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IDOTA Hiroki

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FacultyDepartment of Public Management / Graduate School of Economics
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DegreePh. D.
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Last Updated :2020/09/03

Education and Career

Education

  •  - 1989 , Kwansei Gakuin University, School of Economics
  •   1998 04  - 2000 03 , Kansai University, Graduate School

Academic & Professional Experience

  •   2013 04 ,  - 現在, Professor, Faculty of Economics Department of Public Management, Kindai University
  •   2018 09 ,  - 2019 08 , Honorary Research Fellow, the CCSR, De Montfort University
  •   2014 10 ,  - 2016 09 , Chair of the Department of Public Management, Faculty of Economics Department of Public Management, Kindai Univerisy
  •   2010 04 ,  - 2013 03 , Professor, Faculty of Business Department of Marketing, Otemon Gakuin Univeristy
  •   2007 04 ,  - 2010 03 , Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Department of Marketing, Otemon Gakuin University
  •   2003 04 ,  - 2007 03 , Associate professor, Faculty of Modern Management Information, Osaka Seikei Univeristy
  •   2002 04 ,  - 2003 03 , associate professor, Common subject laboratory, Osaka Seikei Women's Junior College
  •   1989 04 ,  - 1992 03 , Toyobo Co., Ltd.

Research Activities

Published Papers

  • Conducting Product Innovation by Using Social Media among Japanese Firms, H.Idota, Taher S. A., T. Bunno, M. Tsuji, Journal of STI Policy and Management, Journal of STI Policy and Management, 4(2), 153 - 166, Dec. 2019 , Refereed
  • Empirical Study on Upgrading the Knowledge Level of Consumer-oriented Innovation by Using Network Community, Hiroki Idota, Joji Nakaya, Masatsugu Tsuji, Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Social Implications of Technology and Information Management, Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Social Implications of Technology and Information Management, 13 - 20, Nov. 2019 , Refereed
  • Improving Supply Chain Resilience with Implementation of New System Architecture, Yu Cui, Hiroki Idota, Masaharu Ota, Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Social Implications of Technology and Information Management, Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Social Implications of Technology and Information Management, 7 - 12, Nov. 2019 , Refereed
  • Factors Promoting Collaborative Innovation Using Social Media with Consumers at the Heterogeneous Knowledge Levels, IDOTA Hiroki, Masatugu Tuji, Proceedings of 2019 ITS Asia-Pacific Conference, Proceedings of 2019 ITS Asia-Pacific Conference, 1 - 15, Oct. 2019 , Refereed
  • Panel Data Analysis of Factors Promoting Product Innovation, T. Bunno, H. Shigeno, H. idota, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of 2019 ITS Asia-Pacific Conference, Proceedings of 2019 ITS Asia-Pacific Conference, 1 - 10, Oct. 2019 , Refereed
  • Why Consumers Commit Voluntarily to Collaborative Innovation with Firms by Using Social Media?: Case of Japanese consumers, Hiroki Idota, Joji Nakaya, Masatsugu Tsuji, Proceedings of 30th ITS European conference, Proceedings of 30th ITS European conference, 1 - 24, Jun. 2019 , Refereed
  • How Does Regional Industrial Policy Affect Innovation Upgrading of Local SMEs in the Hansin Area, Japan?, Hidenori Shigeno, Hiroki Idota, Taisuke Matsuzaki, Yasushi Ueki, Masatsugu Tsuji, Proceedings of INEKA2019, Proceedings of INEKA2019, 1 - 34, Jun. 2019 , Refereed
  • Empirical Study on Consumer Innovation by Using Social Media in Japan, IDOTA Hiroki, Proceedings of UK Academy for Information Systems Conference 2019, Proceedings of UK Academy for Information Systems Conference 2019, 1 - 19, Apr. 2019 , Refereed
  • Internal Innovation Capacity and External Linkages in Firms of Asean Economies Focusing on Endogeneity, Ogawa, S, Ueki, Y, Idota, H, Bunno, T, T. Masatsugu, Journal of STI Policy and Management, Journal of STI Policy and Management, 3(2), 97 - 117, Dec. 2018 , Refereed
  • International Comparative Research on IoT-based Supply Chain Risk Management, Yu Cui, Hiroki Idota, Masaharu Ota, Proceedings of 32nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Proceedings of 32nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, 1 - 11, Dec. 2018 , Refereed
  • ICT and Two Categories of R&D in the Innovation Process among Firms in ASEAN Countries Based on Firm-level Survey Data, M. Tsuji, Y. Ueki, H. Shigeno, T. Bunno, IDOTA Hiroki, Proceedings of ITS Europe 2018, Proceedings of ITS Europe 2018, 1 - 27, Aug. 2018 , Refereed
  • Improving Supply Chain Resilience with Establishing A Decentralized Information Sharing Mechanism, Yu Cui, Hiroki Idota, Proceedings of the Fifth International Multidisciplinary Social Networks Conference, Proceedings of the Fifth International Multidisciplinary Social Networks Conference, (23), 1 - 7, Jul. 2018 , Refereed
  • Rethinking of normative theory for social media, NAKAYA Joji, IDOTA Hiroki, 199 - 202, Jun. 2018
  • Online survey on user collaborative innovation using social media, IDOTA Hiroki, NAKAYA Joji, 191 - 194, Jun. 2018
