Ulrike Schaede

Professor of Japanese Business; Director, Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology

Ulrike Schaede (ウリケ・シェーデ) is professor a of Japanese business at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). She is the founding director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT), and the faculty coordinator of the International Management track at GPS.

Schaede is an authority on Japanese business organization, strategy and management. Her main research interest is to explore Japan’s business system and political economy, with the goals to analyze different systems of capitalism and ways of organizing business, and to identify the social and economic efficiency consequences of these differences. 

Her recent book, “The Business Reinvention of Japan: How to Make Sense of the New Japan and Why It Matters” (Stanford University Press 2020), won the 2021 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize from Japan, as well as the 2021 U.S. Axiom Business Book Award (silver medal, “Economics”). She is also the author of Choose and Focus: Japanese Business Strategies for the 21st Century (Cornell UP), and co-author of “Creating Ambidextrous Organizations: Exploration and Exploitation for Overcoming Inertia” (両利きの組織をつくる: 大企業病を打破する攻めと守りの経営, Eiji Shuppan 2020, in Japanese). She has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and company case studies. Her website, www.thejapanologist.com, features a blog on contemporary topics in Japanese business, society and political economy.

At JFIT, Schaede runs a weekly webinar series called JAPAN ZOOMINAR @ UC SAN DIEGO, where she discusses contemporary Japan with global scholars, business leaders and industry experts. In the classroom, she teaches GPS’s international management capstone class, Strategy and Negotiation, as well as Japan Focus classes, including “Business and Management in Japan”, “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Japan,” and “The Digital Transformation: Japan in the Global Economy”.

Schaede is trilingual (English, German, Japanese), and has spent more than nine years of study and research in Tokyo, Japan. She has been invited as a visiting professor to Hitotsubashi University, as well as the research institutes of the Bank of Japan, Japan's Ministry of Finance, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Development Bank of Japan. She has also been a visiting professor at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, the Harvard Business School, and Stanford University. She is a member of the Advisory Board of IGPI, Inc., Tokyo. She is a Research Fellow at ICF, “Initiative to Co-Create the Future” at Mitsubishi Research Institute, as well as a supporter of the Life Science Innovation Network Japan (LINK-J), both in Tokyo. She also serves on the advisory board of the IN-EAST program at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

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

CV

GPS Spotlight

Ulrike Schaede and the business reinvention of Japan
May 28, 2020 | In this Q&A about her new book, GPS professor Ulrike Schaede breaks down how Japan’s new business architecture and corporate strategies have helped the country remain the third largest economy in the world

Artificial Intelligence and the future of society
June 15, 2018 | A global two-day conference launched a new program with scholars from Europe and Asia to explore the upcoming digital disruption and the research agenda needed to address the critical questions for society, business and policymaking

Office hours: Professor Ulrike Schaede
Dec. 19, 2017 | The GPS faculty member opens up about some of the dearest objects that adorn her office, painting a picture of her professional backstory and personal interests

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Expertise

Schaede is an expert in Japanese business and management, including corporate strategies by large and small firms, corporate governance and private equity, employment and HR practices, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as government-business relations, regulation, financial markets and antitrust. She has published and commented on many aspects of the Japanese economy, and closely follows corporate developments and business matters in Japan.

Research Areas

Schaede has written several books, including  “The Business Reinvention of Japan: How to Make Sense of the New Japan and Why It Matters” (Stanford University Press 2020), “Creating Ambidextrous Organizations: Exploration and Exploitation for Overcoming Inertia” (両利きの組織をつくる: 大企業病を打破する攻めと守りの経営, Eiji Shuppan 2020, in Japanese only), Choose and Focus: Japanese Business Strategies for the 21st Century,” (Cornell UP 2008), Japan's Managed Globalization: Adapting to the 21st Century (M.E. Sharpe 2003), and Cooperative Capitalism: Self-Regulation, Trade Associations and the Antimonopoly Law in Japan (Oxford UP 2000).

She is currently finalized a new monograph on “The Digital Transformation and Japan’s Political Economy” (Cambridge UP, forthcoming).

For further publications and current research output, please visit her CV or her personal website, TheJapanologist.com, esp. here.

Ulrike Schaede