Ikujiro Nonaka Bio

1972         Ph.D. in Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley
1968         M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley
1958         B.S. (Political Science), Waseda University


  • 2012- present, JAIMS Executive Advisor
  • 2007 - 2012, JAIMS President
  • 2007 - present, First Distinguished Drucker Scholar in Residence, Drucker and Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University
  • 2006 - present, Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University
  • 2000 - 2006, Professor, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University
  • 2001 - present, Xerox Distinguished Faculty Scholar, IMIO, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1997 - 2001, Xerox Distinguished Professor in Knowledge, Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley 
  • 1997 - 2000, Dean, the Graduate School of Knowledge Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • 1997 - 1998, Professor, Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University
  • 1995 - 1997, Director, Institute of Business Research, Hitotsubashi University
  • 1991 - 1995, Director of Research, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, Japan
  • 1982 - 1997, Professor, Institute of Business Research, Hitotsubashi University
  • 1979 - 1982, Professor, Department of Social Sciences, National Defense Academy, Japan
  • 1977 - 1979, Professor, Department of Business Administration, Nanzan University, Japan
  • 1958 - 1970, Corporate Staff, Fuji Electric Co.

“Organization and Market: Exploratory Study of Centralization vs. Decentralization,” Graduate School of Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 1972

  • Managing Flow (with co-authors), Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
  • The Essence of Strategy (with co-authors), Tokyo: Nikkei BP, 2005 (in Japanese).
  • The Essence of Innovation (with A. Katsumi), Tokyo: Nikkei BP, 2004 (in Japanese).
  • Hitotsubashi on Knowledge Management (with co-authors), John Wiley (Asia), 2003.
  • Methodology of Knowledge Creation (with N. Konno), Tokyo: Toyokeizaishimpo-sha, 2003 (in Japanese).
  • Managing Industrial Knowledge (with D. Teece eds.), London: Sage, 2001.
  • Knowledge Emergence (with T. Nishiguchi eds.), New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Enabling Knowledge Creation (with G. von Krogh and K. Ichijo), New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Handbook of Organizational Learning & Knowledge (with M. Diekes, A.B. Anthal and J. Child eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Knowledge Creation: A Source of Value (with G. von Krogh and T. Nishiguchi eds.), London: Macmillan, 2000.
  • The Light and the Shadow: How Breakthrough Innovation is Shaping European Business (with O. Kalthoff and P. Nueno), Roland Berger Foundation, 1997.
  • Relentless: The Japanese Way of Marketing (with J.K. Johansson), New York: Harper Business, 1996.
  • The Knowledge-Creating Company (with H. Takeuchi), New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Intellectualizing Capability (with N. Konno), Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shimbun-sha, 1995 (in Japanese).
  • U.S. Marine Corp: Self-Innovation of Non-profit Organization, Tokyo: Chuuo Kouron Shinsha, 1995 (in Japanese). 
  • Management for Knowledge Creation, Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shimbun-sha, 1990 (in Japanese).
  • Strategic vs. Evolutionary Management: A U.S.-Japan Comparison of Strategy and Organization (with T. Kagono, K. Sakakibara and A. Okumura), Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1985.
  • An Evolutionary Theory of the Firm, Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shimbun-sha, 1985 (in Japanese).
  • Essence of Failure: Organizational Study of the Japanese Armed Forces during the World War II (with R. Tobe, Y. Teramoto, S. Kamata, T. Suginoo and T. Murai), Tokyo: Diamond-sha, 1984 (in Japanese).
  • A Comparison of U.S. vs. Japanese Management (with T. Kagono, K. Sakakibara and A. Okumura), Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shimbun-sha, 1983 (in Japanese).
  • Organization and Market: A Contingency Theory, Tokyo: Chikura Shobo, 1974 (in Japanese).

