Instructors

Higashidesensei

Professor Hiro HIGASHIDE , Ph.D(U. of London),MBA,DIC

Waseda University Business Schoolf

Graduate School of Commerce Waseda University

 

○ Profile

Professor Hiro HIGASHIDE graduated from the Faculty of Economics of Keio University in 1985. At Kajima Corporation, he was engaged in real estate investment in European countries. He earned an MBA from Imperial College London, and in 2000 was awarded a PhD as the first Japanese person to major in entrepreneurship at this college. He started teaching at Waseda University Business School in 1998 and has been a professor since 2006. His major research areas include entrepreneurship, the creation process, business ethics and philosophy. Many of his papers were published by the Babson Conference, AOM, BAM, the Global Entrepreneurship Research Conference, as well as in the Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management and Japan Ventures Review and elsewhere. He is active in many fields, serving as Director of the Japan Academic Society for Ventures and Entrepreneurs (JASVE) and as a member of various public committees and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 

○ Message to students

We are living in an increasingly unpredictable age. Entrepreneurship is a way of living and a management style that can bring positive results in an era of uncertainty. We should not work just to please our boss at a company. We should create a place for ourselves, and work for ourselves. However, in order to satisfy ourselves, we need to provide value to clients and others first. This is a way of living that brings us to being an “owner-manager.” Let’s reconsider our way of living, as well as our mindset, and also cover some financial elements.

 

○ Lecture at QREC

Venture Finance

 

Professor Masaki KUROKI , Ph.D.

Ritsumeikan University

Graduate School of Technology Management

School of Business Administration

 

○ Profile

‧ PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

‧ Field of specialization / Venture business theory, entrepreneurship theory

‧ Research theme / Research and analysis of infrastructure for developing entrepreneurs and venture businesses

Professor Masaki Kuroki went to the USA, a nation with an advanced infrastructure for entrepreneurial support, to launch a business in 1986. While there, he received an MBA from Gonzaga University, in December 1990. He served as Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, from 1992 to 1995. He enrolled in the doctoral course of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York State from 1995 to March 1999 and obtained a PhD in business administration. Since 1999, Professor Kuroki has worked for the College of Business Administration of Ritsumeikan University.

Since 2007, he has served as Professor of the College of Business Administration and as Professor of the Graduate School of Technology Management. He was on the Advisory Board of the Japan Entrepreneurship Education Network for Higher Education, sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, from 2008 to the present. He is also serving as a member of the Working Team for Promoting Regional Employment Creation, sponsored by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, from March 2013 to the present.

 

○ Message to students

The core principle I cultivated during my time in universities in the USA is to foster stronger individuals and entrepreneurs as an essential prerequisite to activating the economy and society. In the early 90’s, I taught at the University of Nebraska and had engaging discussions with many American students. I realized that Japanese students have less “power to live as an individual” than their American counterparts. In Japanese society, where the lifetime employment system and the seniority system have long been respected, people are educated on the premise that learning to belong to a group or an organization is the most valuable thing they can achieve. This is instilled from early childhood, and diminishes the power and responsibility needed to live as an individual. In the global society of the 21st century, it is important to have entrepreneurial skills, to be fully aware of one’s self-responsibility, and to live as an individual without necessarily belonging to an organization.

 

○ Lecture at QREC

Applied Entrepreneurship Organization

 

Tamakisensei

Professor Hironobu Tamaki

Visiting Professor, Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University
Professor Graduate School of Business Administration Prefectural University of Hiroshima

○ Profile

Professor Hironobu Tamaki joined MITSUI & CO., LTD. in 1988. As a member of Mitsui, he was involved with venture investment as a representative resident in Silicon Valley. After returning to Japan, he was engaged in strategic planning at the IT Business Unit of Mitsui, and managed their private equity fund. In 2000, he became Representative Managing Director of AOL Japan. When Mitsui sold shares of AOL Japan, he took the occasion to found Golf Digest Online Inc with a group of friends . Golf Digest Online went public on the Mothers section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2004. After retiring from his COO[d4] position at Golf Digest Online to pursue new ventures, he founded a coffee shop chain, Satura Cakes Inc., in Silicon Valley. He sold Satura Cakes Inc. in 2010. Then, in 2012, he assumed his current position at Kyushu University. He majored in solid-state physics and graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He also graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

