Ulrike Schaede

Professor of Japanese Business; Director, Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology; Executive Director, Center on Global Transformation

Ulrike Schaede (ウリケ・シェーデ) is professor of Japanese Business and the head of the International Management track at the School. She is the director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology and executive director of the Center on Global Transformation at the School. She has held research and assistant professor positions at Bonn University and the Philipps-Universtät in Marburg, both in Germany.

Schaede is fluent in Japanese and has spent more than eight years researching and studying in Japan, where she was a visiting scholar at the research institutes of the Bank of Japan, Japan's Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Development Bank of Japan. She has also been invited as visiting faculty to the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, the Harvard Business School, Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

The leading authority on Japanese business organization, strategy and management, Schaede’s book “Choose and Focus: Japanese Business Strategies for the 21st Century” was published in 2008. Her main areas of research are Japan’s corporate strategy, business organization, management, financial markets and government-business relations.

Her current research concerns the management practices of what she calls “New Japan” companies: highly profitable, Japanese companies that have assumed global supply chain leadership in 21st century materials and components. 

Education and CV

Ph.D., Japanese Studies and Economics, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, 1989
M.A., Japanese Studies and Economics, Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn, Germany, 1987
Translator's Diploma in Japanese, Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn, Germany, 1985

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Professor Schaede is an authority on Japanese business organization, strategy and management. Her recent book, “Choose and Focus: Japanese Business Strategies for the 21st Century” argues that Japan has undergone a strategic inflection point so fundamental that relying on what we used to know about Japan from the 1980s is insufficient to understand the new Japanese competitiveness. In addition to analyzing this recent shift away from diversification to focused, lean organizations among Japan's leading companies, Schaede's research also includes the newly emerging takeover market in Japan, venture capital and startups as well as changing employment practices. Previous research has addressed regulation and government-business relationships in Japan; financial markets; corporate governance; welfare policies and small-sized companies in a changing Japan; and the role of trade associations and antitrust policy.

Current Projects

Schaede's ongoing research concerns corporate renewal and changing business strategies towards refocusing and competitiveness, as well as entrepreneurship in 21st century Japan.

Professional Activities

Member, Academic Advisory Board, DIJ (German Institute for Japanese Studies) Tokyo, Max-Weber Stiftung Germany, 2012-present. 

Member, Editorial Board, Contemporary Japan (Journal of the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo), 2009-present.

Member, International Editorial Board, Asien, 2004-present.

Research Associate, Columbia Business School, Center on Japanese Economy and Business (1999-present).

Member, Editorial Advisor Board, The Japanese Political Economy (2002-present).

Member, Academy of Management.

Member, Association of Japanese Business Studies.

Member, Association of Asian Studies.

Executive Member, Science Advisory Board, German Society for Asian Studies (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde, Wissenschaftsbeirat) (2000-2004).

Member, Japan Task Force, Pacific Council on International Policy (2001-2003).


Schaede has written multiple books and papers on Japanese business organization and Japan's financial system. Her recent book, “Choose and Focus: Japanese Business Strategies for the 21st Century,” was published in 2008. Her co-edited volume with William Grimes, Japan's Managed Globalization: Adapting to the 21st Century (M.E. Sharpe 2003), analyzes the effects of changing Japan on international political economy. In 2000, Schaede published Cooperative Capitalism: Self-Regulation, Trade Associations and the Antimonopoly Law in Japan (Oxford UP), which analyzed anti-competitive behavior through industry associations in the postwar period (1950s-1990s). Other publications include articles on regulation such as “The ‘Old Boy’ Network and Government-Business Relationships in Japan" and "Cooperating to Compete: Determinants of a Sanctuary Strategy Among Japanese Firms.” Her research on Germany includes a paper titled “Functional Change and Bank Strategy in German Corporate Governance.” 

Recent working papers discuss changes in Japan’s main bank system and corporate restructuring, entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as Japan in the current economic crisis. 

Recent Papers

"Shared Decision-Making in Patients With Prostate Cancer in Japan: Patient Preferences Versus Physician Perceptions," Journal of Global Oncology, 2017.

"The market for corporate subsidiaries in Japan: An empirical study of trades among listed firms," Journal of The Japanese and International Economies, 2014.

"Sunshine and Suicides in Japan: revisiting the relevance of economic determinants of suicide," Contemporary Japan, 2013.

"Self-Employment in Japan: A Microanalysis of Personal Profiles," Social Science Japan Journal, 2013.

"Globalization and the Reorganization of Japan's Auto Parts Industry," in: International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 2009.

"Changes in Corporate Restructuring Processes in Japan, 1981-2007," Working Paper, Center on Japanese Economy and Business.

"Poverty and Politics: Evaluating Public Assistance in Japan," paper prepared for the 2006 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association in San Diego. Please do not cite without our permission.

Publications of Note

For a complete list of publications, please refer to Schaede's CV.

Recent Publications


Op-Ed Pieces

問題山積の米国制度、良い国は絶対まねをしてはいけません!米国人すら問題視、制度直輸入からの脱却を Nikkei Business Online (Japanese). Dec. 9, 2014.

「大は小を兼ねる」は間違い「多すぎず、少なすぎず」が仕事の質を高める Nikkei Business Online (Japanese). Oct. 27, 2014.

稼ぐドイツ人は5時に仕事が終わる 日本とドイツのワーク・スタイル格差から得られるグローバル・マインドセットの教訓 Nikkei Business Online (Japanese). Sept. 29, 2014.

日本人の「大企業病」が起業を阻んでいる Nikkei Business Online (Japanese). Aug. 25, 2014.

終身雇用と成果主義は、同時に実現できます 日本雇用構造における3つの“S”を考える Nikkei Business Online (Japanese). July 22, 2014.

東京の地下鉄は、世界一なのです!Nikkei Business Online (Japanese). June 24, 2014.

「失われた20年」は、実は「成長痛の20年」でした Nikkei Business Online (Japanese). June 9, 2014

日本に多大な利益をもたらす製品、それはスマホです!Nikkei Business Online (Japanese). May 26, 2014.

ニッポンの魅力は、「スシ」より「スイカ」!Nikkei Business Online (Japanese). May 12, 2014.

“Abenomics Needs Cheap Nuclear Power to Work.” Bloomberg. June 2, 2013.

“Japan’s Evolving Business Strategies.” Interview in The National Bureau of Asian Research. May 7, 2012.

"Let Tepco Go Bankrupt, If it Must" with Takeo Hoshi and Anil Kashyap. The Wall Street Journal. April 19, 2011.

【オピニオン】東電は必要なら破綻も-電力会社は銀行ではない (Japanese)

Ulrike Schaede