Dr. Christina Ahmadjian has been involved in Japanese corporate governance reform as a researcher, an activist, and most recently, an independent director of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Exchange Group (the parent company of the Tokyo Stock Exchange) and Eisai. She will speak, based on her own experience, of the slow (and then suddenly, fast) evolution of Japanese corporate governance and the state of governance today. Dr. Ahmadjian will address key issues around Japanese corporate governance reforms including: Are the changes in Japanese corporate governance real or window-dressing? What makes a good board and a good independent director in the current Japanese context? What remains to be done?
Dr. Christina Ahmadjian is a professor at Graduate School of Commerce and Management of Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan. Her research interests include comparative corporate governance, globalization, systems of capitalism, business groups, and Japanese business and management. Her publications have appeared in journals including American Sociological Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and California Management Review. She teaches courses including Organizational Behavior, Corporate Governance, Business Research, Leadership, and Global Management. She received an A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a PhD at the Haas School at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to her position at Hitotsubashi, she was an assistant professor at Columbia Business School. Her business experience includes positions at Bain & Company as well as Mitsubishi Electric. She served as a non-executive director at Eisai Co., Ltd. from 2009 to 2013 and currently serves as a non-executive director at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Japan Exchange Group, Inc. She is an American citizen and has lived in Japan for 21 years.