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Dr Maki Umemura

Dr Maki Umemura

Senior Lecturer in International Business

Cardiff Business School

+44 (0)2920 875 484
Q05, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU


  • London School of Economics and Political Science, PhD, Economic History
  • Yale University, BA, History

Additional activities

  • Expert, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
  • Journal Referee, Business History, Economic History Review, Strategic Management Journal
  • Visiting Fellow (2013-2015), Department of Political Economy, Kings College London
  • Visiting Researcher (2015-2016), Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales (France)
  • External Examiner (2017- ), York Management School; (2018- ) Royal Holloway, University of London

Editorial work

  • Editor, H-Business Listserv (2008-2019)
  • Editorial board member, Revue d'histoire de l'énergie (2018- ), Business History (2020- )

Honours and awards

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Professional memberships

Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)

European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)

Academy of Management (AOM)

Association of Business Historians (ABH)

Committees and reviewing

Research Committee









Teaching commitments

  • International Business (executive MBA)
  • Asian Management Systems (final year undergraduate)
  • Asian Business Systems (MSc)
  • International Management, MBA supervision

Primary research interests

  • Evolution of frontier industries (ex. biomedicine, renewable energy) in East Asia
  • Role of expectations in shaping technological development
  • Market categories

PhD supervision research interests

  • Evolution of frontier industries in East Asia
  • Innovation in East Asian firms
  • Market categories

Research projects

Maki has lead the following projects

  • Building innovative competences through public innovation policy: technological frontiers in biomedicine and renewable energy

1 May 2015 to 30 September 2016
Sponsored by the Michelin Fellowship
Led by Dr Maki Umemura
Award type: Research

  • Innovative capacities of R& D in the regenerative medicine industry in Japan and the UK through case studies of therapeutic developments, such as in stem cell therapy

1 January 2014 to 30 March 2015
Sponsored by The Great Britian Sasakawa Foundation
Led by Dr Maki Umemura
Award type: Research


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