Archive for January, 2007

Reading list on academic writing

January 24, 2007 Leave a comment

Colquitt, J. A., & Ireland, R. D., 2009. From the editors: Taking the mystery out of AMJ‘s  reviewer evaluation form. Academy of Management Journal, 52(2): 224-228.

Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. W. 2003. The craft of research. 2nd. ed., Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Cumming, L. L., & Frost, P. J. 1995. Publishing in the organizational science. 2nd ed., CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Day, A. 1996. How to get research published in journals. Hampshire, England: Gower Publishiing Ltd.

Kilduff, M. 2006. Editor’s comments” publishing theory. Academy of Management Review, 31(2) , 252-255.

Miller, J. E. 2005. The Chicago guide to writing about multivariate analysis. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Categories: Research


January 23, 2007 Leave a comment

This is another new book bought from the bookshop in Haneda Airport this January.

It mainly discussed R&D management in Japanese pharmaceutical industry and compare its with current understanding in the field of technlogiy/innnovation management. The first half of the book does analyze R&D experience in Japanese pharmaceutica firms, but the second half mainly describes existing theories and arguments related with R&D managemnt, and make comparision work between the finding derived from the first part and previous studies.

If one can’t have time to read books of Clark and Fujimoto (1991), Iansiti (1998), and Cusumano and Selby (1995), you can take a shot from this book to grasp main ideas from these English academic works in Japanese.

Except as it may be he first book discussed R&D management in Japanese pharmaceutical industry in recent years, I don’t think the arguments or researches the author did is as comprehensive as Pisano (1996) did. What really surprise me is the author even didn’t cite any arguemnt from Pisano (1996).

The focus of Pisano (1996) mainly concerned both the development activities and performances of in pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, I believe this book is a good reference for any beginer who try to grasp how R&D activities are executed in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. I am not sure whether the author read or cite Pisano (1996) or related works in his pervious research works that were the basis of the new Japanese book.

This book is good for people who are new to the topics of R&D management and interested in Japanese pharmaceutical industry, but may not satisfy those who expect to find a comphrensive survey or analysis how R&D management practices in Japanese pharmacetuical industry.


桑嶋 健一, 2006. 不確実性のマネジメント-新薬創出のR&Dの「解」, 東京: 日經BP社

Clark, K. & Fujimoto, T. 1991. Product Development Performance. Boston: HBS Press.

Cusumano, M. & Selby, R. W. 1995. Microsoft’s Secrets. NY: The Free Press.

Iansiti, M. 1998. Technology Integration. Boston: HBS Press.

Pisano, G. 1996. The Development Factory. Boston: HBS Press.

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January 13, 2007 Leave a comment

Case method has been used in the fields of business education and corporate training widely. When business schools in Western countries have dominated the development of using case methoed in their different programs. There are not many books or information about how case method is used in the East, such as China and Japan.

I found the book “実践!日本型ケースメソッド教育” , written by Dr. Haruo Takagi and Mr. Shinichi Takeuchi, that may be the first Japanese book focus on using the case method in the corporate training. It contains an appendix entitled as FAQ for the case method, which gives quick hints for people who like to grasp the ideas of using case method.

Because there are not many books soley discuss case teaching, especially in non-English spoken countries, this book fills up that gap and lets those who interst case teaching know how case teaching for the corporate training in Japan may look like.

As far as I know, even the original idea of using the case method in business education learned from the experience of Harvard Business School, only Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada regually offers the workshops both for case writing and teaching.In fact, we can find cases for teaching through individual schools or the insttituion like ecch. It can be expect that more and more cases would be developed in those non-Western context, that may call for coverging of teaching with the case from different sources and in different contexts.

See also,

Takagi, H. 2002. Case method: Enhancing your leadership. Diamond Harvard Business Review, Nov., 42-50. ( in Japanese)

Categories: Books