Dr. Dasher has been with the
Management Center at Stanford University since 1993, becoming USATMC Acting Director
in 1994 and Director in 1996. In this capacity, Dr. Dasher holds
consulting faculty appointments in the Department of Electrical
Engineering (technology management) and the Department of Asian
Languages (Japanese business), moving up from Consulting Associate
Professor (1996 – 2003) to Consulting Professor since 2004. He has
additionally served as Executive Director of
Stanford's Center for
Integrated Systems since 1998.
Dr. Dasher was the first non-Japanese person ever
asked to join the senior governance of a Japanese national
university, serving a one-year term on the Board of Directors of
from April 2004. He continues to serve on the Management Steering
Council of Tohoku University and as Special Advisor to the Tohoku
University president. From 2001-2003, he was a member of the
International Advisory Committee to the Japanese Minister of State
for Science and Technology Policy in regard to the creation of the
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.
He is regularly called on to consult for local and regional
governments in Japan, the U.S. and Asia in regard to
innovation-based regional economic development and
Dr. Dasher maintains an active business consulting
practice on international strategy and planning, technology trend
and opportunity analysis, and Japan market entry and performance
improvement. In addition to projects for large firms, he serves as
an outside board director of
in Japan and as advisor to several start-up companies in the U.S.
and China. Since 2000, Dr. Dasher has been an advisor to the
US-Japan Business Incubation Center in San Jose, California.
Dr. Dasher received the Ph.D. in Linguistics from
Stanford University and is co-author with Prof. Elizabeth Traugott
of the book "Regularity in Semantic Change" (Cambridge University
Press, 2002). He is fluent in Japanese and directed the U.S. State
Department's Foreign Service Institute training centers in Japan and
Korea from 1986-90. From 1990-93, Dr. Dasher was a salaried board
director of two Japanese companies in Tokyo, at which he expanded
the companies' business lines to include international IP
licensing. He taught clarinet and chamber music at the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music from 1978-85 and maintains an active
interest in performing and enjoying music.