Bio


Richard Dasher has been Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center since 1994 and, concurrently, Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems since 1998. His research and teaching focus on innovation systems and the impact of new technologies on industry structure and dynamics. Dr. Dasher serves on selection and review committees of major government funding programs for science, technology, and innovation in Canada and Japan. He is an advisor to start-up companies, business accelerators, venture capital firms, and nonprofits in the U.S., China, Japan, and S. Korea. Dr. Dasher was the first non-Japanese person ever asked to join the governance of a Japanese national university, serving as an outside Board Director and member of the Management Council of Tohoku University from 2004 - 2010. Dr. Dasher received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from Stanford University. From 1986 – 90, he was Director of the U.S. State Department’s Advanced Language and Area Training Centers in Japan and Korea that provide full-time curricula to U.S. and Commonwealth Country diplomats assigned to those countries.

Academic Appointments


  • Adjunct Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Board Director, Japan Society of Northern California (2011 - Present)
  • Board Director, Keizai - Silicon Valley U.S.-Japan Business Forum (2002 - Present)
  • Program Committee member, World Premier International Research Center Initiative, JSPS, Japan (2007 - Present)
  • Co-chair, Review Panel, Canada Excellence Research Chairs (2009 - Present)
  • Chair, Steering Committee, Japan - U.S. Innovation Awards (2011 - Present)
  • Advisory Board member, Kyushu University Robert Huang Entrepreneurship Center (2011 - Present)
  • Advisor to the President, Tohoku University (2005 - Present)
  • International Advisory Council, Japan Science and Technology Agency (2014 - Present)
  • International Advisory Board, Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) (2014 - Present)
  • Board Director, then Member of Management Council, Tohoku University (2004 - 2010)

Program Affiliations


  • Center for East Asian Studies

All Publications


  • After the Storm: the impact of the current economic downturn on the globalization of corporate research and development Asia Pacific World Dasher, R. B. 2010; 1 (1): 57-73
  • Value chain restructuring and R&D portfolio management: the effects of system-on-chip integration on the semiconductor and electronics industries INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT Dasher, R. B. 2002; 23 (7-8): 788-812
  • Regularity in Semantic Change Traugott, E. C., Dasher, R. B. Cambridge University Press. 2001