Company Profile

Company Name: Nonaka Institute of Knowledge
December 20, 2005 (Former Company Name: Knowledge Institute)
Nonaka Institute of Knowledge (NIK) was established by Prof. Ikujiro Nonaka and some faculty members at Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University.
Office address: 1st Floor, Josuikai Building, 2-1-1 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0003 JAPAN
  • 4 min on foot from Jimbocho Subway Station [Exit A8]
  • 5 min on foot from Takebashi Subway Station [Exit 3a]
Capital: 3.44 million yen
  • – Executive Education
    Based on our experience in MBA education, NIK offers both customized and open executive education programs that respond to the needs or objectives of our client firms. We also collaborate with business schools overseas to provide human resource development programs for the global business affairs. The programs are offered in English and Japanese.
  • – Lecture Room Rental
    NIK offers a rental service of lecture rooms to provide a suitable platform, or “ba,” to make our clients’ learning process fruitful.
Board members: Representative Director Ikujiro Nonaka

Ikujiro Nonaka is a Professor Emeritus at Hitotsubashi University. He received his BA (Political Science) from Waseda University, MBA and Ph.D. (Business Administration) from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Nonaka served as Professor in the Faculty of Management, Nanzan University (1977-1979), Professor in the Faculty of Social Science, National Defense Academy (1979-1982), Professor (1982-95) and Director (1995-98) at the Institute of Business Research, Hitotsubashi University, Dean and Professor at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (1997-2000), and Professor at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University (2000-2006).
As the originator of the Knowledge Creation Theory, Dr. Nonaka is globally recognized as the “guru” of management. His research is centered on knowledge creation and management to foster sustainable and innovative organizations and wise leaders in multiple levels of organizations, such as private firms, public organizations, communities, and nations.

Director Norihiko Shimizu

Norihiko Shimizu received his BA (Economics) from Keio University and MBA from Stanford University. He served as a professor (2000-2003) and a visiting professor (2003-2016) at Hitotsubashi ICS. He also taught at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University (1998-2000) and was a lecturer at Nomura School of Advanced Management (1986-2000), a lecturer at Stanford University (1993, 1997), and a visiting professor at the University of California (1984, 1990). He has more than twenty years of experience in management consulting, including his former career as Director and Vice President of Boston Consulting Group, Inc., based in Tokyo. His areas of expertise are (a) corporate governance and strategy, and (b) organization and leadership.

Auditor Hirotaka Takeuchi

Hirotaka Takeuchi is a Professor at Harvard Business School. He received a BA from International Christian University in Tokyo, and an MBA and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School from 1976 to 1983, where he taught courses in marketing and retailing in the MBA program. He joined Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo as an Associate Professor in 1983 and became Professor in 1987. He returned to Harvard Business School as a Visiting Professor in 1989 and 1990, where he taught “Competition and Strategy.” He came back to Hitotsubashi University in 1990. In 1998, he became Dean of Hitotsubashi ICS, the first state-run business school in Japan, which he facilitated the school’s establishment. After retiring from Hitotsubashi ICS in 2010, he joined Harvard Business School as a Professor. He has consulted many multinationals and has been a frequent speaker at management conferences and seminars around the world. Professor Takeuchi’s research focuses on the knowledge creation process within organizations, competitiveness of Japanese firms in the global industries, and links between strategy and innovation.

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