Ikujiro Nonaka

Robert Pitkethly

in The Oxford Handbook of Management Theorists

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199585762
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Ikujiro Nonaka

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Ikujiro Nonaka was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1935. He lived through the Pacific War in Japan while a small boy and was fired with a desire to compete with the US. The long period of time that Nonaka has spent in the US, combined with education in both Japan and the US, has contributed to his unusual ability to bridge the two cultures and write equally successfully for both a Japanese and US readership. His work has ranged widely over the areas of business strategy and organization studies. However, it is for his work in connection with the establishment of knowledge as an area of specialist study within the field of management studies that Nonaka is best known. This article examines his work in four main areas: strategy and organization studies, self-renewal and innovation management, organizational knowledge creation, and practical wisdom in leadership.

Keywords: business strategy; innovation management; management studies; Ikujiro Nonaka; organizational knowledge creation; organization studies

Article.  6747 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business History

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