Henry  Chesbrough, PhD

Henry Chesbrough, PhD

University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Faculty Director, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation | Adjunct Professor | Mike and Carol Meyer Fellow

Expertise: technology managementInnovation StrategyCorporate InnovationOpen InnovationBusiness DevelopmentManaging Intellectual PropertyIndustry Evolution

Henry Chesbrough, who coined the term “open innovation,” is faculty director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at Berkeley Haas. His research focuses on technology management and innovation strategy. He also teaches at Esade Business School at Spain’s University Ramon Llull. He has been an adjunct professor at the Harvard Business School and previously served as product manager and vice president of marketing at Quantum Corporation, a manufacturer of data storage devices and systems. He earned a BA in economics from Yale University, an MBA from Stanford University, and a PhD in business administration from Berkeley Haas.

Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external and internal ideas and paths to market to advance their technology. The central idea behind open innovation is that—in a world of widely distributed knowledge where the boundaries between a firm and its environment have become more permeable—companies cannot afford to rely entirely on their own research but should instead buy or license processes or inventions from other companies. In addition, internal inventions not being used in a firm’s business should be taken outside the company (e.g., through licensing, joint ventures, spin-offs).


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The development of an openly innovative approach means that companies can be spun off from large corporates or they can emerge independently. The open innovation model results in a more profitable route to innovation. This is due in the main to reduced costs, accelerated time to market and increased market differentiation.

- The Pioneer Trail Towards Open Innovation

One of the key elements of open innovation is collaboration. By seeking out external partners with capabilities that complement and synergise with their inhouse expertise, business owners can move more quickly to plug gaps in their value chain, develop better products and services, colonise a niche in existing markets, and even expand into new markets. Read more from Asian Scientist Magazine at: https://www.asianscientist.com/2018/10/features/ipi-singapore-innovate-collaborate-research-development/

- To Innovate, Why Not Collaborate

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