MEET PROF. TAKAHIRO FUJIMOTO
Faculty Fellow (until April 30, 2009)
Professor of Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo
Executive Director, Manufacturing Management Research Center
Senior Research Associate, Harvard Business School
Research into Japanese Companies' Architecture and Design Processes
An Empirical Analysis on the Increasing Complexity of Artifacts, Design Processes and Product Architectures
Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo
Takahiro (Taka) Fujimoto is a professor, Faculty of Economics at University of Tokyo, Executive Director of Manufacturing Management Research Center (MMRC). He is also Faculty Fellow of Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Senior Research Associate at Harvard Business School.
He specializes in technology and operations management. Fujimoto graduated from Tokyo University and joined Mitsubishi Research Institute in 1979. He received doctoral degree from Harvard Business School in 1989. Fujimoto's main publications in English include: Competing to Be Really, REALLY Good (2007), The Evolution of a Manufacturing System at Toyota (1999) and Product Development Performance: Strategy, Organization, and Management in the World Auto Industry (1991) with Kim B. Clark.
His long-term research objectives have been technology and operation management. More specifically, in three areas: production management, product development, and suppliers management. In production management, He has made functional and evolutionary analyses of the so-called Toyota-style manufacturing system. Also, a study of paint body storage management, which reflects firms' organizational capabilities in manufacturing, is now making progress. In product development, Prof. Takahiro has studied impacts of three-dimensional CAD (digital information technologies) on lead time reduction, as well as inter-industrial comparison of effective product development. In suppliers management, key properties of the Japanese suppliers system and their institutional complementarity, as well as historical implication of black box parts and modularization, have been investigated empirically.