Theory of business management
International comparative study on “kaizen” activities in the manufacturing industry, inter-firm relations and innovation, theoretical study on organizational learning
Main books and papers:
◆Aoki, K. (2019) “The roles of material artifacts in managing the learning-performance paradox: The kaizen case.” Academy of Management Journal (published online).
◆Aoki, K. and Wilhelm, M. (2017) “The role of ambidexterity in managing buyer-supplier relationships: The Toyota case.” Organization Science, 28(6), pp.1080-1097.
◆Aoki, K. and Lennerfors, T.T. (2013) “The new, improved keiretsu.” Harvard Business Review, 91(9), pp.109-113.
◆Aoki, K. and Staeblein, T. (2018) “Monozukuri capability and dynamic product variety: An analysis of the design-manufacturing interface at Japanese and German automakers.” Tchnovation, 71-72, pp.33-45
◆Aoki, K., Staeblein, T. and Tomino, T. (2014) “Monozukuri capability to address product variety: A comparison between Japanese and German automotive makers.” International Journal of Production Economics, 147, pp.373-384.
◆Aoki, K., Delbridge, R. and Endo, T., (2014) “‘Japanese human resource management’ in post-bubble Japan.” The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25(18), pp.2551-2572.
◆Aoki, K. (2008) “Transferring Japanese kaizen activities to overseas plants in China.” International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 28(6), pp.518-539 (Awarded the 2009 Outstanding Paper Prize).