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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
Available for postgraduate supervision


Maki is a Senior Lecturer in International Business. Her research has been concerned with the evolution of industries at the technological frontier. Maki has expertise in the political economy of biomedical innovation and the healthcare industry. A new strand of her research concerns green energy, energy transitions, and the strategies East Asian firms and government have adopted in the context of climate change. 

Maki has attracted funding on projects relating to different aspects of innovation, including the Wellcome Trust, the Japan Foundation Endowment Committee and the Michelin Fellowship. She also been a visiting researcher at the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London, and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris.

Maki is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Socioeconomics, the Academy of Management, the Association for Business Historians and the Business History Society of Japan. She is also on the editorial board of the journal, Business History



  • 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)
  • International Management, Asian Management Systems (undergraduate)
  • International Management (MSc, dissertaton 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 
  • Innovation in East Asian firms
  • Market categories

Research projects

Maki has led 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