Waseda Business School
(Graduate School of Business and Finance)


KANNO Hiroshi, Professor



Hiroshi Kanno received his Bachelor and Master of Engineering and Architecture degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Master of Science in Industrial Administration degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Kanno worked in consulting services at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for 17 years. His last position at BCG was Partner and Managing Director, where he served as the Asia/Pacific regional leader of BCG’s Technology and Communications practice. At BCG, Professor Kanno executed over 300 projects, working closely with both Japanese and non-Japanese companies. Prior to BCG, Professor Kanno worked as an architect, city planner, and engineer for Nikken Sekkei, Japan’s largest architecture and city planning firm. Hiroshi Kanno serves as outside board member of major Japanese companies, including Omron Healthcare, WOWOW, Japan Display and MODEC.

Selected Publications


  • Failsafe Ways to Avoid the Failure Trap (Nihon Keizai Shimnbun Shuppan-sha, 2011, in Japanese; also published in Chinese.)
  • The BCG Way – The Art of Developing Leadership (Diamond-sha, 2005, in Japanese; also published in Korean)


  • “Corporate Strategy and Growth: Creation of New Businesses at an Established Corporation”, (Nihon Keizai Shimnbun, January 14, 2010, (co-author)
  • “Growing Leaders From Within Your Company”, (Diamond Harvard Business Review, May 2015.)

Courses in charge

Strategy in Practice (English), Operations Management (English), 総合経営 (Japanese)


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