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Business School Professors research theme selected for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research

Business School (Chuo Graduate School of Strategic Management) Professor Emiko Tsuyuki’s (strategy field) research theme on Regional Networking and Start-Up Process was selected for the 2013 Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Funding for Academic Research).

Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Funding for Academic Research / Funding for Scientific Research) are competitive research grants awarded to strongly promote academic research (research based on free-thinking of the researcher) from fundamental research to application across a wide spectrum of fields ranging from the humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences. After a peer-review screening, grants are given to creative and advanced research.
(From the homepage of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)

[Goal of Research]
Within the process of starting an individual business (commercialization), this research seeks to clarify characteristics of the foundation for forming that business unit (individual or group). Also, the research seeks to clarify contributions to successful commercialization through networking both inside and outside of the region where that business unit is active, as well as the network structure.

Focus is placed on the following 3 points.

  1. Creation of a foundation for starting a business (commercialization) and characteristics of that foundation
  2. Networking within the region and between different regions; the network structure born from this process
  3. Acquirement and utilization of management assets through the network

Through the policy Roku-ji Sangyo-ka (Creating Hexagonal Industry), the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries promotes the growth of regional primary industries. Although a variety of actions are being implemented in regions throughout Japan, the policy has failed to produce many successful cases.

The reason for this failure is examined through the aspects of the process for starting a business, forming a foundation, and regional networking.

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