ABOUT THE GSM Teaching Staff
Hara, Shinji

Regional Management
Creativity and Regional Development
Practical Creative Work

Shinji HARA graduated in human geography from the University of Tokyo in 1990. After finishing doctor course of the University of Tokyo, he joined the faculty of Economics, Kagawa University in 1995. He was engaged in founding a new business school at Kagawa University in 2004, which uniquely put focus on MBA training for regional development. He became a professor at Graduate School of Management in 2011. He was appointed as the dean of the business school in 2015. His research topics include economic geography of industrial cluster, global project management, Hollywood movie industry and its global structural change, and creativity-based regional development. He carried out both quantitative and qualitative approach in his various researches. In 2014, he started a new course called “Creativity and Regional Development” aiming at training skills to develop a movie script with more regional elements as creative input and also to develop a business plan with collaboration of movie project and various local industry. The course is uniquely programed by hybrid of methods from both screenwriting in Hollywood and regional and organizational research including intensive fieldwork. He was a visiting scholar at UCLA between 1998 and 2000, and between 2011 and 2012 as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar.

Min, Kyunghyun

Marketing Strategy
Marketing Research

Kyunghyun MIN is a professor of GSM (Graduate School of Management) at Kagawa University. He joined the faculty in 2012. He obtained a Ph.D. in International Studies, an MBA (Master of Business Administration) and a B.A. in Economics from Waseda University. Prior to joining GSM, he worked as a researcher for 4 years at Waseda University and was a Visiting Professor from 2018 to 2019. Dr. MIN's research is predominantly in marketing strategies based on consumer behaviour. He has conducted research on various strategic options in marketing including business and product development, consumer behaviour in the stores and communication methods with the market. His current research examines the moderator variables for advertising effectiveness in the stores and the dimensionality of the commercial district and store personality. Dr. MIN’s lecture is based on the basic premise that the rapidly changing rules of competition between companies in the current market environment require a change in the paradigm of marketing strategy. Through his lecture, students can understand the overall process of strategic planning process from finding the strategic tasks to analyzing data and deriving solutions.


Management Theory
Qualitative Methodology

Kazuhiko ITAYA received his MS in Coordinated Sciences in 1986 from the University of Tokyo. He received his PhD in Engineering in 2002, and also received his PhD in Arts and Sciences in the Department of General Systems Studies at the University of Tokyo in 2010. He joined the Toshiba Corporation in 1986 and had worked on the research and development and on related new business for more than 30 years. He was a visiting scholar at UCSB between 1993 and 1995. He was also appointed as the professor of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in 2013. He became a professor at Graduate School of Management in 2017. Dr. ITAYA, using qualitative methods, explains various creative activities of knowledge workers in the organization. He also proposes creativity-promoting management systems using social experimental methods. He has broad experience in business as well, as a researcher in technology at a technology-related company and as a business professional, aiming to take advantage of technology effectively in the service sectors. He believes that creativity of knowledge workers is strongly required in today’s various management organizations of companies and regional communities. He received an award of PICMET '17 Conference Brad W. Hosler Outstanding Student Paper Award Nominating Professor in 2017.


Management Accounting

Masanobu Nakamura’s main research interest is in management control system for project management. Management control system is the central concept of management accounting. Project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result. A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources, and a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal (PMBOK® guide). Dr. Nakamura has about 20years experience as management consultant, and is, now, interested in project management for new product development by Japanese manufacturers and is trying to utilize management control system for new product development by project. In the 21st century, a lot of Japanese manufacturers have to try to launch attractive products, efficiently, by using project management, in accordance with the change speed of market. He is leading the co-research with Asian researchers for Japanese manufacturers. Dr. Nakamura gives advanced lectures on ‘accounting’ and ‘management accounting’ using concrete cases built upon the experiences as management consultant and the advanced lecture in Meiji University and . He intends to show the essence of management accounting and to support motivation for creativity and inquisitive mind in a learning atmosphere.

