Professor Chihiro Watanabe 2017-11-09T15:03:27+00:00

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Professor Chihiro Watanabe
Professor Chihiro WatanabeCo-Founder of The X-Center Japan (FoXc-J)

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Chihiro Watanabe, manages the Watanabe Laboratory at Tokyo Seitoku University . The laboratory is a Center of Excellence (COE) for the analysis of the emergence, diffusion and utilization of innovation focusing on co-evolutionary dynamism with institutional systems.

Watanabe was a leader of the “The Science of Institutional Management of Technology” program under the 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) Program supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2004-2009) at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He was a pioneer in developing a postulate of the co-evolution between innovation and institutional systems in a global society. He was selected as one of the world’s top seven researchers in the field of management of technology (MOT) and innovation by the International Association of Management of Technology (IAMOT) in April 2009, and was also identified as one of the world’s top researchers in the field of innovation analysis in MOT by IEEE IEEM (Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management section of IEEE) in December 2009.

Professor Watanabe currently holds the following positions: Professor, Department of Industrial Management, Tokyo Seitoku University; Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology; Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore; Visiting Professor, University of Jyvaskyla in Finland; and Guest Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna. In addition to conducting leading worldwide research, Professor Watanabe chairs the monthly evening forum of the International Committee of the Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management in the capacity of Chairman of the Committee. He shares a role of an Area Editor of Technovation in the areas of IT and National Policy.