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Over just the last five years, Japan’s retirement age has been pushed back—first from 60 to 65, and more recently from 65 to 70. Following this trend, we can estimate that by 2025, the Japanese government will be urging companies to accept employees until the age of 80...

TDK is a multinational Japanese electronics company with decades of experience developing cutting-edge technology around the globe. To learn how the company keeps its talent fresh, motivated, and innovative in an ever-changing world, GLOBIS faculty Cristian Vlad interv...

The impact of technology on human mobility seems obvious, but what about the social impact? Are apps the answer to everything, or do human-based services still carry value? GLOBIS faculty Cristian Vlad recently interviewed Moyuko Takei of Toyota Connected Japan about h...

For nearly two decades, Helsinki, Finland, has been gaining traction as a center of innovative urban growth. GLOBIS faculty Cristian Vlad interviews Anne Stenros, chief design officer of the City of Helsinki.

CV:           To begin, can you explain how design became so...

Senior Managing Consultant Kyoko Kokusho at IBM advises clients around the world on talent operations, organization architecture, and executive development. GLOBIS faculty Cristian Vlad recently interviewed her on how she creates value for clients, employees, sharehold...

Is innovation rooted in technology, or can it be promoted by other means? In this interview led by GLOBIS faculty Cristian Vlad, Ryosuke Asakura of CaSy’s Corporate Design Division explains how his company is positioning itself for innovation that will impact society.

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January 15, 2019

Back in school, a teacher once dropped a stack of workbooks on my desk and demanded my attention. “Stop doodling,” she said. If I catch you doing that again, you will be punished. Understood?”

Doodling was—and is, somewhat—frowned upon by many, from teachers to parents...

January 10, 2019

NTT is one of the top 10 telecommunications companies worldwide, and yet diversity remains a challenge. GLOBIS lecturer Cristian Vlad interviewed HR Senior Vice President Kyoko Yamamoto on the company’s globalization efforts and how mindset is key in today’s everchangi...

October 9, 2018

Satosi Isiguro teaches Design Thinking at GLOBIS University. Cristian Vlad recently interviewed him about helping clients commit to innovation and pursuing creativity himself as a designer.

CV:         How do you perceive innovation?
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September 5, 2018

You’ve no doubt heard about design thinking—a practical, step-by-step, user-centric method of solving problems. Though its roots reach back to the 1950s, design thinking was popularized by IDEO in the 1990s, and has since been adopted by leading global companies such a...

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