Miwa, Nishinaka (nishinaka.miwa)

Strategic Management

 Miwa Nishinaka is a professor at Graduate School of Management, Kagawa University since 2019. She was an associate professor at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies from 2016 to 2019. After she obtained her Ph.D. in Knowledge Science in 2015 at Japan Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (JAIST), she joined as a researcher at JAIST in 2015 to 2016. She had worked for a global IT company as a project manager before that. Her research interests lie in management theory, knowledge management, organizational studies. Her current research includes regional strategy model for promoting meso-level community formation aiming at regional well-being as value. Strategic management, as one of her fields of specialization, is offered in a lecture course. The purpose of this course is to understand the standard theories and frameworks through lectures and discussions with cases. It will incorporate exercises so that the students can formulate strategies in practice. The strategic perspectives and methodologies which students learn in this course are effective not only for corporate management, but also for regional management, NPOs, and even individual strategies. This lecture is also designed to deepen understanding of the fundamentals of value creation and innovation as well, which are important in considering the future-oriented vision for a local region, and belonging organizations including a company.


Theory of Social Entrepreneur
Regional Tourism Management

Katsunori Sato is an associate professor at Graduate School of Management in Kagawa University.. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Tohoku University in Japan and an MSc degree in Business and Commerce at Keio University, Japan. His research focuses on the possibility of Social Business in developed countries. He is particularly interested in regeneration of tsunami affected areas in Japan. During his doctoral work he studied "Designing Community Development:Neo-Contingency Approach to Community Building Organizations" in Japan. And he has volunteer experiences in several non-profit organisations.


Economic Analysis
Regional Economic Analysis
Personal Website

Kohei NAGAMACHI is an associate professor at the graduate school of management, Kagawa University since 2014. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Tokyo in 2015. He was a research associate at the graduate school of economics, the University of Tokyo between 2012 and 2014, and also a visiting scholar at the department of economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid during the 2012 winter. His research areas are urban economics and new economic geography. In particular, he is interested in the distributions of skills and technologies across cities and their impacts on macroeconomic outcomes, inequalities, and welfare. Cities are the essential spatial unit for the organization of economic activity in the modern economy, as suggested by the fact that people and firms (in particular, skilled people) continue to agglomerate in cities to get close to each other even after the development of information and communication technology. He has studied theoretically how ex-ante identical locations sort themselves into different sets of skills, technologies, and functions, leading to the rise and fall of locations and the emergence of urban hierarchy. He currently focuses on quantitative and empirical analysis on structural transformation and the rise of the knowledge/intangible economy in developed countries from the perspective of the system of cities. He provides courses in microeconomics and spatial economics, which help managers and policymakers in decision/policy making and program evaluation.


Organizational Behavior
Human Resource Management

As society becomes more globalized and diversified, how to face diverse working individuals and enhance organizational capabilities is required for the next-generation management in organizations. I have two courses focusing on working individuals called “Organizational Behavior” and “Human Resource Management”. In my research, I have focused on “relationships between working individuals and corporate organizations (organizational commitment, organizational climate/culture, working motivation, etc.)”, “working style” and “career”. My early research had dealt with "telework", "work-life balance" and "diversity" in the private think tank as my first career. In 2009, I mastered a degree of Ph.D. (Keio University) with an article of “A study on Life-Career and Worthwhileness of Working” and have been engaged in career development and career support afterward. Recently, I am conducting research on “Dynamism of working motivation in life career”. The main theory of working motivation had been refined for young adults. In today's aging society with a declining birthrate, there is a limit to its explanatory power. Moreover, it is meaningful to conduct this research and disseminate the results in Japan, where aging is progressing globally. I try to build working motivation theory for middle-aged and older adults in order to realize a lifelong active society.

Sotta, Kazunari

International Management
Business Concept Theory

Kazuanri SOTTA graduated in faculty of economics from the University of KEIO and he joined Marubeni Corporation in 1979. He experienced a wide range of fields such as steel trade, middle east Kuwait residencey,information industry,startup of a business company,and engaged in internal audits for the entire group. While working in Marubeni Corporation, he finished master course of Aoyama Gakuin Accounting Profession Graduate School in 2014. After leaving Marubeni Corporation in 2015,he became a professor at Kagawa University Graduate School in 2016 and he was appointed as specially professor of the business school in 2019.His research topics include that global business field, business concept(venture business) and developing entrepreneurship.He clarifies success factors, failure factors, and issues related to general trading companies and regional SMEs trade for global business field. As a practitioner faculty member, he takes advantage of our 37 years of experience as Marubeni Corporation. Students acquire management skills, logical thinking skills, judgment skills, and presentation skills can be made. Develop human resources who can play an active role in society in the future. he was in a practical field called Marubeni Corporation as well as an academic field skills required in business situations such as achievement and budget schedule managementing.

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