I am a Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard Business School, where I study organizational theory and strategic management.
I bring a long-term historical perspective to the questions of how businesses and society are reciprocally related to one another. I explore this issue through the lens of leadership and strategic management. Grounding on one of the oldest questions in social sciences—one about the relationship between societal values and institutions and organizations, I advance a view that many aspects of strategic and innovation management involve moral choices irreducible to the works of boundedly-rational cognitive miser. In doing so, I bring back the notion of managerial “value infusion”—a process by which managers instill value and meaning in organizations and institutions beyond the technical requirements of the task at hand—into strategic management research. I have so far pursued this agenda by exploring both external and internal sources of managerial values—(1) how nationhood and national values affect strategic organizational behaviors (external sources) and (2) how organizations overcome (or get trapped by) their long-standing legacy and traditions (internal sources).
Across projects, I use both qualitative and quantitative methods, seeking to develop novel theories based on concrete social and organizational phenomena using qualitative data such as archival methodologies, interviews, and field observations, and to elaborate and evaluate those theories using quantitative archival and survey data.
My research has been recognized as the winner of Best Student Paper Award and the runner-up for Best International Paper Award from the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management (2020). I was also named the finalist for Best Conference Paper Prize and Best Conference PhD Paper Prize by Strategic Management Society (2020). I am also the recipient of Funai Overseas Scholarship from the Funai Foundation for Information Technology—its first recipient in the field of management and organizational studies.
I earned a B.A. in Social Studies from Wesleyan University, where I studied economics, government, history, and philosophy. Before joining HBS, I worked as a research assistant at Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy in Tokyo.
I also teach, practice, and compete in Judo and hold a Sandan (third-degree black belt).
I am from Hokkaido, Japan.
Ph.D. Candidate in Business Administration
Office: Morgan 328, Harvard Business School
Tel: (617) 852-6616
Visit: Yusaku’s HBS Website