[eNews] Widening Exposure to Japanese Family Firms

The HKUST Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Meiji University Graduate School of Global Business, to explore new research opportunities in family business across cultures. 

“The collaboration with Meiji University will allow us access to family businesses in Japan, the country with the largest population of century-old family firms in the world. This helps us understand why Chinese family firms face difficulties to survive beyond three generations,” said Prof Roger King, Founder and Director of the HKUST Tanoto Center.

“We are honored to collaborate with the HKUST Tanoto Center, learn from its insights into Chinese family businesses, and together push back the frontier of Asian family business research,” said Prof Yoshiro Yamamura in charge of the Aoi Memorial Family Business Studies at Meiji University.

Under the MOU, the two institutes will exchange cases they produce and jointly develop new research projects. They will also promote exchanges in education programs. As part of the effort, Prof Konishi Ryuji affiliated with Meiji University, who is also Board Chair of Japan Family Business Academy, delivered a talk introducing Japanese family firms in the HKUST open program “Family Business: Leading Generations of Excellence” in November 2017.

Besides the two Japanese professors, the HKUST Tanoto Center also invited two professors from Tel Aviv University in Israel to join the open program. Further collaboration between HKUST and Tel Aviv University will be announced in the due course.

(From left) Prof Yoshiro Yamamura, Graduate School of Global Business, Meiji University; Prof Roger King, Director, HKUST Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies; and Prof Konishi Ryuji, Chair, Board of Directors, Japan Family Business Academy


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