ICJS Event: Business Economics talk - Alberto Moel on "Monomaniacal Monozukuri: Japan's Hidden Asset"

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
7:00 p.m. (talk starts at 7:30 p.m.)
TUJ Azabu Hall 316 (Access)
Alberto Moel
Open to general public. You can purchase a bento and drinks at the convenience store next to the university.
Registration closed

Alberto Moel

Monozukuri (“making of things”) is ingrained in Japanese business culture. However, Japan’s leadership in this environment is under threat. First, from the shift of the world economy towards intangible innovation, such as the rise of the internet and the ecosystem of innovation around it; second from the rise of competitors also skilled in the art of “making of things”, and third from Japan’s own demographic trends and its inability to reallocate resources effectively in response to changing market conditions.

But Japan has a “hidden asset” A detailed look at components and materials, manufacturing processes, and manufacturing equipment in many leading-edge industries and technologies such as flat panel displays, semiconductor manufacturing, composites, and ceramic materials, shows that many “unknown” small and medium-sized Japanese companies are the undisputed leaders in many of these products and technologies. They are practically unbeatable.

After graduating from MIT in 1992 with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Alberto joined Toshiba Corporation. He returned to the US to attend Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar. He stayed on at HBS on the faculty as Lecturer and Charles M. Williams Fellow in Finance at Harvard Business School. After HBS, he joined Monitor Group. In his current consulting work he specializes in technology strategy and corporate finance. (for more info visit http://www.monitor.co.jp/)

About ICJS
The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.