University of Tokyo and Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Japan
IZA World of Labor role
Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Personnel economics, organizational economics, labor economics, and industrial organization
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Faculty Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Japan
Professor, Graduate School of International Management, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan; Assistant Professor, Olin School of Business, Washington University, USA
PhD Economic Policy and Analysis, Stanford University, 1999
"Team incentives and worker heterogeneity: An empirical analysis of the impact of teams on productivity and participation." Journal of Political Economy 111:3 (2003): 465–497 (with B. H. Hamilton and J. A. Nickerson).
“Promotion, turnover, earnings and firm-sponsored training.” Journal of Labor Economics 22:4 (2004): 955–978.
“Specialization, multiskilling and allocation of decision rights.” Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms 12 (2011).
"Market characteristics, intra-firm coordination, and the choice of human resource management systems: Theory and evidence." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (December 2011) (with T. Kato).
“The impact of group contract and governance structure on performance—Evidence from college classrooms.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization (Forthcoming) (with Z. Hansen, J. Pan, and S. Sugawara).
How teams are chosen and how they are compensated can determine how successfully they solve problems and benefit the firmHideo Owan, August 2014The keys to effective teamwork in firms are (1) carefully designed team-formation policies that take into account what level of diversity of skills, knowledge, and demographics is desirable and (2) balanced team-based incentives. Employers need to choose policies that maximize the gains from teamwork through task coordination, problem solving, peer monitoring, and peer learning. Unions and labor market regulations may facilitate or hinder firms’ attempts at introducing teams and team-based incentives.MoreLess