Stuck at home?We asked Hitotsubashi ICS faculty to give us their top 3 book recommendations to read in this COVID-19 environment for our students, alumni, and also our blog readers.With more time on our hands, now is the perfect time to get some quality reading done, whether to make sense of this unprecedented age or to briefly escape from all the COVID-19 news.We will be delivering the recommendations as they come in, so please check our blog every now and then! First-up is Professor Emi Osono! Enjoy Reading!!
Professor Emi Osono's Picks:Very practical book to change leaders' and team members' behavior toward civility.
2. The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten: And 99 Other Thought Experiments, Julian BagginiEasy to read to enjoy thought experiments such as ”Is it right to eat a pig that wants to be eaten?" and stretch your mind.3. The Culture Map: Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done Across Cultures, Erin MeyerThis book will help us to understand some aspects of diversity and how to collaborate better. Many of you may have already read it, but if you haven't already, it is highly recommended.Professor Emi Osono Profile:
Emi Osono received her BA in Commerce from Hitotsubashi University, MBA from The George Washington University, and PhD in Commerce from Hitotsubashi University. She taught in the MBA program at Waseda University’s Business School (Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies) before joining ICS at its inauguration. Previously she worked for Sumitomo Bank.
Professor Osono’s research focuses on competitive strategy, organizational capabilities in innovation and knowledge creation, and organizational capabilities to adopt and change, and she has published on the process of strategy development, competitive strategy vs. innovation, organizational creativity, organizational specificity and knowledge integration, and strategy-level innovation of Japanese companies.
Professor Osono leads the ICS-based Porter Prize award initiative, established to recognize Japanese companies that have achieved and maintained superior profitability in a particular industry by implementing unique strategies.
Her publications include Extreme Toyota: Radical Contradictions that Drive Success at the World’s Best Manufacturer (with N. Shimizu and H. Takeuchi, 2008); The Contradictions that Drive Toyota’s Success (with H. Takeuchi and N Shimizu, Embedded Innovation (with H. Yachi, M. Kodama, and I. Nonaka, 2006, in Japanese). Professor Osono has written many cases on competitive strategy and innovation and conducts executive education in these fields. She serves Lawson and Tokyo Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance as an external board member.