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Researcher's Profile

Yasunori BABA

RCAST Adviser


Tel: 04-7173-3430


1977. 03   BA Economics, The University of Tokyo(UTokyo)
1986. 03   D. Phil, University of Sussex, UK.
1986. 07   Research Fellow, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
1988. 12   Researcher, National Insti tute of Science and Technology Policy(NISTEP), Science and
                Technology Agency, Japan
1993. 04   Associate Professor, Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering, UTokyo
1997. 04   Professor, Research into Ar ti facts, Center for Engineering, UTokyo
2001. 07   Professor, Research Center for Advanced Economic Engineering, UTokyo
2004. 04   Professor, RCAST, UTokyo
2007. 04   Professor, Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate School Of Engineering, 
2018. 04   Adviser, RCAST, UTokyo
2018. 04   Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, REITAKU UNIVERSITY

Research Interests

Empirical Research into Innovation
Current research aims to identify the effect of prevailing academic entrepreneurship on innovation, by firstly asking whether traditional academic scientists or rather entrepreneurial scientists are more likely to contribute to scientific progress, and by secondly asking how academic entrepreneurship affects the scientific norms and forms of sharing scientific resources (for example, material transfer in the life sciences and materials science). Our results indicate that prevailing entrepreneurship can fundamentally change the nature and direction of industrial innovation.

Empirical Research into Dynamic Capabilities
Building on the literature of dynamic capabilities (DC), we analyze the organizational structure of scientific labs that contribute to sustained high-level performance. These capabilities are likely to be generated by the ability to spot scientific opportunities, to pursue those opportunities, and to exploit and re-assign existing resources. We argue that the DC theory provides an important insight into understanding how organizations respond to the noisy signals which come from the environment and preliminary experiments.

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