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Establishment of Endowed Chair at the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University

March 27, 2007
Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University
Kyocera Corporation


Kyocera Corporation (Headquarters: Kyoto, President: Makoto Kawamura) is pleased to announce that it has approved a request by the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University (Headquarters: Kyoto, Dean: Dr. Kazuo Yoshida) to endow a chair. Accordingly, the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University will commence in 2007.


1. Since its establishment last year, the Graduate School of Management at Kyoto University has been educating academic students as a professional graduate school specializing in advanced professional education. However, because of restrictions imposed on the number of staff posts since its establishment, the school could not afford to provide lecturers specializing in corporate ethics and management philosophy. Corporate operations today have a significant impact on society, management principles are being questioned, and there is growing demand for systematic education for these matters. It is therefore very important to provide a theoretical and detailed framework for educating students of professional graduate schools, to upgrade the framework to an academic system, and to develop researchers. The Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University has now received an endowment from Kyocera, and with its help, the school was able to establish a chair and a system that should produce considerable achievements in both research and education. We are determined to produce positive results.


2. Kyocera has been deeply aware of the importance of management philosophy in corporate management and has positioned this as the core issue of its management. The Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University, approached Kyocera with a proposal for an endowed chair that would establish the significance and importance of management philosophy and corporate ethics and equip graduates with a clear vision of corporate philosophy. Kyocera approved these aims and decided to endow the chair as part of its corporate philanthropy. Kyocera expects the course to encourage academic studies on management philosophy and to produce businesspeople with a firm grasp of universal management philosophy and corporate ethics.


3. The following is an overview of the endowed chair:
(1) Course name: Kyocera Chair of Management Philosophy
Course duration: Three years from April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2010

(2) Research content:
systematization of management philosophy. Links with philosophy are planned. Specifically, part-time researchers with specialized training in philosophy will be recruited in three areas: management philosophy, information ethics, and ecological ethics. They will develop theories that make applied ethics in philosophy applicable to specific business management settings.
Also, instructors will carry out research in their areas of specialization. Visiting Professor Iwao Taka will continue to carry out research on the theoretical frameworks for corporate ethics to introduce the result of links with philosophy into business administration theories. Visiting Professor Eien Oh specializes in organizational behavior and will study how management thinking affects the behavior of organization members, in order to research circumstances in which they can feel oneness with the organization. Professor Koichiro Hioki will maintain a connection with the research "Anthropology of the Management of Corporate Mythology" carried out jointly with the National Museum of Ethnology (by Professor Hioki) and will carry out research on whether intracompany inauguration myths and tales of heroism reflect the management thinking of founders.

(3) Educational content:
Students of the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University are the main targets. The Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University aims to create businesspeople who have a high degree of expertise, and is also expected to produce graduates who will actually run enterprises. In teaching corporate ethics and management philosophy to these students, the school aims to convey the social significance of doing business and ethical systems for business.
A lecture class entitled "Corporate Ethics and Compliance" by Visiting Professor Taka will be held in the first semester of 2007, and a class on "Management Philosophy" by Professor Hioki in the second semester for students of the Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics. The latter class targets students who will become researchers and aims at developing researchers who will specialize in management philosophy. A lecture class that targets undergraduates is also planned from April, 2008. In addition, related courses taught by part-time lecturers are planned.
Also being planned are symposia and lecture meetings at which general citizens and corporate representatives will report research results. A symposium is planned for May 28 this year as the inaugural event held under the aegis of the endowed chair. Details are currently being developed.

(4) Professors in charge: Professor Koichiro Hioki, Visiting Professor Iwao Taka, and Visiting Associate Professor Eien Oh


<Profile of Visiting Professor Iwao Taka>
Born in 1956
Graduated from Reitaku University in 1979
Waseda Business & Economic Studies, Graduate School of Commerce, Waseda University in 1985 after acquiring the credits for the doctoral course
Appointed Doctor of Commercial Science at Waseda University in 1985
Appointed researcher of the School of Social Sciences, Waseda University in 1989
Appointed visiting researcher for Fisher Smith at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1991
Appointed full-time lecturer at the International School of Economics, Reitaku University in 1994
Appointed assistant professor at the International School of Economics, Reitaku University in 1997
Appointed professor at the International School of Economics and Business Administration, Reitaku University in 2001
Appointed director of the Business Ethics and Compliance Research Center of Reitaku University in 2003
Also held the concurrent post as lecturer at business schools at universities such as Waseda, Rikkyo, and Kyushu during this period


Publications: The Theory of H.A . Simon (Bunshindo, 1995)
Business Ethics (co-authored with T. Donaldson) (Bunshindo, 1999)
Corporate Social Responsibility (collaboration), published by the Japanese Standards Association in 2003
Knowledge of Compliance, published by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. in 2003
Management that Sticks to Sincerity, published by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. in 2005, etc.
And other papers


Currently a board member of the International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility
Professor Iwao Taka also sits on the advisory council to the Ministry of Economy and Industry and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
In addition, he is serving as the chairperson of the corporate ethics committee of Nippon Meat Packers, Inc. and of the compliance special committee of Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd. and is serving as a member of the special investigation committee of Nikko Cordial Group while making many practical proposals on corporate ethics.


<Profile of Visiting Associate Professor Eien Oh>
Comes from Jiangxi in China
Graduated from Sun Yat-sen University in China in 1998
Completed master's course at the Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University in 2003
Completed Master of Arts in Business Research at Stanford University in 2006
Completed the doctoral course of the Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University in 2007

Papers:
"Observation on the Organizational Commitment of Chinese Employees", Jun and Aug 2004, "International Journal of Human Resource Management," vol.15, pp.649-669, by Eien Oh

2007 Kyoto University doctoral thesis "Relationship between Individuals and Organizations, Based Mainly on Commitment to Organizations" by Eien Oh