BA MPhil PGCE FIL
Lola Okazaki-Ward obtained her first degree in sociology from Nottingham and an MPhil in Social History from Sheffield University. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Linguists. After teaching at Sheffield University, Lola worked for Sumitomo Rubber Industries of Japan as Group Liaison Officer and PA to the Chairman at its European project headquarters in Birmingham. She then moved to Warwick University to teach on Japanese business and conducted ESRC/SERC funded research on the transfer of Japanese production systems to the UK, followed by SERC funded comparative research on management development in Japan and the UK. At Stirling University she taught on, consulted and liaised with Japanese businesses and, funded by the Foundation of Management Education, undertook further research on management education and training in Japan, publishing a book with the same title in 1993. Since joining Cranfield as a Research Officer in 1992 at the Centre of Management Development, she has been working principally on the top team competencies research conducted in Japan. Her current areas of research extends to issues of corporate governance in Japan, and acomparative study of human resources management of R & D staff in the UK and Japan. She also acts as Japan Liaison Officer for the School utilizing her extensive contacts in Japan's business community, management education organisations and universities.