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Takeuchi, Hirotaka

Dr. Hirotaka Takeuchi is a Professor in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School, where he currently teaches three second-year elective courses: Knowledge-based Strategy, Japan IXP, and Microeconomics of Competitiveness (which he co-teaches with University Professor Michael Porter). He received a BA from International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an MBA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.  Professor Takeuchi’s first faculty position at Harvard was in the Marketing Unit from 1976 to 1983 as an Assistant Professor and his second as a Visiting Professor teaching the Advanced Management Program in 1995-1996.  Starting in 1983, he taught at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and served as the Founding Dean of its business school, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, from 1998 to 2010.  Prior to his academic career, he worked at McCann-Erickson in Tokyo and San Francisco and at McKinsey & Company in Tokyo.

Professor Takeuchi’s research has focused on the knowledge creation process within organizations, the competitiveness of Japanese firms in global industries, and the link between strategy and innovation.  He is the author or editor of 16 books, including The Knowledge-Creating Company: How Japanese Companies Create the Dynamics of Innovation co-authored with Ikujiro Nonaka (which won the 1995 Best New Book of the Year Award in the business and management category by the Association of American Publishers), Can Japan Compete? co-authored with Michael Porter, and Extreme Toyota: Radical Contradictions That Drive Success at the World’s Best Manufacturer co-authored with Hitotsubashi professors Emi Osono and Norihiko Shimizu (which won the Best 30 Business Books by Soundview Executive Book Summaries in 2008).  His most recent Harvard Business Review article is The Wise Leader (May 2011) with Ikujiro Nonaka.

Professor Takeuchi serves as a member of the board of directors of ORIX Corporation and Integral Corporation, and has served on the board of Trend Micro Inc., all based in Japan. He is also a director of several non-public companies, including Japan Society of Boston, Knowledge Institute, and Ark Hills Club.  He is and has been a member of the advisory board of public and non-public companies, including Fast Retailing, All Nippon Airways, NTT DoCoMo, Yoshimoto Kogyo, World Economic Forum, Russell Reynolds, Japan Association of Corporate Directors, and Japan Sports Association.  He has been a member of a number of committees and councils formed by government agencies in Japan, including the Cabinet Office; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and also a member of the editorial board of Japan Marketing Journal, Journal of Knowledge Management, and Hitotsubashi Business Review.

Takeuchi and his wife Nobu have two children and live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Education:

  • Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, December 1977
  • MBA from University of California, Berkeley, December 1971
  • BA from International Christian University, Tokyo Japan, June 1969

Work Experience:

  • McKinsey & Company in Tokyo, Japan: 1973 and 1974 summers
  • McCann-Erickson, Inc. in San Francisco: 1970 to 1972 (part-time)
  • McCann-Erickson Hakuhodo in Tokyo: 1969 to 1970

Teaching and Administrative Positions:

  • Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School, 2010 to present
  • Dean and Professor, Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, 1998 to 2010
  • Visiting Professor, Harvard Business School, 1995 to 1996
  • Professor, Hitotsubashi University School of Commerce, 1987 to 1998 Associate Professor, Hitotsubashi University School of Commerce, l983 to 1987 Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School, 1977 to 1983
  • Lecturer, Harvard Business School, l976 to 1977

Research:

Research interests are focused on the knowledge creation process within organizations, the competitiveness of Japanese firms in global industries, and the link between strategy and innovation.

Primary Outside Affiliations:

  • Board member of ORIX Corporation: 2004 to present
  • Board member of Trend Micro Inc.: 2005 to present
  • Board member of Integral Corporation: 2008 to present
  • Advisory board member of World Economic Forum, Fast Retailing, All Nippon Airways, Yoshimoto Kogyo, Japan Association of Corporate Directors, Japan Sports Association, and others.

