James Richardson, Ph.D.

James Richardson is Associate Professor of Management at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he teaches entrepreneurship and strategy. Recent research projects have looked at social networks around venture capital in China, international variation in institutional support for entrepreneurship, and business models in strategy execution. He has published articles in Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and other leading management journals. He received his PhD from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, an SM in operations research from MIT, and a BA from the University of Hawaii. An avid surfer, he lives on the North Shore of Oahu where he runs Surflight Hawaii, a surfboard manufacturer based on a patented high performance soft surfboard technology.

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A Mouse (Maker) Roars at the Industry’s Giants

Logitech has prospered lately with mice and keyboards that complement the PCs and mobile devices of industry leaders Apple, Google, and Amazon. Now the company wants to compete with them for a central role in the emerging home automation market.

General Motors: A Continental Retreat

After pulling Chevrolet out of Europe in 2013, prospects for General Motors there have not improved. Now GM has agreed to pay French automaker PSA Group to take Opel and Vauxhall Motors as it exits Europe.

The $200 All-Seeing Line Judge

A successful French inventor and tech entrepreneur has developed a $200 device that can detect whether tennis balls are in or out. How will Sony, with its $60,000 system for tournament play, respond to this potentially disruptive innovation?

How to Lose $6 Billion

Nuclear power looked like a promising business when Toshiba acquired Westinghouse Electric in 2006. Now cost overruns and delays at the only nuclear plants under construction in the United States since 1979 will cripple, if not bankrupt, the once formidable industrial conglomerate.


Trump’s talk of hard line dealing with China over trade has Hollywood worried. The Chinese had promised to further open their lucrative film market this year, and Hollywood doesn’t want anything to change their minds.