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Yasuhiro Yamakawa

Associate Professor

Academic Division: Entrepreneurship
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Bio

Dr. Yamakawa is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College. He received his Bachelor of Laws from Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), obtained his M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management (Claremont, CA), and completed his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship at the School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX). Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Dr. Yamakawa spent ten years working in Japan’s utility and telecommunication industries where he engaged in numerous corporate venturing activities and entrepreneurial start-ups. Dr. Yamakawa teaches in the areas/intersections of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and International Business. He comes from a multi-cultural background, having lived in eight different countries around the world. Dr. Yamakawa’s research explores the stimulants and constraints behind entrepreneurial learning and growth. His current research interests include: Learning from entrepreneurial failure, dilemmas inherent in corporate venturing activities, failure of industry emergence, and bankruptcy laws and entrepreneurship development around the world. Dr. Yamakawa has presented his research at leading academic conferences such as Academy of Management Conference, Academy of International Business Conference, and Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. His paper, “Entrepreneurship and the barrier to exit: How does entrepreneur-friendly bankruptcy law affect entrepreneurship development at the societal level?” won the Best Paper Award from the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, for exploring the public issue of importance to the entrepreneurial community. His paper, “How does experience of previous entrepreneurial failure impact future entrepreneurship?” was selected Best Paper Proceedings and as Carolyn Dexter Award finalist. His paper, “Revitalizing and learning from failure for future entrepreneurial growth” won the Irene M. McCarthy Best Paper Award. Dr. Yamakawa’s work has been published in leading Entrepreneurship/Management journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Small Business Economics, and Management International Review. ​

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, University of Texas at Dallas
  • MBA, Peter F Drucker School
  • BA, Keio University

Academic Interests

Entrepreneurship

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 - Richard Schulze Foundation Award, Richard Schulze Foundation
  • 2014 - Dean's Research Award, Babson College
  • 2010 - Best Paper Proceedings and Carolyn Dexter Award Finalist, Academy of Management
  • 2010 - Irene M. McCarthy Best Paper Award, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference
  • 2007 - Best Paper Award from the Office of Advocacy, U. S. Small Business Administration, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017
  • FME 1000: FOUNDATIONS OF MGMT & ENTREPRENEURS
Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • FME 1000: FOUNDATIONS OF MGMT & ENTREPRENEURS
  • EPS 7538: JAPAN: INSTITUTIONS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • EPS 3524: MADE IN JAPAN:INST ENV AND EPS OPS

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Yamakawa, Y., Cardon, M. (2015). Causal ascriptions and perceived learning from entrepreneurial failure. Small Business Economics, 44(4), 797-820.
  • Yamakawa, Y., Deeds, D.L., Schulze, W. (2015). Meet your new marketing team: The regulators. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange
  • Yamakawa, Y., Peng, M.W., Deeds, D.L. (2015). Rising from the ashes: Cognitive determinants of venture growth after entrepreneurial failure. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, June(39), 2. link
  • Yamakawa, Y., Khavul, S., Peng, M.W., Deeds, D.L. (2013). Venturing from emerging economies. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 7(3), 181–196. link
  • Yamakawa, Y., Lee, S. (2012). Forgiving features for failed entrepreneurs vs. cost of financing in bankruptcies. Management International Review, 52(1), 49-79. link
  • Lee, S., Yamakawa, Y., Peng, M.W., Barney, J.B. (2011). Bankruptcy laws and entrepreneurship development around the world. Journal of Business Venturing, 26(5), 505-520.
  • Yamakawa, Y., Yang, H., Lin, Z. (2011). Exploration versus exploitation in alliance portfolio: Performance implications of organizational, strategic, and environmental fit. Research Policy, 40(2), 287-296.
  • Lee, S., Yamakawa, Y., Peng, M.W., Barney, J.B. (2011). How do bankruptcy laws affect entrepreneurship development around the world?. Journal of Business Venturing, 26(5), 505-520.
  • Yamakawa, Y., Peng, M.W., Deeds, D.L. (2008). What drives new ventures to internationalize from emerging to developed economies?. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 32(1), 59-82.