Books

  • Shimaguchi, Mitsuaki, and Hirotaka Takeuchi, eds. Keiei no Ryugi (The Management Ritual). Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shimbun Publishing, 2010, Japanese ed.
  • Osono, Emi, Norihiko Shimizu, and Hirotaka Takeuchi. Extreme Toyota: Radical Contradictions That Drive Success at the World’s Best Manufacturer. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2008. (Selected for the 2008 Soundview Executive Book Summaries.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Ken Kusunoki. Innovation wo Umidasu Chikara (The Mother of Innovation). Tokyo: Goma Shobō, 2007, Japanese ed.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Tsutomu Shibata. Japan Moving Toward a More Advanced Knowledge Economy: Advanced Knowledge—Creating Companies. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Institute (WBI), 2006.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Ikujiro Nonaka. Hitotsubashi on Knowledge Management. John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
  • Shimaguchi, Mitsuaki, Junzou Ishii, Yukihiko Uehara, Naoto Onzou, Hotaka Katahira, and Hirotaka Takeuchi. Yawarakai Kigyou Senryaku: Marketing Ambition no Jidai (Soft Corporate Strategy: The Age of Marketing Ambition). Kadokawa Shoten, 2001, Japanese ed.
  • Porter, Michael E., Hirotaka Takeuchi, and M. Sakakibara. Can Japan Compete? Tokyo: Daiyamondosha [Diamond, Inc.], 2000. (English ed., Basingstoke: MacMillan, 2000; New York: Basic Books, 2000.)
  • Shimaguchi, Mitsuaki, Hirotaka Takeuchi, Hotaka Katahira, and Junzou Ishii. Marketing Kakushin no Jidai 2: Seihin Kaihatsu Kakushin (The Age of Marketing Innovation 2: Product Development Innovation). Tokyo: Yūhikaku, 1999, Japanese ed.
  • Shimaguchi, Mitsuaki, Hirotaka Takeuchi, Hotaka Katahira, and Junzou Ishii. Marketing Kakushin no Jidai 3: Brand Kouchiku (The Age of Marketing Innovation 3: Brand Building). Tokyo: Yūhikaku, 1999, Japanese ed.
  • Shimaguchi, Mitsuaki, Hirotaka Takeuchi, Hotaka Katahira, and Junzou Ishii. Marketing Kakushin no Jidai 4: Eigyou Ryuutsuu Kakushin (The Age of Marketing Innovation 4: Sales and Distribution Innovation). Tokyo: Yūhikaku, 1998, Japanese ed.
  • Shimaguchi, Mitsuaki, Hirotaka Takeuchi, Hotaka Katahira, and Junzou Ishii. Marketing Kakushin no Jidai 1: Kokyaku Souzou (The Age of Marketing Innovation 1: Customer Creation). Tokyo: Yūhikaku, 1998, Japanese ed.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. Kigyou Rinri to Jinken: Harvard no Kangae-kata (Corporate Ethics and Human Rights: Perspectives from Harvard). Tokyo: Dentsu Inc., 1998.
  • Nonaka, Ikujiro, and Hirotaka Takeuchi. The Knowledge-Creating Company: How Japanese Companies Create the Dynamics of Innovation. Oxford University Press, 1995. (Awarded the 1995 Best Book of the Year Award for the Business and Management category by the Association of American Publishers.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Yoko Ishikura. Ishitsu no Management: Nihonteki Doushitsu Keiei wo Koete (Managing Heterogeneity: Beyond Japanese-style Homogeneous Management). Daiyamondosha [Diamond, Inc.], 1994, Japanese ed.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. Best Practices Kakumei: Seikou Kigyou ni Manabe (Best Practices Revolution: Learning from Successful Companies). Tokyo: Daiyamondosha [Diamond, Inc.], 1994, Japanese ed.