  • RESEARCH ON IOT-BASED SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT --WITH REPRESENTATIVE CASES IN COUNTRIES, Yu Chi, Hiroki Idota, Proceedings for the Northeast Region Decision Sciences Institute (NEDSI), Proceedings for the Northeast Region Decision Sciences Institute (NEDSI), 154 - 155, Apr. 2018 , Refereed
  • Comparative Analysis of Formal and Informal R&D for Innovation in Firms in ASEAN Countries, Masatsugu Tsuji, Hiroki Idota, Yasushi Ueki, Hidenori Shigeno, Teruyuki Bunno, Proceedings of 15th Globelics International Conference, Proceedings of 15th Globelics International Conference, 1 - 25, Oct. 2017 , Refereed
  • Innovation Process of Natural Resource based Firms in Four ASEAN Economics: A SEM Approach, Masatsugu Tsuji, Hiroki Idota, Yasushi Ueki, Teruyuki Bunno, Journal of STI Policy and Management, Journal of STI Policy and Management, 2(1), 1 - 14, Jul. 2017 , Refereed
  • Comparative Analysis of the Innovation Process with Formal or Informal R&D among Firms in ASEAN Countries, Masatsugu Tsuji, Hiroki Idota, Hidenori Shigeno, Yasushi Ueki, Teruyuki Bunno, Proceedings of the 2017 Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy Conference, Proceedings of the 2017 Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy Conference, 1 - 20, Jun. 2017 , Refereed
  • The Effectiveness of Social Media for Business Activities in Japanese Firms, Idota Hiroki, Teruyuki Bunno, Masatsugu Tsuji, The Review of Socionetwork Strategies, The Review of Socionetwork Strategies, 11(1), 33 - 45, Jun. 2017 , Refereed
  • Factors Promoting Product Innovation in ASEAN Economies: From the Viewpoint of ICT Use and Connectivity, H.idota, Y. Ueki, T. Bunno, H. Shigeno, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of Asia Pacific Conference on Information Management 2016, Proceedings of Asia Pacific Conference on Information Management 2016, 80 - 96, Oct. 2016 , Refereed
  • Empirical Analysis on Human Resource Management and ICT Use for Product innovation among Firms in ASEAN Economies, H.idota, Y. Ueki, H. Shigeno, T. Bunno, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of the 26th European Regional Conference, ITS, Proceedings of the 26th European Regional Conference, ITS, 1 - 24, Sep. 2016 , Refereed
  • A Study of the Connectivity to External linkages for Innovation in ASEAN local firms, Y. Ueki, H.idota, H. Shigeno, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of 9th Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Proceedings of 9th Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 1 - 16, Sep. 2016 , Refereed
  • The Effectiveness of Social Media Use in Japanese Firms, H. Idota, T. Bunno, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of the 3rd Multidisciplinary International Social Networks Conference on SocialInformatics 2016, Data Science 2016, Proceedings of the 3rd Multidisciplinary International Social Networks Conference on SocialInformatics 2016, Data Science 2016, 1 - 8, Aug. 2016 , Refereed
  • How Japanese Firms Collaborate with Consumers for Product Innovation by Social Media Use, H. Idota, T. Bunno, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of The 2016 International Telecommunications Society Biennial Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, Proceedings of The 2016 International Telecommunications Society Biennial Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, 1 - 20, Jun. 2016 , Refereed
  • Empirical Study on the Effectiveness of Social Media in Japanese Firms, H. Idota, T. Bunno, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of the ‘2nd Regional International Telecommunications Society, India Conference, Proceedings of the ‘2nd Regional International Telecommunications Society, India Conference, 1 - 23, Dec. 2015 , Refereed
  • Empirical Analysis of Factors Promoting Product Innovation in ASEAN Economies: From the Viewpoint of Absorptive Capacity and ICT Use, H. Idota, T. Bunno, Y. Ueki, S. Shinohara, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of the 26th European Regional ITS Conference to be held in Madrid, Proceedings of the 26th European Regional ITS Conference to be held in Madrid, 1 - 30, Jun. 2015 , Refereed
  • Empirical Study on How Social Media Promotes Product Innovation, H. Idota, T. Bunno, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of the 20th ITS Biennial Conference in RIO DE JANEIRO, Proceedings of the 20th ITS Biennial Conference in RIO DE JANEIRO, 1 - 24, Dec. 2014 , Refereed
  • Innovation in ASEAN Economies: Internal Capability, External Linkages and Funding Sources, M. Tsuji, Y. Ueki, H. Idota, Proceedings of the 14th EAEA conference in Bangkok, Proceedings of the 14th EAEA conference in Bangkok, 1 - 32, Nov. 2014 , Refereed
  • Role of ICT in the Innovation Process Based on Firm-Level Evidence from Four ASEAN Economies: An SEM Approach, H.Idota, Y. Ueki, T. Bunno, S. Shinohara, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of 23th European Regional ITS Conference in Brussels, Proceedings of 23th European Regional ITS Conference in Brussels, 1 - 29, Jun. 2014 , Refereed
  • Covariance Structure Analysis of Innovation and ICT Use among Japanese innovative SMEs, H. Idota, T. Bunno, M.Tsuji, Proceedings of 24h European Regional ITS Conference in Florence, Proceedings of 24h European Regional ITS Conference in Florence, 1 - 22, Oct. 2013 , Refereed
