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 I have decided to leave ICS, Hitotsubashi at the end of March 2011, and join the faculty of Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University(KMD).  I have spent the past decade, as a part of the team  involved  in the exciting endeavor of creating a new institution of ICS with my colleague, staff and students.  It has been a tremendous opportunity for me to try various new ideas and experiment (naturally with some failures and mistakes).  But I think it is time for me to move on to something new.   My decision to leave ICS was approved at the ICS faculty meeting last week, so here is the announcement.

  There are several reasons for my “Career Strategic Shift”:

  1) I have been very interested in design and design thinking lately.  My encounter and involvement with design people for Innovation at the World Economic Forum, Global Entrepreneurship Week etc. has excited me very much and I want to know more about it.  My interest in developing the concept and the social system to make Innovation reality has also made me think of design.

 2) KMD is a new institution (few years old) and will give me a great opportunity to be involved again with the new endeavor.  I am not quite sure what contribution I can make (and what exactly Media Design means, for that matter), but I decided to jump in to find out myself.  I have been and will be the kind of person that has to try something new every several years and I feel very fortunate to be given this opportunity.  In fact, I got to know some people at Keio when I moderated their ideaslab on “IT and content” in Dalian, China, during Summer Davos last year.

 3) I am convinced that the new leadership group is better off starting from the clean slate when they take over. I have been  fortunate and privileged to be one of those involved from the beginning of ICS operation for the first decade. ICS is now in the second decade under the excellent leadership of Dean Chris Ahmadjian.    I have been critical of those who stayed on after the new team takes over, whether it is a company, organization or school.  I realized I have to practice what I preach!  So I have been thinking about  leaving ICS.

  I will be teaching Competitiveness, the course I love, in January and February and also supervise the Field Study in March at ICS.  I will NOT teach seminar or Independent research project any more.

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