AcademicsFaculty Information

YASUI Toshiyuki

Dean of Department of Social System Design and Professor
Ph. D.
Officeシ啌oom 716
Office Hoursシ啜hursday, 9:00-10:40am

Academic Field / Expertise

Social System Design, Public Policy

Courses to Offer

Public Management Theory

Studies in Socioeconomic System

SDGs, the world and us

Introduction to Social System Design

Summary of the Research Undertaken

This researcher studies the methodology to construct core question for social issues that do not have a "correct answer", and to grasp the solutions as oneness by breaking the shell of creativity and intuition (design thinking) for the well-being of the world and individuals. He researches a methodology called 窶徭ocial system design窶 that can be systematically proposed to the society as a new value (system thinking) and skills to carry on a project (project management).

Research Themes

  • Development and validation of methodology that emerge social innovation.
  • Development and validation of social design methodology to positively change the world.
  • Method to development and validate the concept of well-being-centered design.
  • Development of a methodology for social design of local currencies that improves the subjective well-being at local communities.
  • Development of the correlation between job engagement, subjective well-being, and corporate growth as well as its design methodology.
  • Development and validation of dialogue methods that promote social innovation.
  • Construction of a mechanism to enhance subjective well-being and revitalization of local communities and verification by promoting social-capital-based connections among local residents.
  • Development of architecture to establish "ba" design and to enhance subjective well-being of local residents for revitalization.
  • Development and verification of a methodology to emerge innovation using system and design thinking.
  • Development and verification of financial methods in which finance creates new value to enhance subjective well-being of local residents.

Details of the Research

In order to realize the society where both the earth and individuals are in the state of well-being, the researcher studies the academic framework of design thinking, systems thinking and project management to explore solutions to various social issues, which is creative methodologies to be put into practice. The methodology is called social system design.

The central concept of the methodology is "well-being-centered design", which is advanced from the human-centered design, to design well-being both for the earth and individuals.

Since quality and quantity of human connections is scientifically proved to correlate with subjective well-being, the researcher focuses upon design of local currency that mediates local socio-economic activities to strengthen social capital for enhancing subjective well-being. The researcher particularly pays attention to the academic approach to identify currency for paying-it-forward, and are studying how it is related to enhance the user's subjective well-being.

The researcher also studies the correlation between job engagement, subjective well-being of corporate employees and corporate growth in the fields of the design methodology and validation. Studies are forwarded to the fields of the dialogue theories to enhance social innovation.

The researcher is member of the Japan Academic Society of Regional Revitalization, and councilor of the Japan Creativity Society.

List of Papers

  • Okuyama, M., Sakakura, K., Yasui, T., Maeno, T. (2019) 窶錬uilding an Open Innovation Model over a Horizontal Network by Applying the Open Innovation Theory on SMEs in Japan-From a Case Study on Shitamachi Bobsleigh Network Project in Ota City, Tokyo', International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, in press [peer-reviewed]
  • Toshiyuki Yasui, Seiko Shirasaka, Takashi Maeno (2014) 窶魯esigning Critical Policy Infrastructures by Participatory Systems Analysis: The Case of Fukushima窶冱 Reconstruction窶, International Journal of Critical Infrastructures, Vol. 10, Nos. 3/4, pp. 334-346縲[peer-reviewed]
  • Ockie J.H. Bosch, Nam C Nguyen, Takashi Maeno, Toshiyuki Yasui (2013) 窶弄anaging Complex Issues through Evolutionary Learning Laboratories窶, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp. 116-135縲[peer-reviewed]
  • Toshiyuki Yasui (2011) 窶連 New Systems-Engineering Approach for a Socio-Critical System: A Case Study of Claims-Payment Failures of the Japan窶冱 Insurance Industry窶, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Systems Engineering Journal, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 349-363縲[peer-reviewed]
  • Toshiyuki Yasui, Madoka Maeno, Naoko Hirota, Takashi Maeno (2015), 窶牢ystemic Expansion of Solution Space for Social Innovation: Structured Multiplication Approach to Solve Social Issues窶, Proceedings, The 9th Asia-Pacific Council on Systems Engineering Conference (APCOSEC 2015), Seoul, Korea, October 13-15, pp. 542-548縲[peer-reviewed]

Books and Other Publications

  • Shimizu, M. and Yasui, T., 窶呂hapter 19 Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster in 2011: Lessons for Public Management窶, pp.457-478, in Brown, D.C.G. and Czaputowicz, J. (eds), Dealing with Disaster: Public Capabilities for Crisis and Contingency Management, IIAS Public Governance Series (Vol. 2, 1st Edition), Brussels: IIAS-IISA, ISBN:979863200705
  • Okuyama, M., Yasui, T., Maneo, T. and Sakakura, K., 窶呂hapter 11: The empirical study on the emergence and diffusion process of design-driven innovation initiated by knowledge creation: from the field study in the industrial cluster of the Sumida Ward, Tokyo窶, pp. 230-258, Bernhard, I., Grテ・sjテカ, U., and Karlson, C. (eds.), Diversity, Innovation And Clusters: Spatial Perspectives, Cheltenhom, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, May 2020, ISBN:9781789902570
  • Toshiyuki Yasui, Takashi Maeno, Seiko Shirasaka, Yoshikazu Tomita, kanenori Ishibashi, 窶聾orkshop-based Policy Platform for Public-Private Partnership (WP5): Designing Co-Creative Policy-Making Platform for Regional Development of Nagano' , pp. 287-301, Kazuto Imazeki, Toshiyuki Yasui, Takashi Maeno, 窶連n Evaluation Method of a Service Business Model Using Wants Chain Analysis' , pp. 523-538, Kazuto Imazeki, Toshiyuki Yasui, Takashi Maeno, 窶魯esign Method of Target Customer窶冱 WANTs for a Service Based on Classification of Services Using WANTs' , pp.539-550, Takashi Maeno, Yuriko Sawatani, Tatsunori Hara (Eds.), Serviceology for Designing the Future: Selected and Edited Papers of the 2nd International Conference on Serviceology, New York: Springer, November 2016, ISBN 978-4-431-55861-3
  • Yasui, T., Shirasaka, S., Maeno, T., 窶呂hapter 6: Methodology of Workshop-Based Innovative System Design Grounded in Systems Engineering and Design Thinking窶, pp.79-89, Maeno, T., Shirasaka, S., Yasui, T., 窶呂hapter 7: Wants Chain Analysis: Analysis and Design Methods of Social Systems Taking into Consideration the Diversity of People窶冱 Needs窶, pp. 91-105, Kwan, Stephen K., Spohrer, James C., Sawatani, Y. (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Service Science: Japan, New York: Springer, June 2016, ISBN978-1-4939-3594-9
  • Nishimori, M., Kanke, M., Tsutsuki, A., Kohtake, N., Shirasaka, S., Yasui, T., 窶楼ptimal Policy Design for Disaster-Hit Area of Japan: Bottom-Up Systems Analysis of Special Zone for Reconstruction by the ISDM窶, in Gheorge, A.V., Masera, M., Katina, P.F. (eds.), Infranomics: Sustainability, Engineering Design and Governance, New York: Springer, December 2013, ISBN978-3319024929


Professional Qualifications

  • Project Management Professional (certified by Project Management Institute)

Key Words of the Research

Social system design, Social innovation, subjective well-being, happiness, finance, public policy, dialogue, regional revitalization, local currency, international development
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