  • The Formation of Internal Innovation Capability and External Sources in ASEAN Economies, M.Tsuji, H. Idota, Y. Ueki, Y. Akematsu, Proceedings of 6th Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Proceedings of 6th Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 1 - 28, Aug. 2013 , Refereed
  • Innovative Capability and ICT Use in Firms of ASEAN Economies, H. Idota, Y. Akematsu, M.Tsuji, Y. Ueki, Proceedings of ITS 6th Africa-Asia-Australasia Conference in Perth, Proceedings of ITS 6th Africa-Asia-Australasia Conference in Perth, 1 - 30, Aug. 2013 , Refereed
  • Empirical Study on ICT Use and Business Strategy for Innovation among Japanese SMEs, H.Idota, T.Bunno, M.Tsuji, Proceedings of ITS 2012 Biennial Conference in Bangkok, Proceedings of ITS 2012 Biennial Conference in Bangkok, 1 - 16, Nov. 2012 , Refereed
  • Empirical Study of the Formation of Internal Innovation Capability in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, M.Tsuji, Y. Akematsu, Y. Ueki, H. Idota, Proceedings of EAEA2012 in Singapore, Proceedings of EAEA2012 in Singapore, 1 - 32, Oct. 2012 , Refereed
  • Evaluation of Economic Value of University Students' Personal Information, H. Idota, Proceedings of APCIM2012 in Seattle, Proceedings of APCIM2012 in Seattle, 1 - 11, Aug. 2012 , Refereed
  • Open Innovation Strategy of Japanese SMEs: From Viewpoint of ICT Use and Innovative Technology, H.Idota, T.Bunno, M.Tsuji, Proceedings of 23th European Regional ITS Conference in Vienna, Proceedings of 23th European Regional ITS Conference in Vienna, 1 - 14, Jul. 2012 , Refereed
  • A study of diffusion and acceptance of an electronic newspaper: The case of an Ehime newspaper, S. Uesugi, H. Idota, H. Okada, M. Ueda, P. Dell, K. Yamaguchi, Proceedings of ITS 5th Africa-Asia-Australasia Conference, 13 -16 November 2011, Perth, Proceedings of ITS 5th Africa-Asia-Australasia Conference, 13 -16 November 2011, Perth, 1 - 12, Nov. 2011 , Refereed
  • Empirical Analysis of Internal Social Media and Product Innovation: Focusing on SNS and Social Capital, H. Idota, K. Minetaki, T. Bunno, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of 22nd European Regional ITS Conference Budapest, Proceedings of 22nd European Regional ITS Conference Budapest, 1 - 20, Sep. 2011 , Refereed
  • Open Innovation Success Factors by ICT Use in Japanese Firms, H. Idota, T. Bunno, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of 2010 European Regional ITS Conference at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Proceedings of 2010 European Regional ITS Conference at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, 1 - 23, Sep. 2010 , Refereed
  • An Empirical Analysis of Innovation Success Factors by ICT Use in Japanese Firms, H. Idota, T. Bunno, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of ITS 18th Biennial and Silver Anniversary Conference at Waseda University, Proceedings of ITS 18th Biennial and Silver Anniversary Conference at Waseda University, 1 - 21, Jun. 2010 , Refereed
  • Empirical Analysis of the Relationship between Industrial Clusters and Innovation of Japanese SMEs, H. Idota, T. Bunno, M. Tsuji, Proceedings of IMAC 11th at the iwb of Technical University in Munich, Proceedings of IMAC 11th at the iwb of Technical University in Munich, 47 - 58, May 2010 , Refereed
  • An Empirical Study of Factors Promoting the Practical Use of Customer's Personal Information in Japan, H. Idota, T. Kurome, T. Shinohara, Proceedings of 19th European ITS Conference in Rome, Proceedings of 19th European ITS Conference in Rome, 1 - 36, Sep. 2008 , Refereed
  • An Empirical Analysis of Factors Promoting IT Use by SMEs: Case of Two SME Clusters in Japan, H. Idota, T. Bunno, M. Tsuji, M. Nakanishi, Proceedings of 9th IMAC Conference in Cuzco, Peru, Proceedings of 9th IMAC Conference in Cuzco, Peru, 1 - 8, Oct. 2007 , Refereed
  • R&D and non-R&D in the innovation process among firms in ASEAN countries: Based on firm-level survey data, Masatsugu Tsuji, Yasushi Ueki, Hidenori Shigeno, Hiroki Idota, Teruyuki Bunno, European Journal of Management and Business Economics, European Journal of Management and Business Economics, 27(2), 198 - 214, 2018 , Refereed
    Summary:Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify factors promoting innovation in the framework of R& D based on surveys conducted on firms in five ASEAN countries, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Design/methodology/approach: The analytical method divided sample firms into two categories, namely, “the R& D group” and “non-R& D group.” The analysis attempts to identify which of the internal capabilities, consisting of technology, human factors and organization factors, promote innovation. Ordered probit analysis is employed. Findings: Findings from the estimations indicate that the two groups pursue product innovation differently. The R& D group promotes innovation by cross-functional teams of production, engineering, and marketing and IT use, whereas the non-R& D group promote product innovation by HRD programs for workers, group awards for suggestions or QC, and ISO9000 series. Research limitations/implications: The number of samples related to the non-R& D group is too small to conduct statistical analysis. External linkages played an important role in the authors’ previous studies. The introduction of external linkages into the model may yield different results, though the analysis would become more complex. Practical implications: The results of this paper provide the solid basis of policy to promote innovation and upgrading SMEs in the region. Social implications: Many ASEAN SMEs successfully achieve innovation without owning specified in-house departments or sections to conduct R& D. Originality/value: The features of this paper lie in the original firm-level survey data and rigorous estimation method using ordered probit analysis, which are new to this literature.