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, Kiyonori Sakakibara, Tadao Kagono, Akihiro Okumura, and Ikujiro Nonaka. Kigyou no Jiko-Kakushin: Chaos to Souzou no Management (Corporate Self-Innovation: Managing Chaos and Creativity). Chuo Kouron, 1986, Japanese ed.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Global Shinjidai no Kachi Souzou (Value Creation during a Global Era).” In Keiei no Ryugi (The Management Ritual), edited by Mitsuaki Shimaguchi, and Hirotaka Takeuchi. Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shimbun Publishing, 2010, Japanese ed.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Creating the Dynamics of Hard-to-Imitate Innovation.” In Japan Moving Toward a More Advanced Knowledge Economy: Advanced Knowledge—Creating Companies, by Hirotaka Takeuchi, and Tsutomu Shibata. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Institute (WBI), 2006.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Interorganizational Knowledge Creation at Shimano.” In Japan Moving Toward a More Advanced Knowledge Economy: Advanced Knowledge—Creating Companies, by Hirotaka Takeuchi, and Tsutomu Shibata. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Institute (WBI), 2006.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “The New Dynamism of the Knowledge-Creating Company.” In Japan Moving Toward a More Advanced Knowledge Economy: Advanced Knowledge—Creating Companies, by Hirotaka Takeuchi, and Tsutomu Shibata. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Institute (WBI), 2006.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “The Competitiveness of Japanese Industries and Firms.” In Japan Moving Toward a More Advanced Knowledge Economy: Advanced Knowledge—Creating Companies, by Hirotaka Takeuchi, and Tsutomu Shibata. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Institute (WBI), 2006.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Maintaining Competitiveness.” In Global Future: The Next Challenge for Asian Business, edited by Arnoud de Meyer. Asia: John Wiley & Sons, 2005.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “The Globalization of Markets’ Revisited: Japan After Twenty Years.” In The Global Market: Developing a Strategy to Manage Across Borders, edited by John A. Quelch, and Rohit Deshpandé. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Knowledge Creation and Dialectics.” In Hitotsubashi on Knowledge Management, by Hirotaka Takeuchi, and Ikujiro Nonaka. John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Knowledge Creation within a Dialectic Organization.” In Hitotsubashi on Knowledge Management, by Hirotaka Takeuchi, and Ikujiro Nonaka. John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Ikujiro Nonaka. “Theory of Organizational Knowledge Creation.” In Hitotsubashi on Knowledge Management, by Hirotaka Takeuchi, and Ikujiro Nonaka. John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Ikujiro Nonaka. “Rugby Houshiki ni yoru Shin-Seihin Kaihatsu Kyousou (New Product Development Competition Using the Rugby Method).” In Marketing Kakushin no Jidai 2: Seihin Kaihatsu Kakushin (The Age of Marketing Innovation 2: Product Development Innovation), by Mitsuaki Shimaguchi, Hirotaka Takeuchi, Hotaka Katahira, and Junzou Ishii. Tokyo: Yūhikaku, 1999, Japanese ed.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Nihon Kigyou no Shin-Seihin Kaihatsu ni okeru Gojuu-nen no Hensen (50-Year History of How New Product Development Changed within Japanese Companies).” In Marketing Kakushin no Jidai 2: Seihin Kaihatsu Kakushin (The Age of Marketing Innovation 2: Product Development Innovation), by Mitsuaki Shimaguchi, Hirotaka Takeuchi, Hotaka Katahira, and Junzou Ishii. Tokyo: Yūhikaku, 1999, Japanese ed.
