Kazuhiro Asakawa

Affiliation: Keio University

Bio: 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.

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 on the editorial (review) boards of numerous academic journals, including Journal of International Business StudiesJournal of International ManagementAcademy of Management Perspectives, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Canadian Journal of Administrative Science, Cross-Cultural Management, and International Journal of Commerce and Management.  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 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. He has been a frequent speaker at doctoral/junior faculty consortium and Meet-the-Editors panels at AIB, SMS and AOM.

In Japan, he takes on important leadership roles in many leading academic associations, government research institutes, and private sector.   He has served as a Faculty Fellow of Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), a Research Institute of the Ministry of International Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), as well as a Visiting Government Scholar at the National Institute of Science, Technology Policy (NISTEP) of the Ministry of Education. He currently serves as Vice President of the Association of Multinational Enterprises (AMNE) and an Executive Board Member of the Academic Association of Organizational Science (AAOS) and Japan Academy of International Business Studies (JAIBS). As an internationally-trained IB scholar currently based in Japan, he is committed to bridging the gaps between the Japanese and international academic communities.

Last Updated: April 2015


Adler has received many awards, including the Prix du Quebec, Doctor Honoris Causa from (Slovenia’s IEDC Bled), Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Center for Creative Leadership’s Applied Research Award, the World Federation of People Management Associations’ Georges Petitpas Award. ASTD’s International Leadership Award, SIETAR’s Outstanding Senior Interculturalist Award, the YWCA’s Femme de Mérite Award, the Academy of Management’s (AMLE) outstanding article award, and the Sage Award for scholarly contributions to management. She was elected to the Fellows of the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Management, the International Academy of Management Fellows, and was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada.

Adler is also a visual artist working known for her paintings, monotype prints, and ceramics. Her “Serendipity Suite” and “Reality in Translation: Art Transforming Apathy into Action” exhibitions were held at Banff Centre and her “Going Beyond the Dehydrated Language of Management” exhibition opened in Montreal. Her paintings artwork is held in private collections worldwide.

Last Updated: March 2019