James Abegglen

James Abegglen

   

James Abegglen was a former BCG senior partner and managing director. Abegglen joined BCG in 1965, and opened BCG’s first office in Japan. Abegglen was an early thoughtful observer of Japan's companies. He spotlighted the emerging excellence of the best Japanese companies, growing in a supportive economic environment, to compete on the world stage.

Prior to joining BCG, Abegglen served as a U.S. Marine private during World War II. After the war, he received a PhD in anthropology and clinical psychology at the University of Chicago. He then attended Harvard University for postdoctoral studies in economics. In 1955, he traveled to Japan as a Ford Foundation Fellow. His research led to the books, The Japanese Factory and Management and the Worker: The Japanese Solution. He went on to author many articles, speeches, and books.

In 1984, Abegglen retired from BCG and formed Asia Advisory Service Inc. He became the dean at Sophia’s University’s business school. He was a member of the boards of Ferragamo, Nikkei Science, and Learning Technologies; and an advisor to a Warburg Pincus equity fund, Broadview Associates, and Gemini Consulting.

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