||Professor, College of International Management
||Ph.D. Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
MBA, Graduate Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Economics, Waseda University Nationality: Japanese
|Main teaching areas :
||Organizational Behavior, International Management, Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and New Business, Leadership and Organizational Behavior
|Research interests :
||Business Administration (Organizational Functions, Knowledge Management, Innovation, Leadership)
|Recommended book :
||Mindset by Carol Dweck, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin Seligman
|Hobbies and pastimes :
||Early (Baroque and Renaissance) classic music, wine, drawing, research
In this edition of Professor Close-up, we spoke with Professor SUZUKI "Ken" Kanichiro of the College of International Management. After getting engaged in more than 20 year experience in research and consulting on corporate management in Nomura Research Institute and starting up his own bio-technology venture company in Silicon Valley, USA, in 2001, and subsequently making it gone public in TSE, Japan, in 2007, he decided to change his business career to education. Appointed in 2009, he decided to apply to APU because of its unique international environment. Now in his fifth year, Prof. SUZUKI currently teaches Organizational Behavior, International Management and Strategic Management in the undergraduate school, and Entrepreneurship and New Business and Leadership and Organizational Behavior in the graduate school. He said, smilingly, that knowledge was garbage if you didn't know how to use it, but knowledge became power if you knew how to use it.
While working at Nomura Research Institute, Prof. Suzuki got interest in organization, innovation and leadership, and entered in a doctor course to continue his organizational research 10 years ago. He confessed that doing research was his hobby, emphasizing the importance of making use of both the left (logical) and right (intuitive) hemispheres of the human brain in conducting out research.
Prof. Ken Suzuki has other art-related hobbies, such as listening to Early (Baroque and Renaissance) music, "studying (by tasting) " wines and drawing pictures. He believes that physical activity is an essential element for a healthy life, so he jogs 10 km every Sunday and does 100 push-ups and 200 sit-ups every morning.
Prof. Suzuki suggested that it is important for APU students to start creating their own values as early as possible. His undergraduate seminar students are encouraged to develop their professionalism by conducting various practical projects. With a personal motto of "think different", he highly recommends the book Mindset to APU students. Another book he mentioned is Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being, which presents the concept of positive psychology.
Special Event Supported by Professor SUZUKI Kanichiro’s Seminar “Boys Be The Most Ambitious”