  • Characterizing R&D and HRD in the innovation process of Japanese SMEs: analysis based on field study, Masatsugu Tsuji, Hidenori Shigeno, Yasushi Ueki, Hiroki Idota, Teruyuki Bunno, ASIAN JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, ASIAN JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, 25(2), 367 - 385, 2017 , Refereed
    Summary:To analyse the nature of R&D and HRD among Japanese SMEs, the Japan Team selected the following three firms from the manufacturing industry, depending upon size in terms of the number of employees, types of products, orientation toward innovation and so on. The three firms selected were Dynic, Kyokko Electrics (Kyokko for short) and Maeda Precision Manufacturing (Maeda for short). In the context of formal or informal R&D, Dynic and Kyokko own R&D centres, while Maeda does not, which is due to the size of firms. This study analyses their R&D and HRD organizational structures and implementations and identifies factors which determine the nature of their R&D and HRD. The factors promoting innovation extracted based on the in-depth interviews are (1) the size of firm, (2) types of product and production, (3) seeds of innovation, (4) attitude toward risk and (5) learning process. The common factor acting as the basis for the firms' R&D structure was identified as ISO9001 which three firms commonly introduced and applied. Their HRD are also different, which are due to (1) level of new employees and (2) the size of firm. The policy implications for further promotion of innovation are also discussed.
  • Connectivity in the technology transfer process among local ASEAN firms, Masatsugu Tsuji, Hiroki Idota, Yasushi Ueki, Hidenori Shigeno, Teruyuki Bunno, Contemporary Economics, Contemporary Economics, 10(3), 193 - 204, Sep. 30 2016 , Refereed
    Summary:This study focuses on the role of human factors in the innovation processes of firms in four member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), i.e., Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Firms are required first to obtain new information related to innovation and then to integrate it with their indigenous resources. The innovation process thus consists of the absorptive process, through which outside information is employed to enhance innovation capability, and the transforming process, through which innovation capability creates innovation. This study identifies essential factors that promote these capabilities. In the absorptive process, two types of personnel are examined, i.e., employees who have experience working with multinational companies (MNCs) and those indigenous to the firm. As for the transforming capability, organizational learning processes, including quality control (QC) and cross-functional teams, are examined. Mail surveys were conductedfrom 2013 to 2014, and the total number of samples was 665. Based on the data, structural equation modeling (SEM) is employed. The analysis demonstrates that MNCs have the largest impact as external linkages. The most important mediators for locals to connect with MNCs are top management and factory managers who have experience working with MNCs, whereas indigenous employees, such as local engineers, managers, and line leaders, are identified for connectivity with locals. The direct and indirect effects of external linkages on innovation are also estimated. In the transforming process, cross-functional teams have a larger impact on innovation than QC.
  • Connectivity in the Technology Transfer Process Among Local ASEAN Firms, Masatsugu Tsuji, Hiroki Idota, Yasushi Ueki, Teruyuki Bunno, Hidenori Shigeno, Tomohiro Machikita, 2016 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY (ICMIT), 2016 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY (ICMIT), 264 - 269, 2016 , Refereed
    Summary:This study investigates the mediating role of human factors in absorbing externally available information into product innovations of firms in four Southeast Asian countries. This absorption process consists of two sub-processes, namely the acquisition process from which outside information is employed to the firm's innovative capacity and the transformation process in which innovative capacity creates innovation. This study attempts to identify human elements essential to indigenous innovative capacity building. As such elements may help the absorption process, this study focused on personnel with experience of working with multinational enterprises (MNEs) and indigenous employees of the firm. As for the transforming capability, organizational learning process, including quality control (QC) and cross-functional teams are examined. The analysis indicates that MNEs have the largest impact as external linkages and for the connectivity with external linkages such as MNEs and public organizations and universities, the best mediators are top management and factory managers who have working experience with MNEs, whereas indigenous employees such as local engineers, managers, and line leaders are the best mediators for connectivity with locals.
