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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 Prof. Satoko Suzuki!
Enjoy reading!Professor Satoko Suzuki's Picks:1 & 2. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind & Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow , Yuval Noah HarariThe COVID - 19 outbreak is an unprecedented situation that has resulted in numerous challenges. Professor Harari's two books allow us to think about the past, present, and future of human beings and civilization.Professor Harari has also recently published an article titled " In the Battle against Coronavirus, Humanity Lacks Leadership" in TIME magazine.3. The Culture Map: Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done Across Cultures, Erin MeyerThe government, as well as firms' leadership and actions to the COVID-19 outbreak was different across countries. Understanding cultural differences allows us to better see why such differences happened.---About Professor Satoko Suzuki:
Satoko Suzuki received her MBA and DBA from Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University. Her industry experience includes product management at Nihon L’Oreal and consulting at Boston Consulting Group. She has held faculty positions at the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University; Kyoto Sangyo University; Waseda University; Waseda Business School; and University of Brawijaya, Indonesia.
Her most recent papers include “When a smile does no good: Creativity reduction among avoidance- versus approach-oriented individuals in dyadic interactions” in International Journal of Innovation Management (won Best Presentation Award at the 78th Annual Convention of the Japanese Psychological Association and featured as a newspaper article in Mainichi Shimbun, June 22, 2016), “Consuming “to have no self”: Kawaii consumption in Japanese women’s identity work” in Advances in Consumer Research, “Contextual effect of wealth on independence: An examination through regional differences in China” in Frontiers in Psychology, “I don’t need an agreement on my inconsistent consumption preferences: Multiple selves and consumption in Japan” in Advances in Consumer Research, “Re-examination of the role of media in the meaning-construction system: Creation of meaning by media” (Japanese) in Studies on Commodities (won Honorable Mention Award at the Japan Society for Commodity Science 2015), and “The diffusion of innovation and legitimation process: The case of ‘jibun e no gohoubi’ [self-reward] consumption” (Japanese) in Hitotsubashi Business Review (won Best Paper Award at the Hitotsubashi University IIR Summer School 2011). Her selected book chapters include “Culture and social media: Exploration of differences between the U.S. and Japan” in M. R. Olivas-Luján & T. Bondarouk (Eds.), Advanced series in management, Volume 11, Social media and management.
Professor Suzuki’s current research interests lie in the following three areas: (a) cross-cultural consumer behavior and organizational behavior, (b) brand management, and (c) service globalization. She has been invited to various academic conferences to present research, and has been actively providing advice to central and local governments for marketing and globalization.
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 Prof. Hiroshi Ono!
Prof. Hiroshi Ono says that most books that he reads for work are too specialized and technical which would have no appeal to a general audience, for example, statistical methods in the social sciences, handbook of labor economics, etc. So, today, he has given us his top 3 choices of fiction books, which is a great twist in the recommendation line-up we have so far!
Hiroshi explained that he always enjoyed reading fiction, and that he read a wide range of fiction books in Japanese and in English when he was in high school and college. But he started reading more after an editor from an academic journal gave him advice some 20 years ago. The editor suggested that academics can benefit from reading fiction, because it helps them build a good story, and it helps them to write.
We believe this is great advice even for business professionals.
Enjoy reading!Professor Hiroshi Ono's Picks:
1. The Woman in the Dunes. Kobo Abe
(Originally published in Japanese in 1962, English translation available)
This is a satirical account of the life of humans, from youth to marriage and family life, and eventually to death. Abe’s use of symbolism and figurative expressions is brilliant. It’s a timeless classic with a universal theme.
* Japanese readers should read the original version published in Japanese.
2. Keep the Aspidistra Flying. George Orwell
Orwell depicts the irony of a young man who defiantly opposes capitalism and yet is forced to live the mundane life of the English middle class. Orwell at his absolute best.
3. Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck
I have reread this novel several times, most recently last month. It is one of Steinbeck’s most powerful novels, centering on the theme of human existence, frailty and friendship, as well as social inequality and the powerlessness of the working class.---About Professor Hiroshi Ono:
Hiroshi Ono received his BE in mechanical engineering from Waseda University and his MA and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He was later awarded Docent (equivalent to a second doctoral degree) in economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. He writes and speaks extensively on the relationships among motivation, happiness, and productivity in the workplace. He has a special interest in the interplay between demographic change and labor market dynamics in Japan. His latest research focuses on Japan’s work reform, especially on reducing work hours and increasing labor productivity.
