- Professor Masahiro Kotosaka
Introduction to the discussion
“Japan’s presence in the world is declining.”
This is often heard in news and newspapers.
In 1992, about 10 companies such as Toyota and Mitsubishi Bank were among the top 50 in the world market capitalization ranking. But now, there is only Toyota.
Now, young companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Alibaba currently rank high in the market capitalization ranking.
These ICT startups were born in various countries around the world, and have grown into unicorns that represent startups with a market capitalization of more than $ 1 billion. However, there are few unicorn companies in Japan.
According to the METI, the reason for this is the lack of an environment for investment and entrepreneurial skills training. However, considering that the growth rate of large-scale Japanese companies is sluggish, it seems that the problem lies in the organization.
Finding the problem
Your research in this field focuses on the transition of ICT companies and the contribution of professional management personnel in startups, but in my opinion, problems lie there.
Since one of your paper research was conducted by interview, subjectivity cannot be eliminated. In addition, even if we analyze the changes in the organization of startup companies over time, I am afraid that we cannot understand the problems specific to Japanese startups.
Also, the paper (3) focuses on the career of professional management personnel and their contribution, but in my opinion, the important factor in the growth of startups is the organization to which that person belongs.
This is because it’s the organization that provides us with opportunities for demonstrating our skills and experience and satisfying our needs for self-realization. If the organization does not function well, we can’t contribute to the growth of our company.
Therefore, I would like to compare the startup organization that achieves rapid growth with the large-scale companies that struggle to grow and extract the success factors of the startup companies. Also, I would like to analyze and compare the typical unicorn companies representing the U.S. or China with the Japanese startups.
Examining the conclusion
Through this research, I would like to provide a new aspect for understanding what prevents the rapid growth of Japanese startup companies, and I would like to contribute to the resurrection of Japan’s presence in the business world.
By studying with Professor Masahiro Kotosaka, who has a lot of practical experience and embraces combining theory with practice, and by touching research in a wide range of fields, I am sure that I could obtain various perspectives regarding our research and it would open up new horizons for me.
Therefore, I believe that Keio University’s Faculty of Policy Management is the most suitable place for pursuing my research and social contributions, and I am aspiring to enter your school and study in your laboratory.