  • Akutsu, Satoshi, and Hirotaka Takeuchi. “Sengo Sewing Machine Gyoukai no Hatten to Seifu no Yakuwari (The Development of the Post-War Sewing Machine Industry and the Role of Government).” In Marketing Kakushin no Jidai 2: Seihin Kaihatsu Kakushin (The Age of Marketing Innovation 2: Product Development Innovation), by Mitsuaki Shimaguchi, Hirotaka Takeuchi, Hotaka Katahira, and Junzou Ishii. Tokyo: Yūhikaku, 1999, Japanese ed.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Shouhin Kaihatsu ni okeru Miniaturization Senryaku (Miniaturization Strategy for Product Development).” In Marketing Kakushin no Jidai 2: Seihin Kaihatsu Kakushin (The Age of Marketing Innovation 2: Product Development Innovation), by Mitsuaki Shimaguchi, Hirotaka Takeuchi, Hotaka Katahira, and Junzou Ishii. Tokyo: Yūhikaku, 1999, Japanese ed.
  • Nonaka, Ikujiro, and Hirotaka Takeuchi. “A Theory of the Firm’s Knowledge-Creation Dynamics.” In The Dynamic Firm, edited by Alfred D. Chandler Jr., Peter Hagstrom, and Orjan Solvell. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Ikujiro Nonaka. “Seihin Kaihatsu Process no Management (Management of the Product Development Process).” In Nihon no Kigyou System 2: Shoshiki to Senryaku (Japanese Corporate System 2: Organization and Strategy). Yuuhikaku, 1993, Japanese ed.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Michael E. Porter. “Kokusai Marketing to Kyousou Senryaku (International Marketing and Competitive Strategy).” In Nihon no Kigyou System 2: Soshiki to Senryaku (Japanese Corporate System 2: Organization and Strategy), edited by Hiroyuki Itami, Tadao Kagono, and Motoshige Ito. Bungei Shunjau, 1993, Japanese ed.
  • Tichy, Noel M., Michael I. Brimm, Ram Charan, and Hirotaka Takeuchi. “Leadership Development as a Lever for Global Transformation.” In Globalizing Management: Creating and Leading the Competitive Organization. John Wiley & Sons, 1992.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Michael E. Porter. “Three Roles of International Marketing in Global Strategy.” In Competition in Global Industries, edited by M. E. Porter. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 1986.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Ikujiro Nonaka. “Seihin Kaihatsu ni okeru Senryaku to Soshiki (Strategy and Organization for Product Development).” In Innovation to Soshiki (Innovation and Organization). Tōyō Keizai Shinpōsha, 1986, Japanese ed.
  • Imai, Ken-ichi, Ikujiro Nonaka, and Hirotaka Takeuchi. “Managing the New Product Development Process: How Japanese Companies Learn and Unlearn.” In The Uneasy Alliance: Managing the Productivity-Technology Dilemma, edited by R. Hayes, K. Clark, and C. Lorenz. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1985.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “America de Naze ‘Gorin no Sho’ go Yomarete iruka (Why ‘The Book of Five Rings’ Is Read in America).” In Gorin no Sho no Yomikata (Interpreting The Book of Five Rings). Goma Shobō, 1982, Japanese ed.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Productivity Measurement at the Level of the Firm: An Application within the Service Industry.” In Productivity Analysis at the Firm Level, edited by Ali Dogramaci, and Nabil R. Adam. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1981.