Professor Ono joined ICS in 2014. His broad international experience includes professional and academic positions in the U.S., Sweden, and Japan. Professor Ono’s work has won recognition in business-oriented settings including Best International Paper Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association and Top 20 Paper Award from the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. Currently, he serves on the editorial board for the Japanese Journal of Labour Studies, Sociology of Education and Hitotsubashi Journal of Commerce and Management. He is also an Affiliated Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University.
Professer Ono is a frequent contributor and commentator for Japanese and global news media, both print and broadcast. He is the author of Redistributing Happiness: How Social Policies Shape Life Satisfaction (with Kristen Schultz Lee, Praeger Publishing, 2016). His work has been published in the American Sociological Review, Asian Business & Management, Economics of Education Review, Social Forces, and Social Science Quarterly, among others.
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 Prof. Jody Ono, and she includes a podcast as well! Enjoy reading and listening!Professor Jody Ono's Picks:
1. A Letter to G20 Governments, Erik Berglof, Gordon Brown, and Jeremy Farrar
Co-author Erik Berglof has been my career-long mentor and is one of the best people I know. He shaped my own understanding of leadership, and cemented my belief that values-based, intentional leadership does exist and can be developed. Together with former British PM Gordon Brown and Director of Wellcome Trust Jeremy Farrar, he sounds this call to action to the world's richest governments. This call offers an important reminder to our worldviews that although we're all struggling to deal with the pandemic in our own ways, there are many who will be affected far worse than we; and that our common future must always be a global project.
2. Range, David Epstein (book)
Just finished this one, having picked it up after seeing an interview with the author by CNN's Fareed Zakaria. Epstein sets out a fascinating and thought-provoking argument for why the world a) has too many, and listens too often to, specialists; and b) needs more generalists - people who "experiment relentlessly," grasp the entirety of a problem, and make associations across disciplines to innovate in the truest sense.
3. Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me (a weekly podcast of National Public Radio)
One of the wittiest, most faith-in-humanity-affirming news shows ever. Broadcasting out of Chicago, the whip-smart hosts (Peter Sagal, Bill Kurtis) take us through a series of news quizzes with call-in and in-studio guests who entertain and surprise us. Most of all, we take heart in just how comedic anyone can be. Especially now in this crisis, this is good medicine.---About Jody Ono, Adjunct Associate Professor:
Throughout her career, Jody Ono has designed, launched, and supported initiatives that enhance the development of students and professionals. Her experience with leaders and leadership across countries, sectors, and professional levels has enriched her dedication to helping people to define and practice good leadership. At ICS, Ms. Ono guides students in leadership development, supporting them as they cultivate values-based, intentional leadership, expand their global awareness, and craft their visions for the future.
Ms. Ono also serves Mabuchi Motor Co., Ltd., as an Outside Director.
Ms. Ono holds a 2003 M.P.P. from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs), a 1993 M.A. from New York University (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), and a 1989 B.A. from American University (School of International Service). Ms. Ono came to ICS from the instructional staff of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets Center for Leadership Excellence. There, drawing upon her international and cross-sectoral knowledge to contribute broad perspectives, she taught senior-year cadets. Also at Texas A&M, Ms. Ono developed activities, including several executive-level business and policy leadership awards series, for the newly founded Mosbacher Institute of Trade, Economics and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government.
Ms. Ono’s early career included reporting on international trade debates in the U.S. Congress, a stint at U.S. Peace Corps headquarters, and running New York University’s satellite campus in Paris, France. For 12 years, for SITE, Stockholm School of Economics, Ms. Ono worked on international projects to build new centers of excellence for research in economics in Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, and others. She was also part of launching the Global Institute, an alliance of top economics think tanks around the world, in partnership with the Brookings Institution. In these endeavors, Ms. Ono worked alongside leading scholars in economics, finance, political science, statistics, and sociology.