PETER POPOVICS

House of Innovation /
European Institute of Japanese Studies
Stockholm School of Economics

ABOUT ME

Having spent 10 years in the technology sector in business development and operations management executive capacities, I consider myself extremely lucky for having the opportunity and time to go back to academia, where I can develop my knowledge, skills and toolset around the subject that is on top of every executive’s agenda: INNOVATION.

 

My PhD research at the Stockholm School of Economics focuses on innovation management frameworks and the handling of innovation failure at technology-intensive start-ups and mature firms. At the same time, I consult companies on how to increase their innovation capabilities and performance and enjoy working with start-ups and venture capitalists. Having lived in Japan for 10 years and being fluent in Japanese, I often work with established and start-up companies on entering the Japanese market.

 

My personal mission is to act as a facilitator and “cross-pollinator” for engaging the corporate sector, public and private R&D centers and academia – especially the enormous creativity and innovation potential of students – to work together on social and technological challenges that will shape our future.

 

I hold a B.A. in Economics and an M.E. in Environmental Engineering, both from Osaka University, Japan.

EXPERTISE & INTERESTS

JAPAN

My competitive advantage: It is the technology-fueled modern Japan that has fascinated me and made me decide to study in Japan. ​Throughout my studies at Osaka University and the years I spent at work in the Tokyo area, I not only mastered the Japanese language and culture but also grew accustomed to the Japanese mentality, business culture, and ethics.

​I am happy to offer my Japanese language skills, intercultural experience, and knowledge about Japanese business practices that can be easily leveraged by European companies entering the Japanese market or their Japanese counterparts penetrating the European market. More>>

INNOVATION

My professional interest: My research at the Stockholm School of Economics focuses on innovation management frameworks and the handling of innovation failure at technology-intensive startups and mature firms, mostly from two innovation powerhouses: Sweden and Japan. Based on surveys and in-depth interviews, this comparative analysis will discuss how innovation managemet frameworks work in diffirent cultures, regions and markets and how innovation failure is managed by successful firms. More>>

FUKUSHIMA

My experience: On March 11, 2011, at 14:46 JST, I was fetching papers from the printer in my office in Shin-Yokohama, when the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan’s history hit the Tohoku area (northeast part) of the country. The earthquake unleashed a powerful tsunami that killed thousands of people and crippled the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The latter accident meant the beginning of the end of our life in Japan.

​​These events changed our lives forever and I felt obliged to put our story on paper, primarily for my daughter, Lily, who will be seeking answers about her Japanese roots in the near future. More>>

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS

Books

Popovics Péter: Fukushima [3.11]: Maradjunk vagy menjünk? (memoár)

ポポウィチュ・ペーテル: 3.11〜愛する日本を去る日
−あるハンガリー人家族の記録−

​ISBN 978-615-5443-55-8

 

 

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Publications

Onogawa, Kazunobu, Mohanty, C. R. C., Joshi, Aditi, and Popovics, Peter: "Engaging Civil Society for Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Cities in Asia - from the Perspective of Cleaner Transport and Waste Management", Regional Development Dialogue (UNCRD), Volume 26, 2005

CONTACT ME

Peter POPOVICS

 

House of Innovation /

European Institute of Japanese Studies

Stockholm School of Economics

Box 6501, 113 83 Stockholm, Sweden

Visiting address: Saltmätargatan 19C