Appointment of Chair of International Christian University Board of Trustees Dr. Hirotaka Takeuchi

Update: May 30, 2019

International Christian University (ICU: Mitaka, Tokyo) Trustee Dr. Hirotaka Takeuchi has been appointed Chair of the ICU Board of Trustees effective June 1, 2019, as the outgoing Chair Mr. Kakutaro Kitashiro completes his term.

Dr. Takeuchi will be the first ICU alumnus to chair the ICU Board of Trustees. He will serve a two-year term until May 31, 2021.


Dr. Takeuchi received his B.A. from International Christian University in Tokyo and M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School from 1976 to 1983, where he taught courses in the MBA program. He joined Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo as an Associate Professor in 1983 and became Professor in 1987. In 1998, he became the Founding Dean of the first state-run business school in Japan (Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy). After retiring from Hitotsubashi in 2010, he joined Harvard Business School as a Professor of Management Practice.


  • Corporate Self-Innovation: Managing Chaos and Creation (H. Takeuchi et al., Chuo Koron-sha, 1986, in Japanese)
  • The Best Practice Revolution (Diamond-sha, 1994, in Japanese)
  • Managing Heterogeneity: The Path to Global Management (H. Takeuchi and Yoko Ishikura, Diamond-sha, 1994, in Japanese)
  • Knowledge-Creating Company (Ikujiro Nonaka and H. Takeuchi, Oxford University Press, 1995)
  • Can Japan Compete? (M. Porter, H. Takeuchi, and M. Sakakibara, 2000, London: McMillan in English, and Diamond-sha in Japanese)
  • Hitotsubashi on Knowledge Management (I. Nonaka and H. Takeuchi, John Wiley & Sons, 2004)
  • Extreme Toyota (E. Osono and N. Shimizu and H. Takeuchi, John Wiley & Sons, 2008)

About ICU:
ICU was established in 1953 to cultivate capable people who serve God and humankind and contribute to lasting peace. As the first liberal arts college in Japan, the university has promoted thorough bilingual education in dialogue-oriented classes.

In the 60 years since the foundation of ICU, a sea change in technology has transformed our economy with AI, robots and big data. However, global issues such as poverty and famine remain unresolved, with such problems becoming ever more complex.

Amidst this background, ICU provides flexible, free-thinking approaches that go beyond narrow specialization to solve global-scale problems. ICU's mission today is to cultivate a substantial number of alumni to spearhead innovative changes in society.

Greetings from Dr. Takeuchi:
In realizing this mission, I will continue to carry out the financial measures and campus improvements my predecessor Mr. Kakutaro Kitashiro successfully implemented. In addition, I will enrich ICU's education and research environment by upgrading our facility management and scholarship program.

Bringing my experience and expertise as an educator to my new capacity as Chair of the Board of Trustees, I would like to pursue the following three visions:

  1. Personal vision:
    "to serve as the bridge between Japan and the U.S.A. collaborating with Harvard and other overseas universities"
  2. Vision for ICU:
    "to make ICU the undisputed leader in Japan on the international front through student and faculty exchanges"
  3. Vision for Japan:
    "to raise the standing of Japanese universities in global competition by leaps and bounds using liberal arts education as the springboard"

Dr. Takeuchi is a professor at the Harvard Business School. He is also a member of the faculty at Harvard University Edwin Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.

Also active in the business world, he serves as an outside board member at Daiwa Securities Group Inc., Brightpath Biotherapeutics Co., Ltd. and Integral Corporation.

In September 2019, he will publish a new book in English with Ikujiro Nonaka from Oxford University Press, entitled The Wise Company. It is a sequel to the award-winning book The Knowledge-Creating Company they published 24 years ago.

On a personal front, he enjoys playing sports with his family members, former students, and friends. He is an avid skier, golfer and an active tennis, baseball, and futsal player. He was on the varsity soccer team during his four years at ICU and now serves as an advisor to the Japan Football Association.

In 2020, he will serve as a volunteer for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which is his second assignment since serving as an interpreter for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

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