Articles /Book Chapters

  • “Strategic Management as Distributed Practical Wisdom (Phonesis)” (with R. Toyama), Industrial and Corporate Change, forthcoming.
  • “Visionary Knowledge Management: The Case of Eisai Transformation” (with V. Peltokorpi), International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, 3 (2), 2006.
  • “Organizational Knowledge Creation Theory: Evolutionary Paths and Future Advances” (with G. von Krogh and S. Voelpel), Organizational Studies, 27(18): 1179-1206, SAGE Publications, 2006.
  • “Managing Organizational Knowledge: Theoretical and Methodological Foundations” in K.G. Smith and M.A. Hitt (eds.), Great Minds in Management, New York: Oxford University, 2005.
  • “The Theory of the Knowledge-Creating Firm: Subjectivity, Objectivity and Synthesis” (with R. Toyama), Industrial and Corporate Change, 14 (3): 419-436, 2005.
  • “Knowledge-based View of Radical Innovation: Toyota Prius Case” (with V. Peltokorpi) in J. T. Hage and M. Meenus (eds.), Innovation and Knowledge Growth, (forthcoming).
  • “Strategic Knowledge Creation: The Case of Hamamatsu Photonics” (with V. Peltokorpi and H. Tomae), International Technology Journal, in press.
  • “The Knowledge-Creating Theory Revisited: Knowledge Creation as a Synthesizing Process” (with R. Toyama), Knowledge Management Research and Practice, 2-10, 2003.
  • “A Firm as a Dialectical Being: Toward a Dynamic Theory of a Firm” (with R. Toyama), Industrial and Corporate Change, 11 (2002), 995-1009.
  • “A Firm as a Knowledge Creating Entity: A New Perspective on the Theory of the Firm” (with R. Toyama and A. Nagata), Industrial and Corporate Change, 9 (1), 1-20, 2000.
  • “Integrated IT Systems to Capitalize on Market Knowledge” in G. von Krogh, I. Nonaka and T. Nishiguchi (eds.), Knowledge Creation: A New Source of Value, London: Macmillan, 2000.
  • “A Theory of Organizational Knowledge Creation: Understanding the Dynamic Process of Creating Knowledge” (with R. Toyama and P. Byosiere) in M. Dierkes, A. Antal, J. Child, and I. Nonaka (eds.), Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • “An Integrated Information Technology System for Knowledge Creation” (with P. Reinmoeller and R. Toyama) in M. Dierkes, A. Antal, J. Child, and I. Nonaka (eds.), Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • “Emergence of “Ba”: A Conceptual Framework for Continuous and Self-transcending Process of Knowledge Creation” (with N. Konno and R. Toyama) in I. Nonaka and T. Nishiguchi (eds.), Knowledge Emergence, New York:Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • “Knowledge Creation within Industrial Systems” (with F. Corno and P. Reinmoeller), Journal of Management and Governance, 3, 379-394, 1999.
  • “Organizational Capabilities in Product Development of Japanese Firms: A Conceptual Framework and Empirical Analyses” (with K. Kusunoki and A. Nagata), Organization Science, 9 (6) 699-718, 1998.
  • “The Concept of “Ba”: Building a Foundation for Knowledge Creation” (with N. Konno), California Management Review, 40 (3) 1-15, 1998.
  • “A Theory of the Firm’s Knowledge-Creation Dynamics” (with H. Takeuchi) in A.D. Chandler, P. Hagstrom and O. Solvell (eds.), The Dynamic Firm, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • “Three Tales of Knowledge-Creating Companies” (with K. Umemoto and D. Senoo) in G. von Krogh, J. Roos, and D. Klein (eds.), Knowing in Firms: Understanding, Managing, and Measuring Knowledge, London: Sage, 1977.
  • “From Information Processing to Knowledge Creation: A Paradigm Shift in Business Management” (with K. Umemoto and D. Senoo), Technology in Society, 18 (2) 203-218, 1996.
  • “Managing Innovation as an Organizational Knowledge Creation Process” in G. Pogorel (ed.), Technology Strategies in the Nineties: A Tricontinental Handbook, Milan: Franco Angeli, 1995.
  • “A Dynamic Theory of Organizational Knowledge Creation” Organization Science, 5 (1) 14-37, 1994.
  • “Organizational Knowledge Creation Theory: A First Comprehensive Test” (with P. Byosiere, C.C. Borucki and N. Konno), International Business Review, 3 (4) 337-351, 1994.
  • “Beyond Reengineering” Organizational Science, 28 (1) 21-31, 1994 (in Japanese).
  • “Models of Knowledge Management in the West and Japan” (with G. Hedland) in P. Lorange, B. Chakravarthy, J. Roos and A. Van de Van (eds.), Implementing Strategic Processes: Change, Learning and Co-operation, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1993.
  • “Intellectual Productivity of Japanese Firm” Organizational Science, 26(4) 56-63, 1993 (in Japanese).
  • “A Theory of Interorganizational Knowledge Creation: Case Study of Innovation Process of Japanese Semiconductor Industry” (with S. Yonekura), Business Review, 40 (2) 18, 1992 (in Japanese).
  • “Managing Knowledge Creation for the Global Firm: Case Study of Innovation Process of Nissan Corporation” Organizational Science, 25 (4) 2-15, 1992 (in Japanese).
  • “Managing the Firm as an Information Creation Process” in J.R. Meindl, R.L. Cardy and S. M. Puffer (eds.), Advances in Information Processing in Organizations, London: JAI Press, 1991.
  • “The Knowledge-Creating Company” Harvard Business Review, Nov.-Dec. 96-104, 1991.
  • “Managing Globalization as a Self-renewing Process: Experiences of Japanese MNCs” in C. Bartlett, Y. Doz and G. Hedlund (eds.), Managing the Global Firm, London: Routledge, 1990.
  • “A Methodology of Organizational Knowledge Creation” (with N. Konno and N. Kawamura), Organizational Science, 24 (1) 2-20, 1990 (in Japanese).
  • “Toward Middle Up-down Management: Accelerating Information Creation” Sloan Management Review, 29 (3) 9-18, 1988.
  • “Self-renewal of the Japanese Firm and the Human Resource Strategy” Human Resource Management, Spring 1988.
  • “Creating Organizational Order out of Chaos: Self-renewal in Japanese Firms” California Management Review, 30 (2) 57-73, 1988.
  • “Redundant, Overlapping Organization: A Japanese Approach to Managing the Innovation Process” California Management Review, 22 (3) 27-38, 1990.
  • “The New New Product Development Game” (with H. Takeuchi), Harvard Business Review, Jan.-Feb. 137-146, 1986.
  • “Managing the New Product Development Process: How Japanese Companies Learn and Unlearn” (with K. Imai and H. Takeuchi) in R.H. Hayes, K.B. Clark and C. Lorenz (eds.), The Uneasy Alliance: Managing the Productivility-Technology Dilemma, Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1985.
  • “Japanese Management: What about the ‘Hard’ Skills?”(with J. Johansson), Academy of Management Review, 10 (2) 181-191, 1985.
  • “Marketing Management, Its Environment, and Information Processing: A Problem of Organizational Design” (with F.M. Nicosia), Journal of Business Research, 7 (4) 277-300, 1979.

