Name OKADA Koji
Official Title Professor
Affiliation Environmental Management and Sustainabilty, Environmental Studies
Profile My specialty is industrial engineering and business management, especially business model planning and program/project management. I have over 20 years' theoretical and practical study experience on those areas in Japanese manufacturer.
In those domains, one of my research interest is development of methodology for business modelling and simulation. For sustainable development, contributions of enterprises would be essential. Enterprises should transform their own business models for sustainable development. To plan effectively their business model transformation, methodology to design their new business models and to computationally simulate them to confirm the feasibility would be demanded. Our laboratory is trying to understand the business context mechanisms from business case studies and establish the library/database of them with simulatable model representation based on system dynamics. Moreover, the business model CAD (Computer Aided Design) system developing, will be able to support the planning of new business model by using the business context mechanism library/database. Also the enterprise information mining method is being developed. This method would be able to extract useful information from the companies' disclosure document by applying data/text mining technique, in order to obtain the clue for understanding business context mechanisms.
Another my research interest is PPPM (Portfolio, Program and Project Management). To successfully perform their business model transformation, program and project management would be essential, because business model transformation would be realized by conducting program/project. Portfolio management would be also important under the limitation of resources. I conducting PPPM researches by applying project behavior simulator and machine learning agents which are able to learn quasi-optimal project management action rules.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. (1) Business modelling and simulation for sustainable development

    In business model planning, the key for success is share the concepts and impacts of new business models with not only planning members but also various stakeholders. To share the concepts an impacts, we have to describe the concept of business models and to share the impacts of them in reasonable and effective way.

  2. (2) Program and project management for business transformation

    To transform into new business models successfully, program and project management are essential, because social or business transformations are conducted by program and project activities rather than routine operation for repeatability. There are various research approaches for program and project management, however unique difficulties are in this research field, because of the characteristics such as uniqueness, long term, few samples, and impact criticality. Therefore, we are studying them base upon constructive approach, that is computer simulation approach.

Representative Papers
  1. Shu Kawanami, Ken Hidema, Koji Okada: "Proposal of a Method Extracting Strategic Phrases from Japanese Enterprise Disclosure Documents", 9th International Congress on Advanced Applied Informatics, pp.510-515, (2020/9).
  2. Tsutomu Hayashi, Koji Okada: "Simulation on Mass Production & Sales Product Development Project by Employing Machine Learning Agent", Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Project Management (ProMAC 2019),pp.38-50,(2019/11).
  3. Koji Okada: "Study on Machine-Learnability of Project Management Action Rules Based upon Reinforcement Learning in Variety of Project Sizes", Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Project Management (ProMAC 2018),pp.602-609,(2018/11).
  4. Koji Okada, Hayato Nishizono, Kosuke Tsubouchi, Tatsuya Hirukawa: "Proposal of a Method to Understand and Model Dynamic Mechanisms Existing in Business Context", 7th International Congress on Advanced Applied Informatics, pp.781-786, (2018/7).
  5. Koji Okada: "Study on Applicability of Project-Behavior Simulation System as a Research Platform for Project Management", Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Project Management (ProMAC 2017), pp.921-926, (2017/11).
  6. Ayaka Oshima, Koji Okada: "Estimation of Risk Countermeasure Effects Based upon Project-Behavior Simulation System", 6th International Congress on Advanced Applied Informatics, pp.307-312,(2017/7).
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Recruitment of research assistant(s) No
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) (1) Internatiomal association of project & program manegement (Regular)
(2) The society of project management (Regular)
Education Field (Undergraduate level) Business model, Project management
Education Field (Graduate level) Advanced environmental management and sustainablity