University of San Francisco USF Peggy Takahashi

Peggy Takahashi

Faculty Emeritus

Faculty Emeritus


Peggy K. Takahashi, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Programs Associate Dean, is a highly accomplished academic with a primary focus on international business management with research interests in organizational strategy and policy, comparative studies of East Asian business (with a concentration on Japan), Keiretsu and Alliance.

Dr. Takahashi's undergraduate courses are designed to help students examine organizational behavior in global firms at both the macro and micro levels. They rigorously explore socio-cultural, communication, operational and human resource systems. Dr. Takahashi sees her role as educator as an opportunity to guide students towards more comprehensive, dynamic modes of thinking. She aims to see students evolve into more humane, socially and environmentally conscious business leaders.

Dr. Takahashi directed the Launch Program from its inception in 2008 through Spring 2014. The Launch Program provides new students the opportunity to form relationships with faculty in small seminar classes as they teach about topics they are passionate about. In 1999, 2001 and 2005, Dr. Takahashi spearheaded and served as group leader of undergraduate study tours to Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.


  • PhD, Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, CA
  • MBA emphasis on International Business and Manufacturing, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, CA
  • MA, Asian Studies, emphasis on Economic History and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • BA, Asian Studies, Pomona College, CA (year of study at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan)

Awards & Distinctions

  • Outstanding Service Award, USF School of Management, 2013, 2007, 1999
  • Selected participant, AACSB-Keizai Koho Center Japan Study Tour, 1998
  • Bradley Foundation Fellow, Institute for Management, University of California, Berkeley, 1992
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellow 1988-89, University of California, Berkeley

Selected Publications

The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.

  • "Foreign Produced Content and Japanese Price Disinflation: An Empirical Study," Journal of International Management Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2010 (with Daniel Blakley, Joel Oberstone and Yasuhiro Akiyama)
  • "Consumer price disinflation in Japan 1900-2004: A management perspective," Journal of International Management Studies, Vol. 3, Number 2, 2008 (with Daniel Blakley and Hijazi Nayef)
  • "Task Interdependence and Wage Dispersion: An Empirical Study of U.S. and Japanese Manufacturing Plants,"International Review of Business, No. 7, March 2004
  • "How Japan can move toward a Third Major Reform," co-authored with Toshiya Kitayama, Chapter 7 in The Challenge of Change: East Asia in the New Millennium, Edited by David Arase, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2003

Additional Information

  • Director, Launch into Business Program, USF School of Management, 2008 - present
  • Chair, Undergraduate Program Committee, University of San Francisco, 1999-2000
  • Native speaker of Japanese