  • Impact of ICT on innovation: The case of Japanese SMEs, Hiroki Idota, Teruyuki Bunno, Masatsugu Tsuji, Handbook of Research on Cultural and Economic Impacts of the Information Society, Handbook of Research on Cultural and Economic Impacts of the Information Society, 92 - 117, Aug. 17 2015 , Refereed
    Summary:The innovation process in SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises) is complex and in comparison with large firms the causal relationships between promoting factors and innovation have yet not been sufficiently clarified. This chapter attempts to analyze the innovation process using Structural Equation Modeling, in particular focusing on the role of ICT. Seven hypotheses are demonstrated by two models. The results obtained are as follows: (i) top management participation and employee motivation in the innovation process enhance the effect of introducing ICT (ii) the effect of ICT use raises innovation capability, in particular the ability to connect with external linkages (iii) ICT use, innovation capability and external linkages enhance innovation activity and (iv) the effect of ICT use and innovation capability promote innovation directly.
  • Empirical analysis of the relationship between social media use and product innovation: Focusing on SNS use and social capital, Hiroki Idota, Teruyuki Bunno, Masatsugu Tsuji, The Smart Revolution Towards the Sustainable Digital Society: Beyond the Era of Convergence, The Smart Revolution Towards the Sustainable Digital Society: Beyond the Era of Convergence, 79 - 99, Jul. 31 2015 , Refereed
  • How Social Media Enhances Product Innovation in Japanese Firms, Hiroki Idota, Teruyuki Bunno, Masatsugu Tsuji, MULTIDISCIPLINARY SOCIAL NETWORKS RESEARCH, MISNC 2015, MULTIDISCIPLINARY SOCIAL NETWORKS RESEARCH, MISNC 2015, 540, 236 - 248, 2015 , Refereed
    Summary:A large number of firms use social media as new communication tools for obtaining information on consumer's needs and market for developing new goods and services. Authors' previous research found social media use promotes product innovation based on questionnaire data of Japanese firms. However, it was not clear whether social media effected directly on product innovation. This paper introduces a new variable constructed by achievement of product innovation and social media use and utilizes this as a dependent variable. The estimation methods conducted in the previous research are employed for probit analysis. This study finds all estimations have the same results. In addition, this paper also examines what kind of effect of social media is important for product innovation. The effects of social media such as obtaining trends and customer's needs, and opening the FAQ site are found to be useful for achieving product innovation.
  • Product Innovation and ICT Use in Firms of Four ASEAN Economies, Hiroki Idota, Teruyuki Bunno, Yasushi Ueki, Somrote Komolavanij, Chawalit Jeenanunta, Masatsugu Tsuji, MULTIDISCIPLINARY SOCIAL NETWORKS RESEARCH, MISNC 2015, MULTIDISCIPLINARY SOCIAL NETWORKS RESEARCH, MISNC 2015, 540, 223 - 235, 2015 , Refereed
    Summary:In order to achieve successful innovation, firms have to elevate their capability for innovation. ICT becomes one of essential tools of business management. The aim of this papers to examine the causal relationship between ICT use and innovation capability. Based on survey data from four ASEAN economies of Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, this study examines what kind of ICT use such as SCM, CAD/CAM, SNS and so on, has been introduced by firms, and how it enhances internal innovation capability and contributes to achieve innovation. In so doing, to make the concept of internal innovation capability more tractable for empirical analysis, AHP (Analytical Hierarchy Process) was employed to construct an index of internal innovation capability. By using instrumental variable probit estimation (or two Stage Least Square: 2SLS), the following results are obtained: (1) ICT significantly influences to enhance internal innovation capability; and (2) internal innovation capability promotes innovation.
  • An empirical analysis of innovation success factors due to ICT use in Japanese firms, Hiroki Idota, Teruyuki Bunno, Masatsugu Tsuji, Approaches and Processes for Managing the Economics of Information Systems, Approaches and Processes for Managing the Economics of Information Systems, 324 - 347, Jan. 31 2014 , Refereed
