Richard Colignon, Ph.D.

Chair; Professor


Courses Taught

Economic Sociology; Organizational Theory; Research Methodology

Education

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Research Interests

Colignon's recent work involves the issue of entrepreneurship and work. His work on entrepreneurial activity has taken two forms: economic history and cross national comparisons, including work on the economic sociology of Japanese entrepreneurship since the Meiji Restoration. This research analyzed the waves of industrial innovation over the last 100 plus years in Japan and the individuals involved.

He has worked with the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor data on cross national analyses of entrepreneurial activity and societal and industrial regulation.

Colignon has been involved in research on employment and retirement policies in Japan. With the long-term trend toward earlier retirement slowing, and the majority of older workers remaining in employment up to and beyond statutory retirement age. Bridge employment patterns and activities have changed greatly over the past decade. He has been involved in comparative international comprehensive summary of the literature on bridge employment from Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan.

Publications and Media Placements

Publications

2014: Usui, C & Colignon, RA, Japanese Approach to Bridge Jobs, in Bridge Employment: A Research Handbook, eds. Carlos-Maria Alcover, Gabriela Topa, Emma Parry, Franco Fraccaroli, Marco Depolo. Routledge (April).

2012: Usui, C & Colignon, RA, Entrepreneurial Activity in Japan, China and the U.S. Journal of International Business Research and Practice, Vol. 6: 49-61.

Presentations

2015: Usui, C & Colignon, RA, Bridge Jobs: Solution to job mismatch of older workers in Japan. 28th Annual Conference Program Information Association of Japanese Business Studies, Bengaluru, India. June 26.

2014: Colignon,RA, "Date, Masemune" St. Louis Tohoku, Ishinomaki program, funded by the U.S.-Japan Council's TOMODACHI and coordinated by the National Association of Japan America Societies. June 14.

2013: Usui, C. & Colignon,RA Bridging to full retirement: How is Japan Managing the Aging Work Force? Presentation at the 26th Annual Conference of the Association of Japanese Business Studies, Istanbul, Turkey Washington D.C., July 2-3.

2013: Colignon, RA &Usui, C. Expect to Employ: Growth Oriented Entrepreneurial activity, Presentation at the 26th Annual Conference of the Association of Japanese Business Studies, Istanbul, Turkey Washington D.C., July 2-3.

2013: Colignon, RA & Usui,C Expect to Employ: Growth Oriented Entrepreneurial activity, Presentation the 49th Annual Conference of the Midwest Business Administration Association, Chicago, IL., February 27-29.

2012: Colignon, RA & C. Usui, Institutional Context of Entrepreneurial Processes presentation at the 25th Annual Conference of the Association of Japanese Business Studies, Washington D.C., June 28-30.

2012: Collignon, RA & Usui, C.,Entrepreneurial Activity in Japan, China and the U.S. Presented at the Academy of International Business-Midwest, Chicago, IL.

2011: Colignon, RA & Usui,C., Japan's Entrepreneurial Activity in Comparative Perspective presentation at the 24th Annual Conference of the Association of Japanese Business Studies, Nagoya, Japan, June 26-28.