Cases and Teaching Materials

  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Victor Stone. “The Great East Japan Earthquake (A).” Harvard Business School Case 712-480, January 2013. (Revised from original April 2012 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, Victor Stone, Samer Abughannam, Sebastien D’Incau, Jonathan Driscoll, Katharine Hill, and Jeffrey Reynolds. “The Great East Japan Earthquake (D): Lawson’s Response.” Harvard Business School Supplement 713-441, January 2013.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, Leonard Kosinski, Christina Royce, Anna Stetsovskaya, and Evgeny Vasilyev. “The Great East Japan Earthquake (E): Yamato Transport’s Response.” Harvard Business School Supplement 713-442, January 2013.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Victor Stone. “Steve Jobs as a Wise Leader.” Harvard Business School Compilation 712-479, July 2012. (Revised from original April 2012 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, Yukiko Sakai, Rebecca Agonafir, Peter Cholewinski, Allison Kean, and Emily Kloeblen. “The Great East Japan Earthquake (C): Ishinomaki Kouwan Hospital’s Response.” Harvard Business School Supplement 713-440, January 2013.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Fast Retailing Group.” Harvard Business School Case 711-496, October 2012. (Revised from original April 2011 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, Kenichi Nonomura, Dena Neuenschwander, Meghan Ricci, David Roth, Kate Schoch, and Sergey Vartanov. “The Great East Japan Earthquake (B): Fast Retailing Group’s Response.” Harvard Business School Supplement 713-439, November 2012.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “ASAHI Net: Bringing Innovation to Education.” Harvard Business School Case 711-498, October 2012. (Revised from original April 2011 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Yoshinori Fujikawa. “Kumon India in 2007.” Harvard Business School Case 711-459, January 2012. (Revised from original April 2011 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, Ikujiro Nonaka, and Mayuka Yamazaki. “Knowledge Creation at Eisai Co., Ltd.” Harvard Business School Case 711-492, November 2011. (Revised from original April 2011 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Yoshinori Fujikawa. “BOOKOFF Corporation in 2006.” Harvard Business School Case 711-454, April 2011. (Revised from original March 2011 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Carin-Isabel Knoop. “Shimano: The Intel of the Bicycle Business.” Harvard Business School Case 711-460, April 2011.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Carin-Isabel Knoop. “Seven-Eleven Japan: The Tanpin Kanri Retail Practice.” Harvard Business School Case 711-501, March 2011.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, Ikujiro Nonaka, and Dai Senoo. “Seven-Eleven Japan: Knowledge Creation and Sharing.” Harvard Business School Supplement 711-465, March 2011.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Yoshinori Fujikawa. “BOOKOFF Corporation in 2007.” Harvard Business School Supplement 711-506, March 2011.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Shimano: Intel of the Bicycle Business.” 2006.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in 2007.” 2006.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Fast Retailing’s Global Expansion Plan.” 2006.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “ORIX: Future Challenge.” 2005.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Shimano: An Exemplar of the Japanese Approach to Knowledge.” 2005.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Rakuten in 2005.” 2004.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Competitive Dynamics in Home Video Games.” 2003.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Hecht Co.” Harvard Business School Case 579-084, November 1991. (Revised from original October 1978 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “U.S. Pioneer Electronics Corp.” Harvard Business School Case 579-079, July 1991. (Revised from original October 1978 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Nihon no Sewing Machine Sangyou no Case (Case on the Japanese Sewing Machine Industry).” 1991.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Nihon no Facsimile Sangyou no Case (Case on the Japanese Facsimile Industry).” 1991.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Nihon no Apparel Sangyou no Case (Case on the Japanese Apparel Industry).” 1991.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “B-R 31 Ice Cream no Case (Case on Baskin Robbins 31 Ice Cream).” 1989.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “L.L. Bean, Inc.: Corporate Strategy.” Harvard Business School Case 581-159, May 1988. (Revised from original June 1981 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Case: Asahi Beer (Case on Asahi Beer).” 1988.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Strategic Issues in Distribution.” Harvard Business School Background Note 581-026, February 1987. (Revised from original September 1980 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Child World, Inc.” Harvard Business School Case 582-053, July 1986. (Revised from original November 1981 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “J.B. Robinson Jewelers.” Harvard Business School Case 582-056, July 1986. (Revised from original November 1981 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Dunkin’ Donuts (C): Growth Strategy.” Harvard Business School Case 584-041, December 1985. (Revised from original September 1983 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Computer Retailing at Macy’s California.” Harvard Business School Case 582-079, October 1985. (Revised from original December 1981 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Dunkin’ Donuts (C).” Harvard Business School Case 580-037, January 1985. (Revised from original June 1979 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “U.S. Cycle.” Harvard Business School Case 582-069, December 1981.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Career Women’s Clothing Store.” Harvard Business School Case 582-035, October 1981.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Note on Wholesale Institutions.” Harvard Business School Background Note 581-011, October 1980.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Hecht Co., Teaching Note.” Harvard Business School Teaching Note 579-162, September 1980. (Revised from original March 1979 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Dunkin’ Donuts (B): Field Management, Teaching Note.” Harvard Business School Teaching Note 581-009, September 1980.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Dunkin’ Donuts (C), Teaching Note.” Harvard Business School Teaching Note 581-010, September 1980.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Dunkin’ Donuts (B): Field Management.” Harvard Business School Case 580-036, May 1980. (Revised from original October 1979 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Dunkin’ Donuts (A): Company Background.” Harvard Business School Case 580-035, April 1980. (Revised from original July 1979 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Dunkin’ Donuts (D): New Product Introduction.” Harvard Business School Case 580-038, April 1980. (Revised from original October 1979 version.)
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Note on Retailing Institutions.” Harvard Business School Background Note 580-042, October 1979.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Note on Types of Retail Stores.” Harvard Business School Background Note 579-168, March 1979.
  • Takeuchi, Hirotaka. “Conceptual Framework for the Study of the Channel of Distribution.” Harvard Business School Background Note 578-118, December 1977.