    Summary:ICT (Information and Communication Technology) has now become one of the most important sources of innovation, and it contributes to share information on innovation within the firm as well as between firms. The former is referred to as ICT use inside the firm, while the latter as ICT use outside the firm. The objective of the chapter is to analyze how innovation is enhanced by two categories of ICT use based on a survey conducted with respect to 2,260 unlisted Japanese industrial companies in January 2010. This survey asked how ICT is used among respondents and the number of patent applications, which is used as a proxy of innovation. After defining the index of internal innovation capability, how ICT use promotes internal capability and innovation are analyzed using probit estimation. Moreover, the study focuses on open innovation, and these analyses are applied for firms practicing open innovation.
  • Innovation Process in ASEAN Firms: Focus on Internal Capability, External Linkages and Transmission Channels, Masatsugu Tsuji, Yasusi Ueki, Hiroki Idota, Masaru Ogawa, 2014 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY (ICMIT 2014), 2014 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY (ICMIT 2014), 181 - +, 2014 , Refereed
    Summary:Based on survey data from four ASEAN economies, this paper identifies the content of internal capability at the technological level, in managerial organization, and through human resources. To make this concept more tractable for analysis, the index of internal capability using AHP (Analytical Hierarchy Process) was used. This paper also examines using regroups estimation methods how external sources such as MNCs, universities, and public organizations enhance internal capability. This paper also attempts to identify the transmission mechanisms through which external sources influence internal capability.
  • How to conduct business with the Japanese: case study of inward FDI in Japan, Masatsugu Tsuji, Yasushi Ueki, Hiroki Idota, Yuji Akematsu, ASIAN JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, ASIAN JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, 21(2), 157 - 172, Oct. 2013 , Refereed
    Summary:For economic re-vitalization, the Japanese economy is required to attract more inward foreign direct investment (FDI), which brings new technologies and know-how, promotes competition, and raises employment. The Japan Team conducted in-depth interviews in five firms from ASEAN and South Asia. Questions were asked regarding years since the the Japan office was established, how they started the business in Japan, business objectives, competitiveness, public support they received, and problems they face. Since Japan was the second largest market in the world, they targeted the Japanese market to enter. Even if the firms were small, they had clear global strategies about where to invest. These companies had competitiveness to conduct business in Japan, in particular to satisfy the high level of quality. The problems they face in Japan are related to traditional Japanese business practices such as long-term relationships among Japanese industrial groups. Japanese firms had already established strong and closed business ties, and it is difficult for foreign firms to enter, even if they have better technology. To invest in Japan, JETRO and other organizations supported them under the Invest Japan' programme. Although the firms interviewed acknowledged the merit of these supports, more information on know-how regarding conducting business with Japanese firms is desired.
  • Corporate productivity and the stages of ICT development, Satoru Miyazaki, Hiroki Idota, Hiroaki Miyoshi, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & MANAGEMENT, 13(1), 17 - 26, Mar. 2012 , Refereed
    Summary:A number of studies have considered the impact of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on corporate productivity, including the relationship of ICT to corporate structure and business processes. Comparatively less attention, however, has been directed toward the relationship between corporate productivity and the various stages of ICT application development; to date, the only work in this direction has been the proposal of some conceptual frameworks for the development stages of ICT, and no empirical studies have been conducted. In this paper, using individual data from the 2006 Information and Communication Technology Survey conducted by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, we use estimated production functions to quantify how productivity changes with the stages of ICT development. When we classify ICT applications into four stages of sophistication-nonperforming ICT assets, section-wide system applications, company-wide system applications, and inter-corporate system applications-we find that the impact of ICT on productivity increases with each successive stage of sophistication. For instance, when we use a production function that assesses the impact of the ICT development stage on Total Factor Productivity (TFP), we find that companies that have developed company-wide system applications exhibit added-value productivity some 1.07-fold higher than companies that have only progressed as far as the development of section-wide system applications. We also find that companies that have developed inter-corporate system applications exhibit added-value productivity some 1.11-fold higher than companies with only company-wide system applications.