Academic Honors

  • 2007, Named the First Distinguished Drucker Scholar in Residence, Drucker and Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University
  • 2007, Selected as Eminent Scholar in International Business, International Management Division of the Academy of Management
  • 2002, Received the Purple Ribbon Medal from the Japanese Government
  • 2002, Elected a member of Fellow Group of the Academy of Management in the U.S.
  • 2001, Awarded the Best Book of the Year Award in Business and Management (Association of American Publishers, Inc.) for “Enabling Knowledge Creation” (2000)
  • 1999, Elected as Fellow of the International Academy of Management
  • 1998, Received the Honorary Doctor of Economic Sciences degree, Universitat St. Gallen
  • 1999, Received the Doctor Honoris Causa of the Faculty of Economic, Social Sciences, Universite Catholique de Louvain
  • 1996, Awarded the Best Book of the Year Award in Business and Management (Association of American Publishers, Inc.) for “The Knowledge-Creating Company” (1995)
  • 1996, Awarded the Best Book Award in Management (Financial Times/B. Allen & Hamilton, Co.) for “Intellectualizing Capability” (1995)
  • 1991, Received the NOMA Prize (Nippon Administrative Management Association) for Management for “Knowledge Creation” (1990)
  • 1988, Received the Fourth Annual Richard Beckhard Prize (Sloan Management Review) for “Toward Middle-Up-Down Management: Accelerating Information Creation” (1988)
  • 1984, Received the Book of the Year Award (The Academic Association of Organizational Science, Japan) for “A Comparison of U.S. vs. Japanese Management” (1983) (in Japanese)
  • 1974, Received the Nikkei Award in Economics and Business (Nihon Keizai Shimbun-sha) for “Organization and Market: A Contingency Theory” (1974) (in Japanese)

Member of Editorial Board/Scientific Committee/Other Membership  

  • 2000- , Scientific Committee, Industrial and Corporate Change
  • 1997- , Scientific Committee, Journal of Management and Governance
  • 1996-2000, President of the Academic Association of Organizational Science (in Japan)
  • 1996-2000, Managing Editor, Organizational Science (Japanese journal of the Academic Association of Organizational Science)
  • 1995- , Editor, Business Review (Japanese journal of the Institute of Business Research, Hitotsubashi University)
  • 1989-1994, Senior Editor, Organization Science (An international journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Science, U.S.A)


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