Center for Research in Business Administration


In order to clarify complex business phenomena and address various management issues, the convergence of specialized knowledge in various fields including economics, management, engineering, and informatics is needed.

The Center for Research in Business Administration, through utilizing our close alliance with both private and public institutions, addresses practical issues, and through them promotes research to solve these issues in management and the utilization of this university's strength as an integration of humanities and science. Based on the results from this research, we also contribute to developing new educational programs at the Graduate School of Management.



To establish effective business models for the social and economic environment, taking into account the progress and trends of the advanced information society, service economy, social systems and standardization.

To provide effective operating platforms for research projects in business administration in order to deal with various collaborations and strategic alliances with governments, universities, international institutions, etc.

To disclose the progress and results of research projects, and work towards the improvement of educational and research standards to nurture professionals with highly advanced specialization.



Yasunaga WAKABAYASHI (Professor) / Director of Center
Kwangmoon KIM (Associate Professor) / Fulltime Faculty
Yoshikazu MAEGAWA (Professor) / Fulltime Faculty
Yoshihiro TOKUGA (Professor) / Graduate School of Management
Yoshinori HARA (Professor) / Graduate School of Management
Hiroyuki MATSUI (Professor) / Graduate School of Management
Hirotaka KAWANO (Professor) / Graduate School of Management
Hideki FUJII (Professor) / Graduate School of Economics
Seil MUN (Professor) / Graduate School of Economics



K.A. Files (Kyoto Academic Files of Management)

K.A. Files is a web based system that aims to share the accomplishments of the students and faculty at the Kyoto University Graduate School of Management, and is accessible to anyone in the world.
Academic Assets such as reports of surveys and research activities are being accumulated, and it is currently possible to view approximately 50 files.
K.A. Files is also linked to the Kyoto University Information repository, KURENAI, allowing for a more effective online search.



Seminars on Demand

Seminars on Demand aims to support the development of business, economic and social activities by responding to requests from external organizations, and conducting seminars or activities for these organizations by sharing the educational and research results accumulated at the university. These seminars are not only offered for domestic businesses and organizations, but are also available to overseas universities and businesses.




Research Studies on Various Institutions’ Management Databases

1. Research/Development Related to Asset Integrity Assessments and Continued Monitoring

We are conducting research and technological development jointly with various businesses and public research institutions in the areas of integrity assessments of assets such as bridges, plant equipment and tanks, in addition to continued monitoring.


2. Research Regarding the Contributions of the Entertainment Business to Society and its Value Assessment

With the assistance of organizations such as the NPO Japan Salsa Association, we are conducting education/research in how the entertainment business contributes to society and its value assessment by focusing on the connections between society and various entertainment genres such as music, dance, film and cuisine.

Hollywood Actor Ken Watanabe
Giving a Special Lecture


Research project for business communication within foreign cultures

In a period where human resources who are able to work globally are in demand, aside from their business skills, the ability to communicate based on mutual understanding and to construct confidential relationships with people from various different cultures and backgrounds is an essential commodity. Therefore, students will discover what kind of English business communication skills are required for conducting business within the global market.


Regional Cooperation

In order to respond to the declining population, declining birthrate and rising elderly population, it is increasingly necessary to look within the regions and create life, work and happiness. We aim to
conduct joint research for the nurturing of personnel or creation of new systems that are needed for sustainable regional development conducted by local governments, organizations and businesses.

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Regarding the Agreements that the Center for Research in Business Administration has with Various Regions

1. Nichinan Town, Tottori Prefecture (July 13, 2009)

Established a cooperative agreement for the aim of conducting joint research in order to bring more activity to the hilly and mountainous regions. Recognizing that this town is“ Japan 30 years from now,” where the population is both rapidly aging and decreasing in number, we aim to clarify the actual conditions.


2. Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture (December 27, 2011)

Established a cooperative agreement for the aim of sustainable regional development.
By utilizing the agricultural industries and tourism resources/personnel of the Amakusa region, we hope to contribute to“ business startup support” or the “creation of projects to activate the region” in order to help create life, work and happiness.


3. Asuka Village, Nara Prefecture (January 21, 2012)

With tourism that focuses on“ making everything a museum,” we established a cooperative agreement for the aim of promoting projects/research that aim to create a balance between the daily life of the residents and regional activation/management.
Graduate School of Management Adjunct Professor Hiroshi Mizohata (Tourism Agency official at the time) lectures on regional activation efforts needed to create a tourism industry,“ Energetic Japan,” and was also responsible for assisting in the establishment of the cooperative agreement.


4. Sanriku Mirai Suishin Center, Iwate Prefecture (October 15, 2013)

Established a cooperative agreement with the aim of sustainable regional development.
We hope to contribute to the recovery of the devastated areas of Iwate Prefecture that were affected by the coastal earthquake by nurturing personnel for“ Creation/Support of Regional Businesses,” that aims to create life, work and happiness within the region.


5. Himeji-Nishi High School, Hyogo Prefecture (October 22, 2014)

We concluded a collaborative agreement with the aim of nurturing global career people. The agreement focused on developing an educational program to nurture global career people and to spread and implement the results of our enterprise and the research findings related to the program.


6. Daigoji Temple, Kyoto Prefecture (October 22, 2014)

A collaborative development agreement was created with the head temple Daigo-Ji for the purpose of activating a historical and cultural zone in the Kyoto southern region where the Daigo-Ji temple will be located at the zone center (="theme area"). After the agreement, through collaborating with various local organizations, the Daigo-Ji area makes it a pivotal sightseeing place with the aim of maintaining a sustainable life for the residents who are associated in the area of renovation and local management.


7. Ama-biZ, Kumamoto Prefecture (February 13, 2016)

A collaborative agreement that will foster a sustainable local business model was agreed upon with Amakusa-city.
The agreements objective is to create“ A supporting environment for an entrepreneurial business foundation within the local area” by creating business opportunities using local resources, in order to encourage the activation and creation of new businesses within the area.


8. Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture (April 18, 2016)

In order to achieve the aim of“ fostering human resources who will assist future generations in Miyazu”, not only to encourage an individual who develops productivity for both community businesses and sightseeing services, but also to pursue joint research for the purpose of constructing a network thus
improving logistics for the local community.

WEBSITE  (January 28, 2016)


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Kyoto University Graduate School of Management Administrative Office

Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Kyoto 606-8501, Japan