  • A Comparative Analysis of Organizational Innovation in Two Japanese SMEs Groups Generated by Information Communication Technology, T. Bunno, H. Idota, M. Ogawa, M. Tsuji, 2008 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY, VOLS 1-3, 2008 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY, VOLS 1-3, 804 - +, 2008 , Refereed
    Summary:This paper focuses on factors which promote organizational innovation through ICT use by applying the index based on AHP. In so doing, two groups, one developed SMEs and the other underdeveloped, are compared in one model. Organizational innovations generated by the introduction of ICT are classified by the following four types: (i) the number of PCs owned, (ii) number of PCs connected to networks such as LAN, (iii) extent to which software that contributes to the efficient utilization of managerial resources has been implemented, and (iv) Internet use. The index of organizational innovation generated by above ICT introduction is calculated by the AHP (Analytical Hierarchical Process).
  • An Empirical Analysis of Factors Promoting IT Use by SMEs: Case of Two SME Clusters in Japan, S. Miyahara, T. Bunno, M. Tsuji, H. Idota, H. Miyoshi, M. Ogawa, N. Smith, MODSIM 2005: INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MODELLING AND SIMULATION: ADVANCES AND APPLICATIONS FOR MANAGEMENT AND DECISION MAKING, MODSIM 2005: INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MODELLING AND SIMULATION: ADVANCES AND APPLICATIONS FOR MANAGEMENT AND DECISION MAKING, 1070 - 1076, 2005 , Refereed
    Summary:This paper attempts to extract empirically factors that promote the introduction and usage of IT by SMEs (Small-and medium-sized enterprises) through the method of mail surveys and in-depth interviews conducted in two of Japan's largest SME clusters, Higashi-Osaka and Ohta Ward, in the metropolitan area of Tokyo. We sent questionnaires to more than 6,000 SMEs in these two clusters, and received nearly 1,200 replies. Questions sent to SMEs were related to (i) company characteristics (amount of capital, number of employees, etc); (ii) managerial orientation, which classifies SMEs as the expansion, incentive-providing, adapting, or data-using category; (iii) business environment such as the degree of competition; (iv) purposes of IT use, such as raising profit and productivity; (v) expectations for IT use; and (vi) other factors such as IT investment in the most recent fiscal year and the company's understanding of importance of the IT in business management. Regarding management orientation, a detailed explanation is called for. The questionnaires contain ten items regarding managers' daily activities. Since there is some overlap between the ten questions, an attempt was made to isolate the variables through component analysis. In this manner, four variables, which account for 70.1% of the total responses, were isolated. The first of these includes questions to determine to what extent an SME is geared toward expansion. The second category, orientation to incentives, contains questions on management's performance vis-A-vis stakeholders, and on any incentives it gives employees by relinquishing rights and responsibilities to them. The third variable includes questions on the extent to which firms learn from their mistakes, and on whether top management considers employee suggestions. Since such courses of action are indicative of management's responsiveness, this factor is referred to as "orientation to adapting." The last variable, called "orientation to data use," contains questions on how firms make use of data for decision-making. We selected the followings indexes to represent the degree of IT use by SMEs: (i) the amount of software that contributes to efficient utilization of managerial resources; and (ii) Internet usage. Based on these data, we extracted the factors by making use of regression methods such as OLS, logit and probit estimations. Thus, the result of estimations can be compared. One of the most important factors we found in our research is " expectation from IT use," such as " restructuring of the whole business process," which is identified as a significant factor in all of our estimations. SMEs with intensive use of IT believe in its effect and actually invest lots. It follows from this that the most important way to promote IT use among SMEs is to encourage them to be forward-looking. Once they adopt such an outlook, SMEs can determine the exact ways in which they will introduce and use IT, according to their specific goals. By the probit analysis, the behaviour of COE or the top management was also found to be especially important. Since IT use is a function of a business's management and strategy, the decisions made by senior managers are crucial. Even if SMEs operated under optimal conditions, they would not be able to use new technologies to their advantage without correct decisions by their managers. Similar conclusions were reached by Tsuji and Choe (2004), who also tried to identify factors that encourage regional information policies by using the same framework. They concluded that the leadership of top local government is the most significant. Once we correctly grasp those factors, then we can make use of them to establish to suitable policy measures to enhance SMEs. Based on rigorous researches, proper policy measures should be established.

