Mariko Sakakibara


Professor of Management

Home Department: Management

Areas of Interest

Business and Government, Global Competition, Industrial Organization, Intellectual Property Rights, Japanese Economy, Multinational Companies, Research and Development, Strategic Alliances.




Dr. Sakakibara joined the UCLA Anderson faculty in 1994 and focuses her research on alliances, innovation and technological change, intellectual property rights, multinational corporate strategy and national competitiveness.  Prior to coming to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar, she was deputy director of Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Dr. Sakakibara has published her research in leading scholarly journals, including American Economic Review, RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Industrial Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Journal of the Japanese and International Economies.   She is also a co-author with Michael Porter and Hirotaka Takeuchi of the book, “Can Japan Compete?,” which was selected as one of the Books of the Year in 2000 by The Economist. Dr. Sakakibara teaches courses in strategy and international business in the MBA and Ph.D. programs at UCLA Anderson.  She has been invited to present her work worldwide, including France, Belgium, Netherlands, Israel, Japan and Korea.  She has served as a consultant to a variety of corporations, including in studies of foreign market entry, intellectual property rights and strategic alliances.

Selected Research

1.  Reeb, D., Sakakibara, M. and Mahmood, I.P. (April 2012). Endogeneity in International Business Research. Journal of International Business Studies, 43, 3, pp. 211-218.

2.  Sakakibara, M. and Yamawaki, H. (March-April 2008). What Determines the Profitability of Foreign Direct Investment? A Subsidiary-Level Analysis of Japanese Multinationals. Managerial and Decision Economics, 29, 2-3, pp. 277-292.

3.  Sakakibara, M. and Dodgson, M. (June 2003). Strategic Research Partnerships: Empirical Evidence from Asia. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 15, 2, pp. 228-245.