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  The paper I presented at the Conference last November in Tokyo is posted at the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS)  website.  The conference was entitled, “Globalization and Japan’s Science & Technology Strategy. ” I was one of the four speakers at the Session 3 on “Innovation Policy and Global Issues” during the closed session and also one of the panelists at the Public Symposium held for the general audience. 

 My paper was entitled,” Who is capable of leading our journey toward resolving global issues through innovation?” (rather long,  now that I look at it!) and I argued that a global hybrid organization (private-sector driven, collaborating with public sector across the national boundaries) should lead the efforts.

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    • Kotaro Shinra
    • March 27th, 2008


    I am Kotaro Shinra, a graduate from Darden School of Business in 2007.
    Your paper, ”Who is capable of leading our journey toward resolving global issues through innovation?” was quite eye-opening. My thoughts are mainly as follows.

    1) The hybrid organizations could help under developed countries, which do not have well-established political (bureaucratic) organizations, to catch up the current leading nations.
    2) A new framework for establishing credibility in the cyber-space would be desired to develop the hybrid organizations worldwide.

    As Ishikura-san mentioned in the paper, it would be challenging for existing organizations to transform into this new model. Most of people within an agency are proud of the ways they are and incline to start designing new structures from current systems if they are needed. However, for under-developed countries, this hybrid concept would be a lifesaver. There are still many countries whose national budgets are too limited to set up solid governmental organizations. Many educated people born there are seeking business opportunities outside their native countries. By implementing the hybrid governmental agencies for national development, the limitations of budgets and intellectual individuals would not be constraints for better futures. With substantially smaller numbers of bureaucrats and networked international intelligent individuals or corporate companies, the nations can have much better governments or political systems than current ones. Compared to existing government systems in the current leading countries, performances of these models might be unstable or less predictable; however, at least, I believe that under-developed countries could accelerate their speeds of developments. Moreover, they might outperform with helps of the best of the best knowledge all over the world.

    For the credibility issue, ebay’s success enlightens the possibilities of establishing a new framework of trusting people. What ebay provides is an internet auction system with millions of people, who never meet each other. Until recent years, people believe that “face-to-face” communication would be the best and the only way to know each other well so that they can collaborate. However, ebay already has proved that people are willing to do business within the internet without any direct contacts. The ebay transactions just have worked well for years. Although I do not have a clear image of new framework to access each individual credibility and talents in the cyber space yet, it would be soon developed and shared with bright individuals, I imagine.

    I think that, at the beginning, the hybrid model would not be universal for all but for hungry nations. Successful entities based on the 20th century frameworks would resist to be scrapped and to be rebuilt. However, since all nations are living in the same planet, sooner or later, all leaders should realize these hybrid organizations could be the toughest competitors in the global economy.

    Thank you.

    • yishikura
    • March 29th, 2008

    Hi, Kotaro, this is Yoko Ishikura. Thank you very much for your comments. It made me think about many things, thus, it took a while for me to respond. (I will continue exploring what you mentioned.)
    The opportunity for the developing countries for the global hybrid organization you pointed out is what I have not thought about, and thus is very valuable. In a way, those organizations or companies without much assets so far, may be in a better position to make the best of what is available today without any legacy or baggage.
    I agree with the value of the virtual organization like e-bay and Wikipedia etc. It is almost beyond imagination of some people. It may be difficult for some to understand, but it is going on in reality.
    In a sense, I think human beings have incredible potential and are inherely innovative, which gives me a lot of hope.

    • Kotaro Shinra
    • March 31st, 2008

    Hi Ishikura-san.
    This is Kotaro Shinra, a graduate from Darden School of Business in 2007. It is such an honor to have your words, “very valuable”, for my instant comments. I would imagine that responding back to each comment would not be easy especially when you have an intense schedule. I hope you have good refreshing days there.
    To know and see the great example of an action oriented person, which is you, really helps me understand what he/she can bring to a community. Thank you.

    • yishikura
    • March 31st, 2008

    Hi, Kotaro san, this is Yoko Ishikura.
    I think it is very important (at least for me) to respond and get the discussion going. I hope to stimulate others to respond to us so that we can get open system discussion (like case discussion at Darden) going. It is much more fun to have people respond to each other (i.e. networked communication) rather than one person responding separately to each comment (hub and spoke). Open-system networked communication is what I want to experiment.

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