Mariko Sakakibara

Professor of Policy
(310) 825-7831
Areas of Expertise:
  • Business and Government
  • Global Competition
  • Industrial Organization
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Japanese Economy
  • Multinational Companies
  • Research and Development
  • Strategic Alliances




Mariko Sakakibara joined the UCLA Anderson faculty in 1994. She 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.

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.

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 in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Israel, 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

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.

Sakakibara, M. (June 2010). An Empirical Analysis of Pricing in Patent Licensing Contracts. Industrial and Corporate Change, 19, 3, pp. 927-945.

Berry, H. and Sakakibara, M. (February 2008). Resource Accumulation and Overseas Expansion by Japanese Multinationals. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 65, 2, pp. 277-302.

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.

Porter, M.E. and Sakakibara, M. (Winter 2004). Competition in Japan. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 18, 1, pp. 27-50.

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

Sakakibara, M. (March-May 2003). Knowledge Sharing in Cooperative Research and Development. Managerial and Decision Economics, 24, 2-3, pp. 117-132.

Sakakibara, M. and Branstetter, L. (March-May 2003). Measuring the Impact of US Research Consortia. Managerial and Decision Economics, 24, 2-3, pp. 51-69.

Sakakibara, M. (November 2002). Formation of R&D Consortia: Industry and Company Effects. Strategic Management Journal, 23, 11, pp. 1033-1050.

Sakakibara, M. and Cho, D-S. (July 2002). Cooperative R&D in Japan and Korea: A Comparison of Industrial Policy. Research Policy, 31, 5, pp. 673-692.

Branstetter, L.G. and Sakakibara, M. (March 2002). When Do Research Consortia Work Well and Why? Evidence from Japanese Panel Data. The American Economic Review, 92, 1, pp. 143-159.

Sakakibara, M. (August 2001). Cooperative Research and Development: Who Participates and in Which Industries Do Projects Take Place?. Research Policy, 30, 7, pp. 993-1018.

Sakakibara, M. (June 2001). The Diversity of R&D Consortia and Firm Behavior: Evidence from Japanese Data. Journal of Industrial Economics, 49, 2, pp. 181-196.

Sakakibara, M. and Porter, M.E. (May 2001). Competing at Home to Win Abroad: Evidence from Japanese Industry. Review of Economics and Statistics, 83, 2, pp. 310-322.

Sakakibara, M. and Branstetter, L. (Spring 2001). Do Stronger Patents Induce More Innovation? Evidence from the 1988 Japanese Patent Law Reforms. RAND Journal of Economics, 32, 1, pp. 77-100.