○ Message to students

Starting a business delivers the ultimate question of how well you can apply all of your skills to your life. Your intellectual abilities, physical abilities, and personality will be tested. Like climbing Mt. Everest, a business start-up requires a sufficient amount of preparation and guidance. Obviously, you will not be able to get sufficiently prepared while just attending undergraduate or graduate courses. I believe that my class will provide students and the faculty with a place and opportunity to meet and interact, and I look forward continued relations with my students who aim to start a business. It will be my pleasure to be your guide on the path toward your successful future.

 

○ Lecture at QREC

Advanced Lecture in Corporate Entrepreneurship

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hiranosensei

Professor Kenji Hirano

Visiting Professor, Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University
President and CEO of Drug39 Co.,Ltd.
President of Segment ON2 Co.,Ltd.

 

○ Profile

Visiting Professor Kenji HIRANO was born on May 28, 1959. He graduated from Faculty of Commerce and Management (accounting), Hitotsubashi University in March 1982. He obtained MBA (marketing) from San Francisco State University in January 1985. He became president of Drug39 Co., Ltd. in July 2003, and president of Segment ON2 Co., Ltd. in April 2012. He became a director of the Nippon Pharmacy Association in April 2014. He won the MCEI Executive of the Year 2014-15 award in June 2015.

 

Book
Korekara no Doraggusutoa / Yakkyoku de Hataraku Kimitachi ni Tsutaetaikoto (What I Want People who will Work in Drugstores in the Future to Know), Newformat Institute Inc., 2011

 

○ Message to students

When I came into contact with the interactive mode of teaching on my MBA course in the US, it was like having a new breath of life after the Japanese way of university teaching consisting of listening to lecturers, reading books and writing a thesis, a way of learning I never felt comfortable with. Basic knowledge is of course essential, but practical learning really consists of finding out how to use this to think, organize people and create a business. In my lessons I hope to build up training through practicals, seamless thinking, and questioning and answering things with my students. I hope that my tuition will prove to be enjoyable.

 

○ Lecture at QREC

Applied Entrepreneurship Marketing

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Associate Professor Tsutomu Tobita, Ph. D.

Faculty of Commerce, Fukuoka University

○ Profile

Dr. Tsutomu Tobita graduated from Ritsumeikan University in 1997 and subsequently worked for a securities company. He then entered the graduate school of Ritsumeikan University and received his doctorate degree in business administration from the university in 2004. His fields of specialization are corporate finance and management accounting.
Dr. Tobita worked at Kyushu Tokai University’s School of Applied Information (now School of Business Studies) from 2006 to 2009, and then Kumamoto Gakuen University’s Graduate School of Accountancy from 2009 to 2012. In 2012, Dr. Tobita became an associate professor at the Fukuoka University staff and has been involved in the study of management accounting practices at SMEs. He has been supporting activities for new business creation, recently serving as an organizer for Startup Weekend Fukuoka and as an advisor for Innovation Studio Fukuoka by Fukuoka City.

○ Message to students

One executive that I respect very much is Tomoko Namba, founder of DeNA. She wrote in her book that what is important is, “what is said and not who said it.”
Since business administration is a study in practice, in addition to finance and accounting theory and knowledge, learning what actual businesses are thinking, how they are approaching a decision, and why they made such a decision is critical. My lectures will cover theory combined with case studies through which I will be communicating the dynamics of management.

