Research interests: 

My research interests have broadened over the years. Starting previously from comparative Corporate Governance research between Japan and Germany, I became interested more and more in many aspects of International Business. Speaking in this sense, I am interested in whatever comes into Japan, whether it is people, money or products. Also, I am interested about what Japanese firms do abroad, especially at the area of mergers and acquisitions. My research area covers the following four areas:

  • Corporate Governance : especially research on board room issues
  • Human Resource Management: especially expatriates and behavioral research at M&A issues.
  • Marketing: especially foreign firms coming to Japan, cross country and multi country research
  • Finance: especially M&A research, banking issues.

Research related lectures:

From 2010 teaching at faculty of Kobe University: International Business. Especially teaching at SESAMI Program from 2013 to today: Advanced International Business and M&A.

From 2005 to 2009 Ordinary lecture: Oushuukeizairon (Theory of European Economics and Business). These lectures for 5 consecutive years were delivered completely in Japanese language.

Longstanding guest professorships at other Japanese universities:

  • Konan University (from 2006 until 2014, 9 consecutive years ): Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Governance
  • Doshisha University: Organizational Behavior
  • Ritsumeikan University (from 2009 until today, 2021): International Business and M&A
  • Osaka University of Economics: Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A, in Japanese language) from 2014 until today

Additional foreign guest lectureships and invitations:

  • Harvard Law School (EALS, invitation for sabbatical)
  • Taiwan National Normal University (several years guest professorships)
  • Several universities in Germany: Hamburg University, Hamburg Harburg University, Kiel University, Tuebingen University, Kassel University, Goettingen University and many others for presentations.

Research related membership at research associations International:

  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • Academy of International Business (AIB)
  • Euro-Asian Management Studies Association (EAMSA)
  • Association of Japanese Business Studies (AJBS)

National memberships (in Japan):

  • Management Association (Keiei Gakkai)
  • Japanese Finance Association (Nihon zaimu kanri gakkai)
  • Japanese Finance and Management Association (Nihon keiei kanri kenkyu gakkai)