Hideo Owan studies the economics of organizations and labor economics. His recent work has looked at how organizational design and human resource practices make individuals in firms more productive and more innovative, and how firms choose their organizational and human resource practices in adapting to the environment. He is currently collaborating with the Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry to create a “depository” of internal HR data from several large Japanese firms in order to study how HR practices affect the productivity and earnings of individual workers. He also runs people analytics workshops for HR managers to teach how they can utilize personnel records and internal surveys to solve managerial problems.
Prior to his appointment at Waseda, Hideo taught at the John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis, the Graduate School of International Management, Aoyama Gakuin University, and Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo. In his pre-academic life, he worked for Nomura Research Institute as an economist in Tokyo and New York.
Hideo Owan received his Ph.D. in Business from Stanford University in 1999; he has an MA in Economics from Columbia University and a BS in Mathematics from the University of Tokyo.