Books etc

  • Multidisciplinary Social Networks Research: 6th International Conference, MISNC 2019, Y. Cui, H. Idota, M. Ota, Contributor, Improving Supply Chain Resilience with a Hybrid System Architecture, Springer,   2020 01
  • Social Capital and Management, Hiroki Idota, Contributor, Informationization and workplace productivity, Minerva Shobo,   2018 12
  • Handbook of Research on Cultural and Economic Impacts of the Information Society, IDOTA Hiroki, Teruyuki Bunno, Masatugu Tsuji, Contributor, Impact of ICT on Innovation: The Case of Japanese SMEs, IGI,   2015 08
  • The Smart Revolution Towards the Sustainable Digital Society, IDOTA Hiroki, Teruyuki Bunno, Masatsugu Tsuji, Contributor, Empirical analysis of the relationship between social media use and product innovation: focusing on SNS use and social capital, Edward Elgar,   2015 07
  • Approaches and Processes for Managing the Economics of Information Systems, IDOTA Hiroki, Teruyuki Bunno, Masatsugu Tsuji, Contributor, CH20. An Empirical Analysis of Innovation Success Factors Due to ICT Use in Japanese Firms, IGI,   2014 01
  • Internet Econometrics, H.idota, M.Ogawa, T. Bunno, M.Tsuji, Contributor, An Empirical Analysis of Organizational Innovation Generated by ICT in Japanese SMEs, Macmillan,   2012 03
  • Sustainable Economic Development and the Influence of Information Technologies: Dynamics of Knowledge Society Transformation, M. Tsuji, T. Bunno, H. Idota, H.Miyoshi, M. Ogawa, Y. Ueki, Contributor, CH11. An Empirical Analysis of Indices and Factors of ICT Use by Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Japan, IGI,   2010 02

Conference Activities & Talks

  • Empirical Study on How Social Media Promote Product Innovation, Sobee Shinohara, Masatsugu, Tsuji Hiroki Idota, TPRC44,   2016 09 30
  • Ethical Issues in Social Media in Japan (2), J. Nakaya, H. Idota, The 4th Academic Meeting of Ethical Issues in Social Media,   2014 08
  • Ethical Issues in Social Media in Japan, J. Nakaya, H. Idota, The 3rd Academic Meeting of Ethical Issues in Social Media,   2014 02
  • The Formation of Internal Innovation Capability and External Sources in Developing Economies: Based on Firm-Level Surveys in ASEAN Economies,   2013 09

Misc

  • Analyses of Industrial Agglomeration, Production Networks and FDI Promotion-Research on Indonesia -, H. Idota, ERIA Research Project Report Data Series 2007, 3, 2, 1, 118,   2008 03
  • IT Usage by SMEs in Japan: A Comparatives Study of Higashi-OsakaCity and Ohta Ward, Tokyo, M. Tsuji, H. Miyoshi, T. Bunno, H. Idota, M. Ogawa, Center for Regional Economic Studies and Osaka School of International Public Policy Osaka University, 1, 86,   2005 03

Awards & Honors

  •   2016 09 , TPRC, Poster Session Award, Empirical Study on How Social Media Promote Product Innovation
  •   2016 09 , The Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Excellent Paper Award, A Study of the Connectivity to External linkages for Innovation in ASEAN local firms

Research Grants & Projects

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