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Dean, Yasutomi Kitahara


Dean Kitahara graduated from the School of Science in Applied Mathematics at Tokyo University of Science and also completed the coursework for his doctorate at the School of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University. Since the establishment of his own business, he has conducted research and has been involved in education and consultation in the field of software by focusing on two domains; group communication and strategic decision-making. In the field of strategic decision-making, he worked on value evaluation and simulation of business value and the risk for new business plans and development projects. He also developed software to assist in learning venture strategy development methodology (DDP), invented by Professor Macmillan at Wharton Business School.


Associate Dean, Masao Tsuji


Dr. Tsuji completed his Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Philosophy. His academic career has spanned lecturing duties at Waseda University where he currently also holds the post of Professor Emeritus. In addition, he has held posts at the Asian-Pacific Management Accounting Association as Senior Director from 2015 to 2017 and currently as the President-elect. His major research areas include management control, business analysis, and valuation, and accounting policies by management and publications include topics such as earnings management and accounting standards and management behavior.


Associate Dean, Takehiko Ito


After graduating from School of Commerce at Waseda University in 1991, Prof. Takehiko Ito entered Fuji Research Institute, launched and managed a venture company, and was the head of Mercer Japan Nagoya, a consulting firm specializing in human and institutional resource management. He began his teaching career in 2005 at NUCB Business School and became a full-time professor in 2008. He also completed the MBA program at Durham University Business School in the UK.


Associate Dean, Kazuhiko Kato


Dr. Kato completed his MBA at Bond University and MA in International Studies at The University of Sydney. After returning to Japan, he engaged in the marketing position in the Silicon Valley IT companies, such as Sun Microsystems and Cisco Systems. He has been in current position since 2016. He completed his Ph.D. His specialty is 'Strategic management', 'Information management theory', 'Venture business theory' and so on. He also advises many companies through business model development and support for launching a new business as feedback to the practical field of research activities.


Associate Dean, Kenji Yokoyama


Before joining NUCB Business School in 2021, Prof. Yokoyama had several managerial positions at Ritsumeikan APU, such as Dean of the School of Management, Vice-President of APU and a trustee of the Ritsumeikan Trust. He was President of AAPBS from 2019 through 2020 and has been Vice-Chair of the Business School Committee of the Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA). He was a shortlisted nominee for Asia Contribution Award 2019 and 2020 consecutively for his dedication to the development of the Asian higher education. In the field of research, he was given the International Trade Promotion Award in 1992 and 1998, and the International Trade Association Award in 2002.


Chair Faculties


Chair of Center for Case Method, Haruo Takagi


Dr. Haruo Takagi earned his DBA from Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration in 1984 after completing both a Bachelor ('73) and Master degree ('75) from Keio University. Dr. Takagi's professional background includes positions at Toray Business Research Institute as a consultant and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT). His research includes topics as diverse as organizational behavior and information technology leadership in networks and organizational communication and organizational innovation. His publications include The Flaw in Japanese Management and various contributions to Japanese management journals. He has held instructor positions at Keio Business School and recently joined the NUCB Business School as an instructor and the Chair of the Center for Case Method.


Chair of Case Development, Shinichi Takeuchi


With dual expertise in education and business administration, Dr. Takeuchi has extensive achievements in organizational implementation of case method in both academic and business settings. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Dr. Takeuchi was actively engaged in business administration and personnel training as well as in strategic reform and exchange projects in Japan and overseas at Mazda Motor Corporation. He is also the founder and representative director of Case Method Laboratory, Inc., which specializes in capacity development through case method. His academic background ranges from philosophy of education, educational methods, history of professional education, school administration and organizational behavior to managerial accounting. He has authored a number of books, research papers and articles on case method education.


International Advisory Board


International Advisory Board was established to embed the international and business industry demand into business school management.


Corporate Advisors


Mr. Masao Torii President, Novartis Holding Japan K.K.
Mr. Yoshihisa Aono President, Cybozu, Inc.
Mr. Kenichi Nonomura Executive Director of Business Design and Development at IDEO Tokyo
Ms. Yuka Tanimoto Web Editor-in-Chief & Event Promotion Section Chief Producer, Forbes JAPAN

Academic Advisors


Dr. Mike Page Professor of Finance and Management and former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bentley University, US; Head of Research, Erasmus Center for Women and Organisations, NL; Professor Extraordinaire, Stellenbosch Business School, ZA;Senior Adviser, EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) Global Network, BE
Dr. V.K. Unni Former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Former Dean of the College of Business at Bryant University, US
Dr. Francisco Roman Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of the City of ManilaFormer Head of the Research and Publications at the Asian Institute of Management and Executive Director for AIM's Corporate Social Responsibility
Dr. Kwei Tang University Chair Professor, National Chengchi UniversityAllison and Nancy Schleicher Chair Emeritus, Purdue University
Mr. Oliver Oger  Former Director General of EDHEC Business School

Administration


Managing Director, Kyoko Hayakawa

She has more than 35 years of experience as a university staff in administration, communication for internal and external relations, admissions, international affairs, international accreditation, and etc. to develop and manage NUCB Undergraduate School and its parent institution of Kurimoto Educational Institution (KEI ) after she graduated TSUDA University, Tokyo. She started the current position of Managing Director at the NUCB Business School in 2002.


Operation and Management

The NUCB Business School is part of the Kurimoto Educational Institution (KEI) and was established to provide high-quality postgraduate business education. The KEI's Board of Directors determines the KEI's overall strategic direction and appoints one of its members as Dean of the Business School (Graduate school of Management). Subsequently, the remit of the Dean is to develop and implement the School’s own strategic and practical plans in line with the broader KEI strategy. The NUCB Business School has a high degree of both theoretical and practical autonomy in all matters regarding its operation and management. With the exception of major financial decisions, for which it must seek approval from the KEI, within the School’s autonomous remit covers the following:

  • Academic, operational and managerial strategy and planning
  • Programme design and implementation
  • Personnel policy and staff development (including full powers to appoint faculty)
  • International activities, including recruitment, acceptance from and sending students to partner schools and corporate visits
  • Management of most financial resources
  • Promotional and student recruitment activities