The New Dinosaurs: Are Universities & Professors About to Become Extinct?


I wrote a brief piece on “Innovation around Open Education” for Dentsu Report in Japanese.  I argue that we ourselves are the ones that may block the new concepts and breakthrough ideas unconsciously, by not being tolerant enough to appreciate the new signs and to monitor the evolution.  I discuss my own experience of being involved with various initiatives using the web in teaching, with many trials and errors. (More failures than successes!)   I also discuss how we can combine our past experiences and knowledge with the new breakthrough ideas. (Another promotion of the concept of From OR choices to the AND paradigm!)  English translation is available  here. It is entitled “Are universities and professors about to become extinct species?”10.10.4DentsuReport

Yoko Ishikura
Yoko Ishikura is a Professor at Hitotsubashi University ICS in the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy in Japan. She has held positions as a professor at the School of International Politics, Economics and Business of Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, as a consultant at McKinsey and Company Inc. Japan and a visiting professor at Darden School.

Professor Ishikura is a consultant to a number of multinational companies and has been a frequent speaker at management conferences, seminars, and workshops throughout the world. She was a member of the Regulatory Reform Committee for the Japanese government and the International Competitiveness Commission for METI. She is currently a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

She is the author of Strategic Shift from OR choices to AND paradigm, Building Core Skills of Organization , and the co-author of the following publications: Managing Diversity in the 21st Century, Strategy for Cluster Initiatives in Japan , and Building a Career to the World Class Professionals – all in Japanese. Her books in English include: Asian Advantage, Hitotsubashi on Knowledge Management and Trust and Antitrust in Asian Business Alliances.

Professor Ishikura’s current research interests are focused on global competition, innovation, and knowledge management. She received her BA from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan; MBA from Darden School, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia; and DBA from Harvard Business School.
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