Kathryn Ibata-Arens, Ph.D. Associate Professor


Brief Bio

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Ibata-Arens specializes in international and comparative political economy, entrepreneurship policy, high technology policy and Japanese political economy. Ibata-Arens' current research, utilizing social network analysis and GIS methodologies, examines emerging life science (biotechnology and medical devices) regions in Japan and the United States. Findings are presented in the book manuscript, Clustering to Win: Firm, Regional and National Strategies in Life Science Entrepreneurship.

Her dissertation research was conducted at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) at the University of Tokyo as a Fulbright Doctoral Fellow. Ibata-Arens was a JSPS post-doctoral fellow (2002-2003) at the Center for Advanced Economic Engineering (AEE), University of Tokyo and was a fellow in the Alfred P. Sloan/Social Science Research Council Program on the Corporation as a Social Institution (2002). In 2005 and 2006 she was a Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Abe Research Fellow in the Faculty of Commerce, Doshisha University, Kyoto. In 2008, Ibata-Arens was a Japan Policy Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, D.C. and received a Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Grant for her work on national entrepreneurship and innovation policy.

Ibata-Arens' book Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Japan: Politics, Organizations and High Technology Firms Cambridge University Press, 2005 analyzes high technology firms and regional economies in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. Other works, on enterprise embeddedness and entrepreneurial business networks, appear in journals including Enterprise and Society and Journal of Asian Business and Management. In 2009-2010 Ibata-Arens was a Fulbright New Century Scholar at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto and was recently selected as a Mike Mansfield Foundation and Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Fellow (2010-2011).

Specialties
innovation and entrepreneurship strategy, policy analysis, high technology, life science entrepreneurship, Japan

Associate Professor
DePaul University
January 2002 to Present
Tenured associate professor of political economy. Specialize in teaching courses on innovation, entrepreneurship, government policy and new venture business strategy. I enjoy working with bright students that enjoy a challenge. I also work closely with a team of international collaborators on a number of innovation and entrepreneurship related projects.


Other Activities
  • Department of Political Science, Chair, Assessment Committee (2009-2010)
  • Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, Campus Advisory Committee (2009-2011)
  • Japan Term-Long Study Abroad Committee, Chair, Japanese Studies (2009-2010)
  • Social Science Research Center (SSRC) Task Force, Member and Chair, Governance Committee (2007-2008)



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