 

○ Lecture at QREC

Basic Entrepreneurship Marketing
Basic Entrepreneurship Organization Science

sugimotosensei

Masataka Sugimoto

Visiting Associate Professor, Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University
Senior manager, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting

 

○ Profile

Visiting Associate Professor Masataka SUGIMOTO joined a major railway company after graduating from Keio University’s Faculty of Policy Management. After successfully launching several new projects as part of his work in the company’s management planning division, he joined Tohmatsu Consulting (now Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting). In March 2010 he completed a course at QBS (Kyushu University Business School) in the Department of Business and Technology Management, Graduate School of Economics, Kyushu University. Current work centers on leading teams dealing with new project launches, marketing strategies and customer strategies for nationwide B to C companies in retail, service, transport, entertainment companies and advanced technology manufacturers, centering mainly on western Japan. He has lectured to the Japan Department Stores Association, at many business seminars, and held numerous posts as a business plan competition judge, Startup Weekend coach, and consultant to local authorities on projects. He is a Registered Management Consultant, 1st grade Certified Skilled Worker of Financial Planning, and holder of an MBA.

 

○ Message to students

World-scale changes are underway at an amazing speed with the onset of the borderless business trend, the fusion of real and virtual, and the digital smart society. On the other hand, fresh business opportunities are arising with the need to cope with the emergence of new economic powers and changing consumption patterns. It is during the tumultuous period of uncertainty like the age we live in that I want to help foster entrepreneurs who can look at things with both a global and local outlook, and solve social problems. In order to do so, I will use my experiences at Deloitte Tohmatsu, which boasts the world’s largest network, to provide “passionate” lectures for my students!

 

○ Lecture at QREC

New Business Creation

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Fumihiko Ikuine
Division of Policy and Planning Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems, University of Tsukuba

 

○ Profile

Dr. Fumihiko Ikuine graduated from the Faculty of Economics, the University of Tokyo. He then entered the Graduate School of Economics of the same university, and received his master’s degree in 1997 and doctoral degree in Economics in 2006. He served as Assistant Professor at the Hitotsubashi University Institute of Innovation Research from 2004. In 2006, he served as a lecturer at the Faculty of Business Administration of Bunkyo Gakuin University and successively as Associate Professor. Since 2011, he has worked for Division of Policy and Planning Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems, University of Tsukuba.

 

○ Message to students

Innovation is required in many regions and countries, including Japan. However, innovation is always accompanied by creative destruction and can usher in both risk and anxieties. Through the course, I would like students not to blindly fear changes, but to think about innovation in a constructive manner, interpret changes from a calm perspective and foster an ability to devise schemes. Come and join me in considering what needs to be done in order that we can create a good economic society with free thinking.

 

○ Lecture at QREC

Innovation Management


Shukei Ishimaru
Visiting Associate Professor, Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University
Director General, Fukuoka Directive Council (FDC)

 

○ Profile

After entering the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry, Mr. Shuhei Ishimaru worked within the Minister’s Secretariat in the Policy Evaluation and Public Relations Division and then as an official at the Director-General’s Secretariat Office for Policy Coordination of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, later joining PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In April 2015 he took up his present position at the FDC. He is also active as the director of the advisory board of the Avispsa Fukuoka professional football team; member of the board of the Future Center Alliance Japan (FCAJ); executive director of Kyushu University’s Regional Policy Designer Training Program; and visiting researcher at the Regional Liaison Center at Fukuoka Women’s University. He also holds public offices such as a member of Suita City round-table-conference on promoting computerization (Osaka), and member of Okinawa’s strategic deliberation committee on the promotion of MICE (meetings, incentive tours, conventions, conferences and exhibitions).

 

○ Message to students

The world that we are now living in changes from moment to moment. There is no such thing as a world that we can easily imagine based on the present day or the past. Every single day innovation is taking place somewhere in the world, and the newly created products and services are all dramatically changing accepted common sense and our lifestyles. In order to adapt to the unpredictable future and tackle the policy issues we now face, there is a need for us to always keep up with the latest innovation and prepare our society into one that can accept these changes. I am very much looking forward to meeting the young people who will take on these challenges and the entrepreneurs of the future.

 

○ Lecture at QREC

Practical Training Program for Regional Management


Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University
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