Pierre-Yves Donzé

Professor of Business History, Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University, Japan

Visiting professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, since 2017.

Member of the councils of the European Business History Association (EBHA) (since 2016) and the Business History Society of Japan (since 2017).

Research interests:

Global business history, global history of industries
History of the watch industry, luxury business and fashion.
Business history of medicine and medical technology.

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Last publications (2017 and 2018):



With Ben Wubs, “LVMH: Storytelling and organizing creativity in luxury and fashion”, in
Regina Lee Blaszczyk and Véronique Pouillard (eds.), European Fashion: The Creationof a Global Industry, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018, pp. 63-85.

“Fashion Prediction and the Transformation of the Japanese Textile Industry: the role of Kentaro Kawasaki (1950-1990)”, in Regina Lee Blaszczyk and Ben Wubs (eds.), The Fashion Forecasters: A Hidden Historyof Color and Trend Prediction, London: Bloomsbury, 2018, pp. 149-165.

"The Swiss Watch Industry", Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Business and Management, 2018.

With Ken Ishibashi, Bo Wu, Yuta Kaneko, Kei Miyazaki and Keiji Takai, “GlobalDistribution of Watches: A network analysis of trade relations”, Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining Workshops, 2017, pp. 605-611.

With Rika Fujioka, Global Luxury: Organizational Change and Emerging Markets since the 1970s, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

With Bram Bouwens and Takafumi Kurosawa, Industries and Global Competition: A History of Business Beyond Borders, New York: Routledge, 2017.

“Les PME et le “miracle économique” japonais: un bilan historiographique”, Marché & organisations, vol. 30, 2017, pp. 119-136.

Fashion watches: The emergence of accessory makers as intermediaries inthe fashion system”, International Journal of Fashion Studies, vol. 4, no.1, 2017, pp.  69-85.

Histoire des politiques hospitalières en Suisse romande
, Neuchâtel: Alphil, 2017.

« La R&D dans l’horlogerie électronique suisse et japonaise de 1960 à1980 : une analyse comparative de Longines et de Seiko », Le Mouvement social, 2017, vol. 258, pp. 109-122.

With Ilan Vardi and Simon Henein, “La R&D commune entreprises-université dans l’industrie horlogère de 1900 à nos jours”, Bulletin de la Société suisse de chronométrie, no. 83, 2017, pp. 21-28.

“From the industrial district to the global firm: The Swatch Group and the Swiss watch industry, 1960-2010”, Revista de Historia Industrial, vol. 26, no. 66, 2017, pp. 191-213.

"The transformation of global luxury brands: The case of the Swiss watch company Longines, 1880–2010", Business History, online, 2017.

Industrial development, technology transfer, and global competition: The Japanese watchindustry from 1850 to the present day, New York: Routledge, 2017.

With Thierry Theurillat, "Retail networks and real estate: the case of Swiss luxury watches in China and Southeast Asia", The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, vol. 27, no. 2, 2017, pp. 126-145.

Last conferences (2017-2018):

Varieties of capitalism and the corporate use of history: The Japanese experience”, Annual Conference of the Association of Business Historians, Milton Keynes (UK), with Andrew Smith, 29 June 2018.

"The Nationality of an Industry: “Swiss Made” law and global competition in the watch business since 1950", The “Nationality” of the Company: Historical Approaches to a Possible Paradox, Goethe University, Frankfort (Germany), 18 November 2017.

「スイスにおけるカトリック系企業家,1880-1914年」『企業家研究フォーラム』2017年度年次大会, 大阪大学中之島センター,2017年9月16日.

"Missed connections: designers, apparel makers, and fashion media in Tokyo since 1945", with Rika Fujioka, Conference of the Association of Business Historians, Glasgow (UK), 30 June 2017 and Conference of the European Business History Association, Vienna (Austria), 25 August 2017.

“Patent Strategy and Global Competition in the Electric Appliance Industry: Siemens (1880-1945)”, Business History Conference, Denver (USA), with Shigehiro Nishimura, 31 March 2017.

“Luxury”, Business History Conference, Denver (USA), with Véronique Pouillard, 30 March 2017.  

"The Global Diffusion of the Western Hospital, 1930-1970", History of Hospitals - Hospitals in History: a multidisciplinary approach, Osaka University, 18 March 2017.


Last invited talks and contributions to media:

"Innover dans l'horlogerie de luxe à Genève de 1815 à nos jours", Société des Arts, Geneva, Switzerland, 20 March 2018.

"Les origines historiques de la crise hospitalière contemporaine", Auditoire de Pourtalès, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 19 March 2018.

"From electronic watches to nanotechnology: technology convergence and diversification in the Swiss microtechnics industry since the 1960s", 50 Years of Microelectronics on the Wrist - From the First Wearable to a Hyperconnected World, CSEM and Swissnex China, Shanghai (China), 27 November 2017.

"La construction de la valeur patrimoniale dans l’industrie contemporaine du luxe", Le Luxe, quelle valeur patrimoniale pour nous?, Grand Hôtel Kempinski, Geneva (Switzerland), 14 November 2017.

「ラグジュアリーブランドの創造と経営― オメガの事例」 早稲田ビジネススクール,東京,2017年5月27日.

"Catch up with and surpass Switzerland: the Japanese watch industry, 1945-1985", talk at the Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Zurich (Switzerland), 22 September 2016.

「スイス時計産業の復活(1985年以降)~ニコラス・G・ハイェックとジャン・クロード・ビバー(スウォッチグループ)を中心に」 『講座・企業家学』,企業家研究フォーラム・大阪商工会議所,大阪,2016年6月25日.

"L’horlogerie suisse face à la globalisation des systèmes de production (1960-2015)", opening conference at the Journée d'étude of the Société suisse de chronométrie, Lausanne, 16 September 2015.

Interview on Chosun TV (South Korea), 1 May 2015 (around 21'30).


« Déclin japonais », Le Temps, 15 avril 2014.

"La globalisation des systèmes de production dans l'industrie horlogère : enjeux et conséquences", Conférence annuelle de l’Association suisse pour la recherche horlogère, Neuchâtel (Switzerland), 30 October 2013.

"L'industrie horlogère dans un monde globalisé", Minovarc, La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), 29 May 2013.


Graduate School of Economics
Osaka University
1-7, Machikaneyama
Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043
donze [A] econ.osaka-u.ac.jp