The need for Japanese companies to nurture global business talent
in order to sustain their growth is both critical and immediate.
At present, however, there is no clear pathway for Japanese companies
to obtain the practical skills needed on a global scale.
At Global Academy, our goal is for every single Japanese to become more competitive
and have more presence on a global scale -- doing so in a short period of time,
similar to how our forefathers regained their strength and established a new era after the Meiji Restoration.
To do so, we need to establish credentials based on global standards.
Global Academy will establish these credentials and create a pathway to nurture
a massive number of global talent in a short period of time.
Co-Founder and Principal
BA, International Christian University, Tokyo; MBA and PhD, University of California, Berkeley. 1976-83, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School. 1983, Associate Professor and 1987, Professor, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. 1998-2010, Dean, Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy. Since 2010, Professor, Harvard Business School. Author or Co-Author: The Knowledge-Creating Company (with Ikujiro Nonaka); Can Japan Compete? (with Michael E. Porter); Extreme Toyota; other books; a number of Harvard Business Review articles, including "The Wise Leader" (May 2011).
Co-Founder and CEO
Eric graduated from the American School in Japan and received a degree in Chemical Engineering from Yale University. Eric spent the next decade starting work for a US bank as a bond and currency trader, and finally as the CEO of Asia for a German securities company. He served in Tokyo, London, NYC, and Düsseldorf. Since then, Eric switched careers to become a technology and education-focused entrepreneur, where he co-founded Agos Japan, Cerego, and Global Academy in the US and Japan. As CEO of Global Academy, Eric currently directs company strategy and operations. He authored a Japanese book called "Social Learning Revolution" in 2008.