Conference Proceedings

  • Kato, S., Yamakawa, Y. (2014). Where goes the optimism? Adjusting over and under: Heuristics in decision-making. Frontiers for Entrepreneurship Research,
  • Yamakawa, Y. (2013). Is it worth planning for failure? When? How?. Frontiers for Entrepreneurship Research,
  • Hibara, N., Khoury, T., Mathew, P., Yamakawa, Y. (2012). Entrepreneurial foresight and the endogenous choice of market intermediaries in Japanese IPOs. Frontiers for Entrepreneurship Research,
  • Miller, J., Yamakawa, Y., Deeds, D.L. (2011). Legitimacy creation and destruction: Agricultural Biotechnology as an emerging industry that failed to grow. Frontiers for Entrepreneurship Research,
  • Yamakawa, Y. (2011). Planning for failure as de-biasing strategy for escalation of commitment at market exit. Frontiers for Entrepreneurship Research,
  • Yamakawa, Y., Peng, M.W., Deeds, D.L. (2010). Revitalizing and learning from failure for future entrepreneurial growth. Frontiers for Entrepreneurial Research,

Others

  • Yamakawa, Y. (2009). Bankruptcy and social stigma in Japan: South-Western Cengage Learning

Presentations

  • Causal ascriptions and perceived learning from entrepreneurial failure
    Yamakawa, Y. Causal ascriptions and perceived learning from entrepreneurial failure Strategic Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Alliance Management Initiatives Seminar, Kobe, Japan (2015)
  • Causal ascriptions and perceived learning from entrepreneurial failure
    Yamakawa, Y. Causal ascriptions and perceived learning from entrepreneurial failure Society, Technology, and Japanese Entrepreneurship Conference, Stanford, CA (2015)
  • Where goes the optimism? Adjusting over and under: Heuristics in decision-making
    Yamakawa, Y., Kato, S. Where goes the optimism? Adjusting over and under: Heuristics in decision-making Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Ontario, Canada (2014)
  • Learning from entrepreneurial failure
    Yamakawa, Y. Learning from entrepreneurial failure Strategic Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Alliance Management Initiatives Seminar, Kobe, Japan (2014)
  • Planning for Failure as De-biasing Strategy for Entrepreneurs’ Escalation of Commitment at Exit
    Yamakawa, Y. Planning for Failure as De-biasing Strategy for Entrepreneurs’ Escalation of Commitment at Exit Academy of Management Conference, Orlando, FL (2013)
  • Is it worth planning for failure? When? How?
    Yamakawa, Y. Is it worth planning for failure? When? How? Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Lyon, France (2013)
  • How does previous failure impact future entrepreneurship?
    Yamakawa, Y. How does previous failure impact future entrepreneurship? Strategic Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Alliance Management Initiatives Conference, Kobe, Japan (2013)
  • Entrepreneurial foresight and the endogenous choice of market intermediaries in Japanese IPOs
    Yamakawa, Y., Hibara, N., Khoury, T., Mathew, P. Entrepreneurial foresight and the endogenous choice of market intermediaries in Japanese IPOs Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Dallas Fort Worth, TX (2012)
  • Intangible resourcefulness behind new ventures’ international expansion from emerging to developed economies
    Yamakawa, Y. Intangible resourcefulness behind new ventures’ international expansion from emerging to developed economies Global Business and Social Science Research Conference, Beijing, China (2012)
  • Venturing from emerging economies to developed economies: A knowledge-based view
    Yamakawa, Y., Khavul, S., Peng, M., Deeds, D. Venturing from emerging economies to developed economies: A knowledge-based view Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Special Issue Conference, Shanghai, China (2012)
  • Venturing from Emerging Economies to Developed Economies: A Knowledge-based View
    Yamakawa, Y., Khavul, S., Peng, M., Deeds, D. Venturing from Emerging Economies to Developed Economies: A Knowledge-based View Academy of Management Conference, San Antonio, TX (2011)
  • What drives new ventures to internationalize from emerging to developed economies: Moderating role of technological intensity
    Yamakawa, Y. What drives new ventures to internationalize from emerging to developed economies: Moderating role of technological intensity Academy of International Business Conference, Nagoya, Japan (2011)
  • Legitimacy creation and destruction: Agricultural biotechnology as an emerging industry that failed to grow
    Yamakawa, Y., Miller, J., Deeds, D. Legitimacy creation and destruction: Agricultural biotechnology as an emerging industry that failed to grow Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Syracuse, NY (2011)
  • Planning for Failure: De-biasing strategy for escalation of commitment at market exit
    Yamakawa, Y. Planning for Failure: De-biasing strategy for escalation of commitment at market exit Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Syracuse, NY (2011)
  • How does experience of previous entrepreneurial failure impact future entrepreneurship?
    Yamakawa, Y., Peng, M., Deeds, D. How does experience of previous entrepreneurial failure impact future entrepreneurship? Academy of Management Conference, Montreal, Canada (2010)
  • Revitalizing and learning from failure for future entrepreneurial growth
    Yamakawa, Y., Peng, M., Deeds, D. Revitalizing and learning from failure for future entrepreneurial growth Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Lasaunne, Switzerland (2010)