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Mariko Sakakibara

Sanford and Betty Sigoloff Chair in Corporate Renewal; Professor of Strategy
(310) 825-7831
Areas of Expertise:
  • Business and Government
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Competition
  • Industrial Organization
  • Innovation
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Japanese Economy
  • Multinational Companies
  • Strategic Alliances


Mariko Sakakibara joined the UCLA Anderson faculty in 1994. She focuses her research on alliances, innovation, intellectual property rights, entrepreneurship, 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.

Sakakibara has published her research in leading scholarly journals in economics and management, including American Economic ReviewRAND Journal of EconomicsManagement Science, Strategic Management Journal, Review of Economics and StatisticsJournal of Economic PerspectivesJournal of Industrial Economics, Research PolicyJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization and Industrial and Corporate Change. 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.

In 2020 Sakakibara was named Sanford and Betty Sigoloff Chair in Corporate Renewal. She 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 in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Israel, Canada, Australia, India, Japan and Korea. She has served as a consultant to a variety of corporations in studies of foreign market entry, intellectual property rights and strategic alliances.



Ph.D. Business Economics, 1995, Harvard University

MBA, 1989, Harvard University

M.E. Architectural Engineering, 1981, University of Tokyo

B.E. Architectural Engineering, 1979, Kyoto University

Published Papers

“Incidence and Performance of Spinouts and Incumbent New Establishments: Role of Selection and Redeployability within Parent Firms,” (with Natarajan Balasubramanian). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 44, No. 10, October 2023, pp. 2460-2488.

“Face-to-Face Interactions and the Returns to Acquisitions: Evidence from Smartphone Geolocational Data,” (with Marco Testoni and Keith Chen). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 43, No. 13, December 2022, pp. 2669-2702 (Lead Article).

  • Best Proposal Finalist, Corporate Strategy Interest Group, Strategic Management Society 38th Annual Conference, September 2018.

“Locked In? The Enforceability of Covenants Not to Compete and the Careers of High-Tech Workers,” (with Natarajan Balasubramanian, Jin Woo Chang, Jagadeesh Sivadasan and Evan Starr). Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 57, Supplement, April 2022, pp. S349-S396.

  • Distinguished Paper Award, Business Policy and Strategy Division, Academy of Management, August 2016.

“Human Capital, Parent Size and the Destination Industry of Spinous,” (with Natarajan Balasubramanian). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 41, No. 5, May 2020, pp. 815–840 (Lead Article).

“Screening Spinouts? How Noncompete Enforceability Affects the Creation, Growth and Survival of New Firms,” (with Evan Starr and Natarajan Balasubramanian). Management Science, Vol. 64, No. 2, February 2018, pp. 552–572.

“The Role of Geographic and Organizational Boundaries in Nanotechnology Collaboration.” Annals of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 115/116, December 2014, pp. 177–193.

“Endogeneity in International Business Research,” (with David Reeb and Ishtiaq Mahmood). Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 43, No. 3, April 2012, pp. 211-218. 

“An Empirical Analysis of Pricing in Patent Licensing Contracts.” Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 19, No. 3, June 2010, pp. 927–945.

“Forgetting the Learning Curve for a Moment: How Much is Performance Unrelated to Own Experience?” (with Marco Huesch). Health Economics, Vol. 18, No. 7, July 2009, pp. 855–862.

“What Determines the Profitability of Foreign Direct Investment?  A Subsidiary-Level Analysis of Japanese Multinationals,” (with Hideki Yamawaki). Managerial and Decision Economics, Vol. 29, No. 2/3, March-April 2008, pp. 277–292.

“Resource Accumulation and Overseas Expansion by Japanese Multinationals,” (with Heather Berry). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 65, No. 2, February 2008, pp. 277–302 .

“Competition in Japan,” (with Michael Porter). Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 18, No. 1, Winter 2004, pp. 27–50.

“Strategic Research Partnerships: Empirical Evidence from Asia,” (with Mark Dodgson). Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2003, pp. 223–241.

“Knowledge Sharing in Cooperative Research and Development.” Managerial and Decision Economics, Vol. 24, No. 2-3, March-May 2003, pp. 117–132.

“Measuring the Impact of U.S. Research Consortia,” (with Lee Branstetter). Managerial and Decision Economics, Vol. 24, No. 2-3, March-May 2003, pp. 51–69.

“Formation of R&D Consortia: Industry and Company Effects.” Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 23, No. 11, November 2002, pp. 1033–1050.

“Cooperative R&D in Japan and Korea: A Comparison of Industrial Policy,” (with Dong-Sung Cho). Research Policy, Vol. 31, No. 5, July 2002, pp. 673–692.

“When Do Research Consortia Work Well and Why? Evidence from Japanese Panel Data,” (with Lee Branstetter). American Economic Review, Vol. 92, No. 1, March 2002, pp. 143–159.

“Cooperative R&D: Who Participates and in Which Industries Do Projects Take Place.” Research Policy, Vol. 30, No. 7, August 2001, pp. 993–1018.

“The Diversity of R&D Consortia and Firm Behavior: Evidence from Japanese Data.” Journal of Industrial Economics, Volume 49, No. 2, June 2001, pp. 181–196.

“Competing at Home to Win Abroad: Evidence from Japanese Industry,” (with Michael Porter). Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 83, No. 2, May 2001, pp. 310–322.

“Do Stronger Patents Induce More Innovation? Evidence from the 1988 Japanese Patent Law Reforms,” (with Lee Branstetter). RAND Journal of Economics, Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring 2001, pp. 77–100.

“U.S. Distribution Entry Strategy of Japanese Manufacturing Firms: The Role of Keiretsu,” (with Kenneth Serwin). Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Vol. 14, No. 1, March 2000, pp. 43–72.

“Japanese Research Consortia: A Microeconometric Analysis of Industrial Policy,” (with Lee Branstetter). Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 46, No. 2, June 1998, pp. 207–233.

“Evaluating Government-Sponsored R&D Consortia in Japan: Who Benefits and How?” Research Policy, Vol. 26, No. 4-5, December 1997, pp. 447–473.

“Heterogeneity of Firm Capabilities and Cooperative Research and Development: An Empirical Examination of Motives.” Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 18, special issue, summer 1997, pp. 143–164.


Can Japan Compete? (with Michael Porter and Hirotaka Takeuchi). Perseus Publishing, Cambridge, MA (U.S. distribution), Macmillan, London (non-U.S. distribution), Diamond, Tokyo (Japanese translation), 2000. Commonwealth Publishing, Taipei (Chinese translation), 2001. Sejong Institution, Seoul (Korean translation), 2001. 
Selected as one of the “Books of the Year” by The Economist, December 23, 2000.
Featured on the front page of The New York Times, February 6, 2001. 
Finalist, WH Smith Book Awards in the business category, April 2001.