Ritsumeikan University | Graduate School of Technology Management

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Akio NAGAHIRAProfessor

M.S. in Economics in 1996 from Tohoku University
Ph.D. in 1999 in Technology Management from Tohoku University
Field of Research
R&D Management,
New Product Development,
Technology Management,
Intellectual Property Management
Risk Management
Theme of Research
R&D Management,
New Product Development
Technology Management
Intellectual Property Management
Business Continuity management


Akio Nagahira received his M.S. in Economics in 1996 from Tohoku University, and he received his Ph.D. in 1999 in technology management from Tohoku University. Before joining the Tohoku University in his current capacity, he had worked for the Development Bank of Japan, Japanese Government founded, for 20 years (1979-1999). In 1999 he moved to Tohoku University and he was the professor at the Graduate School of Engineering in Tohoku University until at the end of March in 2019. He is presently the professor at the Graduate School of Technology Management in Ritsumeikan University since at the beginning of April in 2019. He is currently engaged in researches regarding R&D management and production management of manufacturing firms. Dr. Nagahira is a member of the Academy of Management of U.S.A., the Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management and the Academic Association for Organizational Science of Japan.

Selected Publications

  • The effect of inbound open innovation on firm performance in Japanese manufacturing firms: comparative study between research center and business unit, International Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 23, No.2, p.23-42(2019).
  • The Fuzzy front end of Japanese new product development projects: impact on success and differences between incremental and radical projects, R&D Management, Vol.38,No.1,p.1-19(2008).

Affiliation with Academic Associations

  • The guest professor of the College of Administration of Huazhong University of Science & Technology in China.

Academic Awards

  • Distinguished Paper Award:2017.7.6 in 2017 International Conference on Business and Information
  • Distinguished Paper Award:2015.10.10 in Japan Society for Research Policy and Innovation Management