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! Today's recommender is Ken Kusunoki. Ken recommends THE book to read instead of three books to read during this pandemic. Enjoy Reading!!Professor Ken Kusunoki's Pick:The Road to Character, David BrooksThe "COVID-19 crisis" seems to give us a nice opportunity to rethink our assumptions and attitudes to life and society. The author suggests that we have been living in a bit too selfish way, gradually loosing humility and decency. We have been likely to assume that the world and society should be convenient for us. This book urges you to reconsider the meaningfulness of your life.---About Prof. Ken Kusunoki:
Ken Kusunoki received his BA and MBA from Hitotsubashi University and completed the Doctoral Program at the Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of Commerce. He has been a faculty member at Hitotsubashi University since 1992 and joined the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy in 2000.
Professor Kusunoki’s research has appeared in many books, including It Starts from Your Likes and Dislikes (Bungei Shunjyu, 2019, in Japanese) Likes, Dislikes, and Talent (Toyo Keizai Shimposha, 2016, in Japanese); Anyway You Want It, That’s The Way You Need It(Diamond-sha, 2016, in Japanese); Likes, Dislikes, and Management (Toyo Keizai Shimposha, 2014, in Japanese); Reading Strategies (President-sha, 2013, in Japanese); Logic in the Sense of Management (Shincho-sha, 2013, in Japanese); Competitive Strategy as a Narrative Story (Toyo Keizai Shimposha, 2010, in Japanese); and Dynamics of Knowledge, Corporate Systems and Innovation (edited by H. Itami, K. Kusunoki, T. Numagami, and A. Takeishi, Springer, 2010), among others. In addition, Professor Kusunoki has written more than 30 articles for Organization Science, Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Human Resource Management Journal, Business Review (in Japanese), Organizational Science (in Japanese), and other academic journals, as well as a number of articles for business magazines.
Professor Kusunoki specializes in strategy. He has conducted consulting and executive seminars for many leading Japanese and global companies.