Professor Hugh David Whittaker

DPhil in Industrial Sociology and BA in Sociology


Hugh Whittaker has a BA from ICU, Tokyo, and a PhD from Imperial College, London.  After doing postdoctoral research at Harvard University, he taught at Cambridge University, where he was also Assistant Director of the Centre for Business Research, and a Fellow of Clare Hall.  He subsequently helped to set up a business school and research institute (ITEC) at Doshisha University, Japan. Hugh was head of the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland Business School from 2009-12.

In addition to his responsibilities for the Department of Management and International Business, he is the Director of the New Zealand Asia Institute.

Research | Current

Hugh Whittaker's research interests include economic behaviour, management of innovation, corporate governance and entrepreneurship in comparative socio-economic contexts, typically featuring Japan, as well as political economy and development in East Asia. 

Current research includes East Asian economic development and globalisation from the perspective of "compressed development", as well as growth and change issues facing businesses in New Zealand, and how New Zealand businesses engage with Asian markets.

Teaching | Current

Current teaching:
Innovent 303  (Entrepreneurship)
BusMgt 743 (Competing in Asia)

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise students on a range of topics, including entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship, and Asian business systems, innovation and governance.


Professor, Department of Management and International Business

Director, New Zealand Asia Institute

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Associate Editor, Cambridge Journal of Economics (2002 - before that, editor, 1999-2002)
  • Editorial Board member, Asian Business and Management (2003- )
  • Editorial Board member, International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (2001- )
  • International Advisory Board member, British Journal of Industrial Relations (2007- )
  • International Advisory Board member, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society (2007- journal will be launched in 2008)
  • International Advisory Board member, Industry and Innovation (2005- )


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Whittaker, D. H., Zhu, T., Sturgeon, T., & Tsai, M. H. (2010). Compressed Development. Studies in Comparative International Development, 45 (4), 439-467. 10.1007/s12116-010-9074-8
  • Whittaker, D. H. (2009). Comparative Entrepreneurship: The UK, Japan and the Shadow of Silicon Valley. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pages: 208.
  • Whittaker, D. H., & Deakin, S. (2009). Corporate Governance and Managerial Reform in Japan. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pages: 305 + ix.
  • Inagami, T., & Whittaker, D. H. (2005). The New Community Firm: Employment, Governance and Management Reform in Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pages: 290.
  • Chang, H. J., Palma, G., & Whittaker, D. H. (Eds.) (2001). Financial liberalization and the Asian crisis. New York, USA: Palgrave Macmillan. Pages: 305.
  • Whittaker, D. H. (Ed.) (2001). Social Evolution, Economic Development and Culture: What it Means To Take Japan Seriously: Selected Writings of Ronald Dore. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. Pages: 321. Related URL.
  • Whittaker, D. H. (1997). Small firms in the Japanese economy. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press. Pages: 250.
  • Whittaker, D. H. D. H. (1990). Managing innovation : a study of British and Japanese factories. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Pages: 221.

Contact details

Primary location

Level 4, Room 4121
New Zealand