Academic Area(s):

Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Venture Capital, New Venture Strategy

Research & Teaching Interests

I am interested in the nexus of venture finance and joint ventures; specifically, I examine the joint production of value-added beyond the financial investment. I focus on the roles of the venture capitalists involved in the surviving and growing venture firm, with a special focus on the post-investment phase of the venture capital investment process. I also study financial mediation as it relates to bank lending behavior and the relationship between stakeholder motivations and the growth and development of venture capital-backed firms.


Hiro Higashide is Professor of Entrepreneurship at WASEDA Business School. He is also the Director of the WASEDA Entrepreneurship Research Unit (WERU). This is the oldest research group devoted to the study of Entrepreneurship in Japan. Prior to becoming an academic he worked for three years at Kajima Construction Company, one of the largest general construction firms in Japan. He has been on the faculty at WASEDA Business School since 1998.

Academic Degrees

B.A., Economics, Keio University, 1981-1985
M.B.A., Management, London University, 1991
Ph.D., Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurial Finance, London University, 1995-1998

Selected Publications

Ping Ping Fu, Jeff Kennedy, Jasmine Tata, Gary Yukl, Michael Harris Bond, Tai-Kuang Peng, Ekkirala S Srinivas, Jon P Howell, Leonel Prieto, Paul Koopman, Jaap J Boonstra, Selda Pasa, Marie-Francoise Lacassagne, Hiro Higashide and Adith Cheosakul. (2004). The impact of societal cultural values and individual social beliefs on the perceived effectiveness of managerial influence strategies: a meso approach. Journal of International Business Studies. 35, 284-305

Courses Taught

Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital Investment in High-tech Industries, Project Research A: Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Leadership / Entrepreneurial Leadership, Project Research B: Entrepreneurial Leadership

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