A start-up is one of the ways to bring innovation to society. However, we know little about what types of personality traits and team composition motivate an individual or a team to start a business. In addition, what kinds of institutions and legal systems promote entrepreneurial activities has been underexplored. Drawing on organizational behavior theory and institutional theory, this project investigates the mechanisms of innovation through start-ups.

Learning from failures

This project explores a process of "learning from failures." As it is often said that failure teaches success, failure can lead to innovation. However, our knowledge on relationship between failure and innovation has been limited. In particular, we know little about how individuals or teams recognize failures, what and how they learn from failures, and what kinds of institutions promote such learning. To address those issues, this project conducts laboratory experiments and filed researches with the laboratories at Waseda University and entrepreneurial teams.

Innovation through collaboration

Since organizational environment has increasingly complex and frequently changed, combining knowledge, technologies, and other resources across boundaries have become key processes in creating innovation. In other words, collaboration has become an important innovation strategy. Although previous research has offered some insights, we need more knowledge on effective structure of collaboration. This project takes network science perspective to approach “innovation through collaboration.” Time-series data of firms and patents are used to investigate what types of collaboration structure enhance productivity and innovativeness.

Diffusion of innovation

While some innovations widely diffuse and have a great impact on society, some do not despite their superiority. It is partly because social and cultural factors influence the decision whether each actor adopts an innovation. This project focuses on such influence and asks the following: how minority and majority identities interact in institutional change around innovations, how foreign firm adoption of controversial practices impacts the subsequent adoption rates of domestic actors, and how much impact status mobility and age have on the adoption of innovation.