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Yasuyuki Motoyama

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geography and Atmospheric Science, Business
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, Kansas 66045



Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

M.A., Master of Public Administration, Cornell University

B.A., Triple Majors in History, International Relations, and Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Teaching Interests

  • Economic geography
  • Geography of innovations and entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship ecosystems

Selected Publications

Motoyama, Y. Goetz, S. & Han, Y. (2018). Where Do Entrepreneurs Get Information? Analyzing Twitter Following Patterns of Entrepreneurs. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 30(3), 253-274.

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

Motoyama, Y. & Malizia, E. (2017). Supply Push or Demand Pull? Metro-Level Analysis of Startups in the U.S. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 4(1), 232-246. www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21681376.2017.1379885

Motoyama, Y. & Mayer, H. (2017). Revisiting the Roles of University in Regional Economic Development. Growth and Change, 48(4), 787-804.

Motoyama, Y. & Knowlton, K. (2016). From Resource Munificence to Ecosystem Integration: The Case of Government Sponsorship in St. Louis. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 28(56), 448-470.

Motoyama, Y. & Hui, I. (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.

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

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

Motoyama, Y. (2012). Global Companies, Local Innovations: How Engineering Aspects of Innovation Making Require Geographical Proximity, Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing.

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

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

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

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

Quan, X. & Motoyama, Y. (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. Di Minin, A. Motoyama, Y. & Palmberg, C. (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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Selected Presentations

Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science Events
2019 GPRM-AAG Annual Meeting