In 2000, Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS) was established as a business school that aims to positively impact business practices through academic research. In 2001, ICS launched the Porter Prize, named after Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School, to commemorate the university’s 20-year relationship with Professor Porter, and recognize his generosity and lifelong dedication to the development of the theory and practice of competitive strategy. The Porter Prize not only celebrates companies that compete on unique competitive strategy and realize a level of profitability that exceeds the industry average, but it also demonstrates our commitment to contributing to the vitality of the business community and society.
Last January, my classmates and I visited the Trusco Nakayama (“Trusco” hereinafter) logistics center in Saitama, Japan to learn about its management and operations. We were very impressed by the state-of- the-art logistics technologies and unique human resource management system.
Next week, Hitotsubashi ICS will host the 18th edition of the Porter Prize, a highly anticipated annual event. The Porter Prize is awarded to businesses that display especially distinctive and competitive business strategies in a particular industry, in three major categories: