Professor Hiroshi Uchikoga conducted an online lecture for “Driving Strategic Innovation”, an elective module for the GLP Masters in Management (MIM) program. This course encompasses case method discussions which provide insights in forming answers to questions such as: Why do companies pursue innovation? What type of innovation are they seeking? Why does it matter to business? Why would strategy be critical to innovation? What are the drivers for innovation?
This course pays particular attention to innovations found in industries related to science and technology, a la disruptive innovation - with case analysis extending to various angles; corporate strategy, company culture, leadership behaviors, teaming, talent management, R&D portfolio control and collaborative work.
Professor Uchikoga highlighted the research network and explained industry uncertainty. He discussed a case study of a leading pharmaceutical firm and explained how external forces change situations. He talked about new services at IDEO and asked students for their opinions throughout different phases of this case, from brainstorming to concept development towards idea feasibility and manufacturing.
Prof. Hiroshi Uchikoga:
In the 1980's Professor Hiroshi Uchikoga Joined Toshiba Corporation and belonged to the hardware design department that designed the world's first notebook computer. He then went to Harvard Business School MBA program. After graduation, he returned to Toshiba Headquarters Product Planning division in 1994, where he engaged in planning advanced notebook PCs, starting Toshiba's first internet service, and standardizing a new generation video disc format.
In 2000, Hiroshi founded Visionare Corporation, a software development company in Japan which eventually pivoted to a license company after acquiring eight patents, and he moved to Sunnyvale, California in 2012 to start up Veam Inc. - both of which are currently working on a path to successful exits. Returning to Japan in 2017, he acted as Business Producer at World Bank's project in Africa and blockchain related businesses.
Academic Background: MBA, Harvard Business School
Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, Keio University