■ Drucker Faculty ■
Hideki Yamawaki
Executive Associate Dean, Ito Chair of International Business, and Professor of Management
Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., Keio University
B.A., Keio University


Teaching Interests and Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy, Global Competition, Industrial Economics

Current Research Interests

Sources of International Competitive Advantage

Professional Activities

Hideki Yamawaki is the Ito Chair of International Business and Professor of Management at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont, CA, where he served as Associate Dean from 2006 to 2009, and then as Academic Dean, from 2009 to 2012.  Prior to joining the faculty of the Drucker School, he was Professor of Economics at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, from 1990 to 1997, and a visiting professor at the Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA, from 1995 to 1999.  From 1982 to 1990, he was Senior Research Fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung Berlin in Germany.

At the Drucker School, Professor Yamawaki teaches MBA and Executive courses which include Business Strategy, Competitive Advantage and Design Thinking, Competing in a Global Environment, and Doing Business in Asia.  His current interest is in designing a management program that integrates analytical skills and creative minds to achieve new business opportunities.  His course, offered jointly with the Graduate ID Program at Art Center College of Design, received international recognition.

He has published numerous articles in professional journals and volumes during the past 30 years in the fields of industrial organization, international trade and investment, and international business strategy.  His research has focused on examining the behavior and performance of US, European, and Japanese corporations in international markets.  His recent book, Japanese Exports and Foreign Direct Investment:  Imperfect Competition in International Markets (Cambridge University Press) provides an historical overview of the international competitiveness of Japanese firms and industries in the past 50 years.

Professor Yamawaki has served as a consultant to the government agencies in Belgium and the Netherlands, the European Commission, the World Bank, and the OECD.  In 1995 he was appointed as a member of the Economic Advisory Group at the European Commission (DG II Economic and Financial Affairs).  Professor Yamawaki received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.


Selected Recent Publications

  • "In Search of New Competitive Advantage: Japan's Local Firms in Sustainable Business," (with H. Motoki and K. Hirai), in David Audretsch, Albert Link, amd Mary Walshok (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • "Clusters, Productivity, and Exports in Taiwanese Manufacturing Industries," (with Eric Cho) in Robert M. Stern (ed.), Quantitative Analysis of Newly Evolving Patterns of International Trade: Fragmentation; Offshoring of Activities; and Vertical Intra-Industry Trade. World Scientific Studies in International Economics, 2012.
  • "Economic Environment, Innovation, and Industry Dynamics," in Craig Pearce, Joseph Maciariello, and Hideki Yamawaki (eds.), The Drucker Difference, New York: McGraw Hill, 2009.
  • "What Determines the Profitability of Foreign Direct Investment? Subsidiary-Level Analysis of Japanese Multinationals," (with M. Sakakibara). Managerial and Decision Economics, 2008.
  • Japanese Exports and Foreign Direct Investment: Imperfect Competition in International Markets, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • "The Location Decision of American and Japanese Firms in Europe," International Economics and Economic Policy, 2006.


MGT301 Doing Business in Asia (Hong Kong Program)
MGT340 Strategy    
MGT341 Creating New Competitive Advantage through Design Thinking    


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