University (USA), and ESADE (Spain) and Aalto (Finland). Travel frequently to work with co-authors, to give lectures, as well as to present papers at international conferences.  Besides the academic activities, actively involved in executive education for leading international multinational corporations, in the areas of global innovation, global R&D, and global strategy.