Yasuyuki Motoyama

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geography and Atmospheric Science; School of Business
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-4738
Lindley Hall, room 417
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


I study economic geography, more specifically innovation, entrepreneurship, and regional development.

I am not a traditional academic as I walked the paths of consulting firms (Nomura Research Institute: 1997-99 & Institute for the Future: 2000-02) and philanthropy (Kauffman Foundation: 2011-17).  Based on these experiences, I believe that the greatest impact can be made when academics work with various kinds of stakeholders, such as non-profits, for-profits, and government.

I received my Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from University of California, Berkeley, Master of Public Administration from Cornell University, and Bachelor of Arts in triple majors in History, International Relations, and Political Science from University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Teaching

GEOG 352: Economic Geography

GEOG 552: Special Topics: Data Use and Limitation in Geography

Selected Publications

Motoyama, Y. and K. Knowlton. 2017. Examining the Connections within the Startup Ecosystem: A Case Study of St. Louis. Entrepreneurship Research Journal. 7(1): 1-32.

Motoyama, Y. and H. Mayer. 2017. Revisiting the Roles of University in Regional Economic Development. Growth and Change.

Motoyama, Y. and K. Knowlton. 2016. From Resource Munificence to Ecosystem Integration: The Case of Government Sponsorship in St. Louis. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. 28(5-6):448-470.

Malizia, E. and Y. Motoyama. 2015. The Economic Development – Vibrant Center Connection: Tracking High-Growth Firms in the D.C. Region. Professional Geographer. 68(3): 349-355.

Motoyama, Y. and I. Hui. 2015. How Do Business Owners Perceive the Business Climate? Using the Hierarchical Models to Examine Business Climate Perception and State Rankings. Economic Development Quarterly. 29(3): 262-274.

Motoyama, Y. 2015. The State-Level Geographic Analysis of High-Growth Firms. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. 27(2): 213-227.

Motoyama, Y. 2014. Long-Term Collaboration between Universities and Industry: A Case Study of Nanotechnology Development in Japan. Technology in Society. 36(1): 39-51.

Motoyama, Y., R. Appelbaum, and C. Cao. 2014. Observing Regional Divergence of Chinese Nanotechnology Centers. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 81(1): 11-21.

Mehta, A., P. Herron, Y. Motoyama, T. Lenoir, and R. Appelbaum. 2012. Globalization and De-globalization in Nanotechnology Research: The Role of China. Scientometrics. 93: 439-458.

Motoyama, Y. and M. Eisler. 2011. Bibliometry and Nanotechnology: A Meta-Analysis. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 78: 1174-1182.

Motoyama, Y., R. Appelbaum, and R. Parker. 2011. The National Nanotechnology Initiative: Federal Support for Science and Technology, or Hidden Industrial Policy? Technology in Society. 33(1-2): 109-118.

Motoyama, Y. 2011. Innovation and Location: A Case Study of Sony’s Vaio Laptop. Journal of Industrial Geographer. 8(1): 1-25.

Quan, X. and Y. Motoyama. 2010. Empirical Disaggregation of Social Networks: A Study of Ethnic Professional Associations and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. 23(4): 509-526.

Cohen, S., A. Di Minin, Y. Motoyama, and C. Palmberg. 2009. Persistence of Home Bias for Important R&D in Wireless Telecom and Automobiles. Review of Policy Research 26 (1-2): 55-76.

Motoyama, Y. 2008. What was New about the Cluster Theory? What Could It Answer, and What Could It Not Answer? Economic Development Quarterly. 22(4): 353-363.


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